Famous Spanish Architects

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Antoni Gaudí
(Architect)
Antoni Gaudí
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Birthdate: June 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reus
Died: June 10, 1926
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is remembered as a prominent figure of Catalan Modernism. Most of his works, including the incomplete church of the Sagrada Família, are in Barcelona. His innovative methods included the use of trencadís. By 2005, seven of his creations had been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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El Greco
(Greek Painter, Sculptor and Architect of the Spanish Renaissance)
El Greco
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Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: April 7, 1614
Artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos never let anyone forget his Greek heritage and almost always signed his art in Greek letters. Popularly known as El Greco, he was a significant figure of the Spanish Renaissance. His best-known works remain The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and The Assumption of the Virgin.
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Santiago Calatrava
(Architect, sculptor, painter)
Santiago Calatrava
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Birthdate: July 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benimàmet, Valencia

Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish architect and a structural engineer, internationally known for his sculptural bridges and buildings. Beginning his career in Zurich, building industrial and transportation structures, he soon became famed for his extraordinary designs and began to receive commissions from abroad, designing and building marvelous bridges, stadiums, museums, railway stations, airports, office buildings all over the world.

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César Manrique
(Spanish Artist, Sculptor and Architect)
César Manrique
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Birthdate: April 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arrecife, Spain
Died: September 25, 1992

Spanish artist, sculptor, and architect César Manrique had dropped out of his architecture school because he didn’t like its technical regulations. He later studied painting in Madrid. His creations in Lanzarote, such as the Jameos del Agua and his own house, mingle effortlessly with the volcanic formations of the Canary Islands.

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Rafael Moneo
(Architect)
Rafael Moneo
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Birthdate: May 9, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tudela
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Ricardo Bofill
(Founded Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura in 1963)
Ricardo Bofill
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Birthdate: December 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
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Felix Candela
(Architect)
Felix Candela
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Birthdate: January 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 7, 1997
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Josep Lluís Sert
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Birthdate: July 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: March 15, 1983
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Ramon Casas
(Painter)
Ramon Casas
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Birthdate: January 4, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: February 29, 1932

Catalan artist Ramon Casas was primarily known for his portraits. Born into an affluent family, he also gained fame for his oil paintings that he sold as postcards and posters, giving rise to the movement known as Modernisme. He also partially funded the Els Quatre Gats bar.

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Enric Miralles
(Architect)
Enric Miralles
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Birthdate: February 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: July 3, 2000
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Juan de Herrera
(Architect)
Juan de Herrera
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Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Roiz, Spain
Died: January 15, 1597
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Mariasela Alvarez
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Birthdate: January 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Alonso Berruguete
(Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Architect Known for His Emotive Sculptures Depicting Religious Ecstasy or Torment)
Alonso Berruguete
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Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Paredes de Nava, Spain
Died: August 31, 1561

Mannerist sculptor and artist Alonso Berruguete is one of the greatest figures of the Spanish Renaissance. He was initially trained by his painter father Pedro Berruguete and grew up to be a master of wood sculptures. He had also briefly been the court painter of Charles V.

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Manuel Tolsá
(Architect)
Manuel Tolsá
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Birthdate: May 4, 1757
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Enguera, Spain
Died: December 24, 1816

Spanish-born sculptor and architect Manuel Tolsá is credited with introducing Neoclassical art to Mexico, then known as New Spain. His most iconic works include the construction of the College of Mines and the completion of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral. Apart from Neoclassical symmetry, he also used Baroque elements.

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Rafael Aranda
(Architect)
Rafael Aranda
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Birthdate: May 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olot, Spain
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Alonso Cano
(Spanish Painter, Architect, and Sculptor)
Alonso Cano
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Birthdate: March 19, 1601
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: September 3, 1667

Remembered as the Spanish Michelangelo for his artistic diversity, Alonso Cano excelled as a painter, sculptor, and architect. Apart from being the court painter of Philip IV, he had also been the first royal architect. His paintings have strong streaks of tenebrism, or a focus on darkness.

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Diego Siloe
(Architect)
Diego Siloe
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Birthdate: 1495 AD
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Died: October 22, 1563

Diego Siloe was a Spanish Renaissance architect and sculptor. He is considered a progenitor of the Granadan school of sculpture. Not much is known about him, but it is believed he was the son of the Spanish-Flemish Gothic sculptor Gil de Siloé. The Cathedral of Granada and the tomb of Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba are considered his greatest works. 

Francisco Herrera the Younger
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Birthdate: 1622 AD
Birthplace: Sevilla, Spain
Died: August 25, 1685

Francisco Herrera the Younge was a Spanish painter who was known for his contribution to the development of Spanish Baroque style in Seville and Madrid. He began his career in Rome, studying architecture, and became known for his paintings of still life. Later, he returned to Spain, where he continued to paint, creating many masterpieces. He was eventually appointed painter to the Spanish king and superintendent of royal buildings.

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Damià Forment
(Architect)
Damià Forment
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Birthdate: 1480
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: 1540 AD

Regarded as Spain’s most significant sculptors of the 16th century, Damià Forment is remembered for his huge altars and alabaster masterpieces. His works mingled Gothic and Renaissance elements. He is also considered one of the first to introduce Spain to Mannerist art. His works adorn the Huesca Cathedral among others.

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Juan Gil de Hontañón
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Rasines, Spain
Died: May 11, 1531
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Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón
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Birthdate: February 23, 1500
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rascafría, Spain
Died: May 31, 1577
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Juan Guas
(Artist)
Juan Guas
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Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France
Died: 1496 AD

Spanish artist and architect Juan Guas of French origin was one of the main architects who created the Isabelline style, the dominant architectural style of the Crown of Castile during late-15th century to early-16th century. Two of his notable buildings of this style include Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo and Colegio de San Gregorio in Valladolid.  

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Pablo de Céspedes
(Spanish Painter, Poet, and Architect)
Pablo de Céspedes
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Birthdate: 1538 AD
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: July 26, 1608

A descendant of a noble family, Spanish painter, poet, sculptor, and architect Pablo de Céspedes initially studied theology and Oriental languages. He was once charged with heresy in Rome but was acquitted. His most notable works include his poem The Art of Painting and his frescos of Roman churches.

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Jerónimo de Balbás
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Birthplace: Zamora, Spain