José Tomás

24 of June, perform José Tomás bullfighter in Alicante Bullring. Reserve your tickets early.

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Date of birth: August 20, 1975, Galapagar (Madrid)

Debut as a novice (novillero) with picadors: July 24, 1993 in Benidorm

Alternativa (a ceremony in which a bullfighter authorizes a novice to become a “doctorate” bullfighter): December 10, 1995, Mexico

Confirmación (a matador confirms his own alternativa or doctorate): May 14, 1996, Las Ventas, Madrid

José Tomás Roman Martin is know as José Tomás in  the world of bullfighting. The son of  Isabel and José Tomás, he is the eldest of four sons. His passion for bullfighting was groomed in him by his grandfather, Celestino Román, with whom he attended bullfights as a child at Las Ventas.

His debut as novillero took place in Mexico, where he was obliged to go because of the few bullfighting opportunities in Spain.  Taking the alternativa in 1995, and as a fully fledged matador, he triumphed in the most important bullrings in the world. At Las Ventas he seven times left the ring via the Puerta Grande hoisted on his teammates shoulders.

In a short period of time, he became one of the most important matadors of his generation, competing with other matadors such as Enrique Ponce and El Juli. He displays valor, serenity, closeness to the bull and a superb aptitude and inborn disposition for bullfighting.

A controversial and noticeably reserved bullfighter, José Tomás inexplicably decided to retire from the bullring in 2002, then to reappear in 2007 at the Monumental bullring in Barcelona, considered to be his talisman bullring. Since then, he has generated great expectations in each of his rare appearances, in which he has triumphed and attracted large gatherings of aficionados.

Honors have  included the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts (Medalla de Oro al Mérito de las Bellas Artes) in 2007, Favorite Son (Hijo predilecto) of Galapar, and Gold Medal of the City of Madrid.


* Translation by Robert Frederick Tatlow