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Famous Artists from Spain

by on Sep.13, 2012, under spain

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There’s more to Spain than sun-drenched beaches and buzzing night-life – not that there’s anything wrong with those! The country has an awe-inspiring record when it comes to producing people of genius, individuals who have made their mark on the worlds of art, architecture, music and literature. Here’s a list of some noteworthy Spaniards.

During the London games opening ceremony, we were kept on the edge of our seats as we watched Team Spain enter the stadium in a brightly coloured and patterned tracksuits. Although the rest of the world might have been a bit sceptical, they paid tribute to the great Antoni Gaudi, the famous Barcelona architect.

Responsible for designing a large majority of the city’s most renowned structures, Gaudi is a pioneer in Spanish art as well as architecture. From his ceramic pieces at Park Guell to the incomplete Segrada Familia, a project he worked on up until his death, Barcelona’s skyline celebrates his genius visions and creations. Not only is he famous for his contributions to Spain, but he’s also world famous for his inspiring works and today remains a major part of the city’s tourist attractions.

From Taylor Swift to Professor Green, it’s fair to say a lot of our famous artists are from either America or Britain, however in the 1970s and 80s it was all about one man — the iconic Julio Iglesias. Who although ended up calling Miami his home, was born and raised in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

One of his first international appearances was representing Spain at the 1970 Eurovision song contest, although he only managed fourth place. His move to the US was prompted by the kidnapping of his father by Basque terrorists in 1981 (the experience seems to have had no lasting ill effects on Julio Snr, a gynaecologist who fathered his two youngest children at 89 and 91).

Catherine McCulloch is a writer who loves to go on holiday to Spain.

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