Patricia Urquiola. Born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1961, of Basque descent, Patricia Urquiola began very early her exploration work in the discipline of design, at the age of 12 began to feel captivated by the creative world. Her passion carried her, once she finished her basic studies, to leave her hometown and start architecture in the Polytechnic of Madrid, finishing them at the Polytechnic of Milan where she graduated with honors in 1989. Her doctoral thesis was directed by the great Italian architect Achille Castiglioni. After finishing her studies and thanks to a painter friend, she had the opportunity to meet the Italian designers and architects Magdalena DePadova and Vico Magistretti, with whom she discovered other facets of the design and also provided her a valuable professional opportunity, since she worked for them during three years (1990 - 1993) as the director of the product development department of their firm. From this experience, in addition to the opportunity to become familiar with the materials and the factory world, she learned the trade activities.
At the end of her work at the firm of DePadova and Magistretti, she launched herself in 1993 as an entrepreneur opening, with other colleagues, an architecture and interior decoration office until 1996. This year she began her work as coordinator of the creative group of the company Lissoni and Associates, a company owned by the designer Piero Lissoni, until 2000. Starting this year, she began working for top companies like Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Casina or Kartell.
In 1998 Moroso discovers her talent and begins with it a fruitful professional relationship that lasts until today. In 2001 she took the big step and created her own studio in Milan, her adopted city, where she has since, had the opportunity to develop integral projects that combine and reflect her two passions: architecture and design. That same year, she participates as professor in courses of Designing Exhibition and Shop vision in Domus Academy.
Since that time, she has participated in numerous exhibitions and academic activities in countries such as Spain, Holland, Denmark, Finland, the United States and Italy, with the extensive recognition of the international design community.
In 2002 she was jury president of the Design Prize XIX CDIM, Valencia, Spain. A year later, she led the Home Design 2003 seminar, won the Bestsystem Award, Cologne, Germany, with the Moroso Fjord collection, and was invited to Melbourne, Australia, for an EX COMFIA design seminar. She exhibited her work in the Galleria Alina Espacio; Mallorca, Spain and in Pakhuis Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Shee was awarded the Design Award of the Year by the Elle Deco International Design Awards, Bestsystem Award, at the Cologne Fair, Germany and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards.
In 2004 she was member of the jury of the Prize of the Design IMM Cologne, Germany. She was awarded with the XIX Prize Compasso d Oro. Guest of Honor, Fair of Estockholmo, Sweden. She lectured at the School of Architecture in Madrid and at the Alvar Aalto Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In 2005 she received the prize of designer of the year in the category of furniture, by Wallpaper. In 2008 Elle Deco International Design Awards, award her once again, and obtained the prize Designer of the Year in the Hall of Furniture of Paris. The prestigious German magazine Häuser named her the best interior designer of the first decade of the 21st century, in 2009. In that same year, Patricia Urquiola inaugurated in Barcelona her first major project in Spain, the Mandarín Oriental Hotel, a building rehabilitated by the Architect Carlos Ferrater, but she will be the manager of all the interior design. At the Milan Fair she presents his famous Mangas collection.
Her restlessness in the field of design led her to make her stage debut as an scenograph at the opera "La coronación de Poppea" at the Campoamor Theater in 2010. A year later she received a Gold Medal for merit in the Fine Arts. In the year 2013 a monograph on his work titled "Time to make a book" was published. Due to the earthquake in Emilia Romagna, the company Budri, specialist in marbles and stones, saw how their products, the big rocks, were reduced to small pieces. With them Patricia Urquiola created an interesting collection called Earthquake 5.9.
She participated in the exhibition "Objets Nomades" for Louis Vuitton at Design Miami in the year 2015. The furniture company Cassina appointed her design area director, and a year later, a store was opened in Madrid. In Milan the Room Mate Guilia Hotel was redesigned by her, together with the graphic designer Federico Pepe, launches a collection of furniture, inspired by the artist Gerhard Richter and its stained glass windows of the Cologne Cathedral. In 2017 she designed the showroom of the furniture brand Kettal.
Manuel Gutierrez Aragón. Torrelavega, Cantabria, January 2nd, 1942, won with the first novel, La vida antes de marzo, the 2009 Herralde Prize. He arrived in Madrid and entered the Official School of Cinematography, from which he graduated as director in 1970. After filming several short films, 1973 with the feature film Habla, mudita, starring José Luis López Vázquez and KitiManver. The film, which won the Critics' Prize at the Berlin Festival, reflects the opposite universe of an intellectual and a small peasant woman with completely different mentalities. Later, he collaborates in the scripts of Furtivos, of Jose Luis Borau and Las largas vacaciones del 36, of Jaime Camino.
Its next film, Camada negra, is officially prohibited, in spite of having died Franco, until 1977. After gaining in Berlin the Silver Bear to the best direction, it premieres in Madrid in the midst of ultra right-wingers attacks. It would be the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between the director and the actress Angela Molina, protagonist also ofEl corazón del bosque (1979), Demonios en el jardín (1982) y La mitad del cielo (1986).
In 1981, he co-authored the short stories for Jaime Chávarri, Teo Escamilla, José Luis García Sánchez, Carles Mires, Miguel Ángel Pacheco and Gonzalo Suárez.
He has Fernando Fernán Gómez in Maravillas, a film about the discoveries of adolescence in a Jewish context, Feroz, co-written by Elías Querejeta, and La noche mas hermosa, among others, that allow him to place himself at the head of his generation.
In 1991 he made for TVE the series El Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes from the screenplay of Camilo José Cela, with Fernando Rey and Alfredo Landa in the main roles. Eleven years later he would shoot a new version of El Quijote, this time incarnated by Juan Luis Galiardo.
In 1993 he was elected president of the General Society of Authors and Publishers, a post he held until 2001, when he became the author of the Fundación Autor and then the Instituto Buñuel. He has also been chairing the European Federation of Audiovisual Directors since 2000. He also collaborates as a screenwriter on tapes by other directors such as Jarrapellejos by Antonio Giménez-Rico or Cuando vuelvas a mi lado by Gracia Querejeta.
Some of his recent films are Visionarios (2001) and La vida que espera (2004), in which he does not abandon the rural environment and the political reflection inherent in much of his work. In 2008 he portrays the Basque conflict crossing the lives of a terrorist and a threatened by ETA in Todos estamos invitados, while it makes public its intention to leave the cinematographic direction.
Actors of renown like Ana Belén, Imanol Arias, Carmen Maura, Juan Diego, Emma Suárez or Marta Etura have worked under their orders. Author of a complex and progressively popular cinema, Gutiérrez Aragón is one of the most mature and award-winning directors of his generation. He appears as an actor in two films, Corto descafeinado (2007), by Juan Manuel Cotelo and Antonio Esteve and Contra la pared (1988) by Bernardo Fernández.
Gutiérrez Aragón has also ventured into the theater. Thus, in 1979 directed the theatrical version of Peter Weiss on The process of Kafka. He wrote for the National Drama CenterMorirás of another thing, work that directed and premiered in the Teatro María Guerrero of the Spanish capital (1982). In 1998 he also directed two operas based on texts by García Lorca, who were represented at the Teatro de Granada Festival, at the Zarzuela in Madrid and at La Fenice in Venice.
In 2009 he revealed his facet of writer, winning the Herralde Prize with La vida antes de marzo. Anagram publishes in 2012 its second novel, Gloria mía.
The 16 of April of 2015 was chosen by the plenary of the Real Spanish Academy to occupy the chair F, whose previous occupant was Jose Luis Sampedro. He read his speech of entry, In search of film writing, on January 24, 2016.