Famous people from Barcelona


If I paint like I paint, it is first of all because I am Catalan.

This Spanish painter, one of Catalan’s contemporary masters active since World War II, was born in Barcelona. He studied law for three years, until he decided to devote himself completely to painting. Involved with the Post-War artistic movement, Dau-al-Set, he was in favour of Surrealism and Dada. Tàpies' first solo exhibition was held in 1950 at Galeries Laietanes in Barcelona.
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If we want a great Catalonia, it must be through the help of everybody, and we all have to live with dignity.

This renowned Catalan Art Nouveau architect contributed immensely to the city's appearance. Born in a small town in the Tarragona Province, sometime between 1873 and 1877 he studied at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona. He was fascinated by nature, incorporating many of its elements into his designs, developing his own unique style,
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She became a legend of flamenco within her lifetime. Born in Somorrostro, one of Barcelona’s slums, Carmen Amaya loved to dance and sing from her early childhood. Raised on the streets, she never attended any dance school, having acquired the name of a purebreed bailaora, as her talent was in her gypsy blood. She began performing in the city's restaurants and taverns. Significantly, Amaya revolutionised the way of dancing flamenco, putting her soul and passion into every move.
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I am a narrator who wants to tell a familiar story, the personal history of a given community, in this case, Barcelona, my city.

Mendoza is a Spanish novelist born in Barcelona, whose works can be an informative and stimulating introduction to this city. He studied law, and afterwards moved to New York, where between 1973 and1982 he worked as an interpreter for the United Nations. His first book, 'The Truth about the Savolta Case',
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The Barcelona Football Club cannot and will not die. If nobody is prepared to do it, then I'll make it my responsibility from now on.

Know also as Hans Kamper, he was the founder and president of FC Barcelona, as well as other football clubs in Switzerland and Spain. Born in Winterthur, from his youngest years he was a devoted sport enthusiast, starting with running and cycling, to playing football, rugby, tennis and golf.
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My hobbies? I like collecting Art Deco objects, and I'm a loyal fan of the FC Barcelona soccer club

One of the most prominent opera tenors of his generation, Carreras was born in Barcelona and lived there until 1951, when his family decided to move to Argentina, only to return a year later. He was raised in Sants, a working class neighbourhood of the Catalan capital. Fascinated by Mario Lanza, he showed a talent for singing,
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This Spanish conductor was born in Barcelona and educated there at the Conservatory in piano, percussion, solo singing and violin. After developing his conducting skills at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna, he led the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, making his debut. In 1996, Domenech won the 1st C. Silvestri International Conducting Competition in Rumania. 1998 marked the beginning of his career as conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain. He toured with this orchestra throughout Spain,
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One of the greatest accomplishments of my life was taking part in the Olympic torch relay of the Games of the XXV Olympiad, Barcelona 1992.

This Spanish sports official is above all remembered as a former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a duty that he preformed from 1980 to 2001. A native of Barcelona, he was raised in a wealthy family, as his father ran a prosperous upholstery business. Though interested in sports from his early years,
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This Barcelona-born architect was an influential representative of the Catalan Art Nouveau. His two most famous designs, Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana, are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All of his buildings reflect Catalan’s unique style with characteristic ornamentation inspired by Arabic architecture. The Barcelonian restaurant El Castell dels 3 Dragons, today's Zoological Museum, introduces an innovative blend of iron and ceramics. Domènech i Montaner was initially a student of physics and the natural sciences,
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Barcelona – Such a beautiful horizon Barcelona – Like a jewel in the sun.

Maria de Montserrat is a well-known Catalan opera singer, impressing the public with her soprano voice and a special method of singing called bel canto. Born and raised in Barcelona, she studied at the prominent Liceu Conservatory, graduating with honours. In 1957, she had her debut at the Basel Opera as Mimì in 'La Bohème'. Later, she sang in the Bremen Opera,
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The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals was a Catalan cellist of an international renown. He was born in El Vendrell in the Tarragona Province as the son of an organist and a choirmaster. As a result, from early childhood he learned how to play the violin, piano and flute. In 1888, he went with his mother to Barcelona, where he studied cello and piano at the prominent Escola Municipal de Música.
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Pau Gasol is considered one of the best European basketball players of our time. He started his professional career in 1999 with club Barcelona, having already won the world and European junior titles with the youth formations of Spain. After winning all possible trophies in Spain in 2001, the young talent decided to move to the NBA playing for theVancouver Grizzlies, called Memphis Grizzlies today. There Gasol spent six years and established himself as one of the finest players in the league.
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Barcelona and Madrid are the two most important clubs in Spain, and they have always been huge rivals.

This Spanish football player is called by his fans the Angel of Madrid, or simply Raúl. Born in the city's suburb Marconi de San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, he devoted his talent to the capital of Spain as well as to the national team. Beginning in 1990, he played in two local youth teams, only to join Real Madrid in 1994.
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In Barcelona you will eat the best fish of the Mediterranean. Add to this the true art of preparing dishes, which I do not hesitate to call philosophic and Homeric.

Considered the greatest Surrealist and one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, Dali's output included paintings, sculpture, book illustrations, jewellery design and work for theatre and film (collaborations with Luis Bunuel and a dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Spellbound', 1945). He also wrote a pretentious autobiography,
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After that I won a prize, I was with a group of ancient music of Spain that they helped me a lot with a grant, you see, during three years. And so I made my debut in 1944 and I found myself helping my family, it was a very poor family.

Born Victoria Gómez Cima, she was an opera singer famous for her outstanding soprano, a Spanish diva, compared only to Montserrat Caballé. She studied at the Barcelona Conservatory,
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This Spanish engineer devoted his professional career to the automotive industry, and was successful in that field. He was born as Wifredo-Pelayo Ricart Medina in Barcelona. Graduating as an industrial engineer in 1918, he took up his first job at Hispano-Suiza, changing the company soon for Motores Ricart-Perez. Breathing in the atmosphere of the 'Happy Twenties' in Barcelona, Ricart designed his first car in 1922. The 4-cylinder automobile was ahead of its time, so that it even ran in the Barcelona Grand Prix.
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