People & Barcelona


Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926)

was a Catalan architect who worked during the Modernisme (Art Nouveau) period but became famous for his unique and highly individualistic designs regarded as beyond the scope of Modernisme. He gave a great contribution to Barcelona”s appearance. His major buildings include Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló and Crypt of the Church of Colònia Güell. His masterpiece is undoubtly Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family Roman Catholic Basilica, which i still under construction.


Joan Miró by Carl Van Vechten

Joan Miró (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983)

was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona.
Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.


Salvador_DalíSalvador Dalí (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989)

was a prominent Spanish draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.


Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)

pablo_picassowas a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and worked in. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. In the early 20th century, Picasso divided his time between Barcelona and Paris. He demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; during the first decade of the 20th century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas.


Josep Carreras (born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras

José Carrerasis a Catalan tenor particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the opera stage at the age of 11 and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and in the recording studio. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of The Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation, which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.


Joan Manuel Serrat (27 December 1943)

is a Spanish Catalan singer-songwriter.serrat
He is considered one of the most important figures of modern, popular music in both the Spanish and Catalan languages. He became involved with music at the age of 17, when he got his first guitar, and his long career established him as one of the most important artists inside the Nova cançó movement in Catalonia. In late 1974, Serrat was exiled in Mexico due to his condemnation of arbitrary executions under Franco’s regime. It wasn’t until Franco’s death on November 20, 1975 that Serrat was able to return to his homeland. In January 1995, the Spanish government awarded him a medal for his contribution to Hispanic culture.


Woody Allen (December 1, 1935)

is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, woody allen and playwright. In 2008, after portraying emblematic cities such as Paris and Manhattan, there was no doubt in Woody Allen’s mind when he used Barcelona for his Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It is no coincidence that the filmmaker chose Barcelona and even included the city in the title of his film. He himself has stated that when he was writing the script, “I wasn’t thinking of anything other than creating a story that had Barcelona as a character. I wanted to honour Barcelona, because I love the city very much, and I love Spain in general. It’s a city full of visual beauty and the sensibility of the city is quite romantic.”


Josep “Pep” Guardiola

guardiolais a Spanish football manager and former player. Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder and spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona, whom he currently manages. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona B. In his first season as manager, Barcelona won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest UEFA Champions League winning manager ever. The following season, Guardiola and Barcelona won the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup, bringing the manager’s tally to the maximum of six trophies in six competitions in one year, thus completing the first ever sextuple.


Lionel Messi (born 24 June 1987)

is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. Considered one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world’s best contemporary player, Messi received several Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22. He also won the 2010 and 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or at the age of 23. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his “successor”.