Two friends with no other ambition than to make “relaxed pop” to have fun and entertain people. The Besmaya formula seems simple, but behind it is a lot of talent and many hours spent together.
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Time ago, Dani García had a dream: to achieve three Michelin stars and belong to that select club. With passion and a lot of hard work, his Dani García Restaurant (Marbella) made it. A year after reaching that goal, he took a drastic but thoughtful decision which surprised many: he closed its doors.
His bestiary includes more than 130 species which, far from being frightening, arouse tenderness. But Bakelanasland is only one part of the visual universe of this Manchegan illustrator.
Ana Barriga’s diametrically innocent and perimetrically conniving pictures and sculptures have found a perfect match in the current art market. At her latest exhibition in Dubai, all her works sold a fortnight before opening.
It seems that Santiago Segura has one purpose in life, to make people laugh. And he’s been hell-bent on it since 1998, when ‘Torrente, the Dumb Arm of the Law’ came out. Now, he’s back on the big screen with ‘Father There Is Only One 3’.
What is talent for Rafa Nadal, the player who’s won the most Grand Slams ever? This tennis player from Manacor answers this question and tells us how they work at the Rafa Nadal Academy.
Defending the body’s sensuality far from political correctness. From this perspective, emerging brand Alejandre promotes female empowerment and breaks the taboos associated to silhouettes.
Dover’s 'Devil came to me', a quintessential album for an entire generation, turns 25, and we’re celebrating by chatting to some of its makers and analysing its impact.
Writer Juan Tallón makes a U-turn after the success of 'Rewind' and delivers 'Obra maestra' [Masterpiece], an unbelievable tale about the disappearance of a sculpture by artist Richard Serra.
Spain has one of the best teachers in the world. The prestigious Global Teacher Award recently confirmed this. Her name is Mirian Galán. Do you want to learn about her innovative method?
An innovative, fresh, and ironic vision, that is also committed to the youth problems of today, has turned Alberto Martín and his brand, Boltad, into one of the most promising in the fashion world.
Two friends with no other ambition than to make “relaxed pop” to have fun and entertain people. The Besmaya formula seems simple, but behind it is a lot of talent and many hours spent together.
This Basque actor is one of the protagonists of the successful 'Alpha Males' series, which invites us to reflect on what it means to be a man in the 21st century. And it does so through humour, turning laughter into its best ally.
Photographer Andoni Canela’s love for nature stems from his childhood, when curiosity led him to look up information in an encyclopaedia he had at home. Today, that curiosity remains intact.
Laura Mas, better known as Okokume, breathes fresh air into contemporary art with the iconic character featured in her paintings, Cosmic Girl, and an inspiring message to overcome social issues.
‘La ciudad’ is Lara Moreno’s new novel. And Oliva, Damaris, and Horía are the three women who inhabit its pages, three names bound to three unforgettable stories.
Lucas Muñoz Muñoz
Designer Lucas Muñoz Muñoz, who reuses elements from recycling centres, factories, or shops, invites us to discover the creative and aesthetic potential of materials that we’re too quick to call rubbish.
Josefa Ros Velasco
For Josefa Ros Velasco, 2022 Spanish National Research Award, boredom is negative because it creates discomfort, but, at the same time, it has a positive side: it encourages us to take the next step and grow as people.
Aitor, Diego, and Roberto’s story is of three friends who decided to create “the most normal trainers in the world” and, at the same time, make something unique and extraordinary. Do you want to get to know their project?
He’s the only chef with a Michelin star to come from a cooking talent show. Thanks to his wild spirit, perseverance, and passion for his land, he’s broken the stereotypes of the gastronomy scene.
Together with jockey Julia Zambudio, we visit the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela in Madrid. During the tour, this girl tells us what it's like to live among horses: looking after, training and riding them!
Leonor Serrano Rivas
The relationship between magic, science, and philosophy has driven artist Leonor Serrano Rivas to rebuild contraptions that inspired a new vision of the world in the 16th century. The result can be seen at the Museo Reina Sofía.
With ‘Pripyat’, an album sung in a made-up language, Marina Herlop has managed to draw public attention and earn her place on both the national and international scene.
Have you ever stopped to think about the font you choose to write with and what it expresses? Laura Meseguer asked herself this question as a child and, over time, typeface design has become her life.
Gorka Orive, one of the most relevant researchers in Spain, analyses the health challenges we currently face and the keys to a more sustainable and innovative future.
From journalism, where he became a role model for music fans, Rafa Cervera made the leap to literature. Now, he’s published his third novel: ‘Canción para hombres grandes’. An interview with a soundtrack.
We chat to Alaska and Nacho Canut (Fangoria) about a bit of everything, almost in honour of the song that opens their latest EP (‘Ex Profeso’).
Lúa Ribeira's visual language, committed and far from conventionalism, has won over the most prestigious photographic agency in the world: Magnum. She is the third Spaniard to join this select club.
Javier Cocheteux, father and son, have turned their multi-award-winning bakery (Pan.Delirio.) into a place of worship of bread (and 'roscón' [king cake], among other delights). With honesty as their main ingredient, they campaign for artisan baking and pastry-making.
A fashion brand that creates characters inspired by moments or circumstances that its audience can empathise with. This is how Reparto Studio’ creators, Ana Viglione and Margil Peña, define their brand.
This journalist and writer Rosa Montero has just received the 2022 Festival Eñe Award in recognition of her entire career. Her latest book, 'El peligro de estar cuerda', is another testament to her unquenchable talent.
Antarctica has become a second home for Javier Cacho. This Spanish physicist, whose studies on the area’s ozone managed to slow down the hole’s growth, has an island named after him.
Autobiographical themes, dreamscapes, LGTBI, and even the most traditional Manchegan folklore make up Pep Carretero’s widely varying artistic universe.
The Festival Eñe Talento a bordo Award has been granted to Catalan writer Pol Guasch. With two poetry collections and one novel under his belt, the jury has highlighted the maturity of his gaze and his experimental audacity.
María and Javier took the leap from design to public art with murals that have taken them to several cities around the world. Creations that, under the umbrella of Reskate Studio, seek to attract the public gaze and awaken consciences.
He will go down in history for being the first artist to sell a work of art in NFT (Non-Refundable Token) format at ARCO, for founding the incomparable Harddiskmuseum, and for interpreting art as an intangible concept of infinite resources.
Seeing the world through the eyes of others, even a murderer, allows us to check ourselves. This is the journey writer Mónica Rouanet takes the reader on in her latest work: ‘Nada importante’.
Playing Willy Wonka, the leading role in the Spanish version of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, is Edu Soto’s latest challenge. He leads the audience into a fantasy world where everything is possible.
Sonia Fernández-Vidal’s great passion is science. And it shows. Her eagerness for bringing science closer to the general public has led her to teach at university, give talks at international symposiums, and even publish several successful books.
Being an illustrator means more than drawing well, it means conveying an idea or telling a story in the simplest and most direct way possible. This goes beyond style, technique, or aesthetics, according to Del Hambre.
Amaia Arrieta left the City for Chelsea and investment banking for children’s fashion. Her decision couldn’t have turned out better: Today, Amaia Kids is a big name in fashion that dresses the princes and princesses of the British monarchy.
Carlos Zanón is a novelist, journalist, columnist, poet, and commissioner of the Barcelona Negra literary festival. Writing is his life, which changes to the rhythm of those songs that are like novels.
Xoel López had to travel far, really far, to find himself again. The result of this journey was ‘Atlántico’, an album that few understood but that today, coinciding with its tenth anniversary, stands unscathed.
The talent of conceptual artist Avelino Sala reveals itself again at Estampa 2022, showing some of his works, and the Lanzarote Art Biennial, where he presents his ‘Museo Arqueológico de la Revuelta’.
This golfer from Extremadura reaches the Open de España after a season where he came fourth at the Omega European Masters and ninth at the Italian Open. His goal? Qualifying for the final in Dubai, playing the British Open in 2023 and, above all, continuing to enjoy a sport he’s passionate about.
We chat to Nacho Elvira, Spanish golfer and winner of the 2021 Wales Cazoo Open. This golfer from Cantabria takes stock before the acciona Open de España presented by Madrid and goes over his career, personal life, and view on talent.
Each person chases their dreams in their own way, some take it step by step while others go by leaps and bounds. This is the case of actor and dancer Dani Tatay, currently playing the lead role in ‘Dirty Dancing’.
Design found Antoni Arola, and not the other way around. He saw the light and started creating inspired by it until becoming one of the most relevant designers in the world. Usefulness, yes, but also beauty and essence are the keys to his work.
Teresa Solar’s art captivated the 2021 Liverpool Biennial and now follows suit at the Venice Biennale thanks to her attractive (and colossal) clay and resin pieces titled ‘Tunnel Boring Machines’.
New director Miguel Faus is in the midst of producing 'Calladita' [Quiet], a film that, paradoxically, is giving people plenty to talk about. The reason: it’s the first in the world funded by NFTs to start filming.
Since her beginnings, at the end of the 1960s, until today, Pilar Aymerich has photographed our social reality with a female gaze steeped in ethics, commitment, and respect for the world and her subjects.
The life of chef David García didn’t point towards the stove, but rather towards the stage. Somehow, fickle destiny ended up combining the two when he came to Corral de la Morería, where cuisine and flamenco equally coexist and excite its audience.
Los Estanques & Anni B Sweet
Los Estanques and Anni B Sweet have combined their talents to sign one of the most acclaimed albums of the year: 'Burbuja cómoda y elefante inesperado'. In upcoming months, their charming live performances will be heard across Spain.
History, classical music, and endless talent make up the extraordinary universe of fashion brand Guillermo Décimo (GX), whose ‘prêt-à-couture’ creations seduce the audience at each of its spectacular fashion shows.
MALNE is Paloma Álvarez and Juanjo Mánez, two designers who, with each fashion show, elevate the level of haute couture. They’ll be presenting their new collection at the 76th edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.
This Sevillian designer translates haute couture codes into a powerful urban concept that reflects on the past, present, and future. Nathy Peluso, La Zowi, or Milena Smit have already worn her pieces.
Albert Espinosa’s life hasn’t been easy, but he regards it with optimism —realism, in his own words— and refuses to give up. His philosophy, captured in his books and films, has turned him into a role model for thousands of people.
María Ángeles Vila
The passion, sensitivity, and versatility of this Spanish artist captivated Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative director, who signed her for the spectacular ‘Cruise 2023’ fashion show recently held in Seville.
In 2001, Pau Gasol landed in Memphis at the tender age of 21. The rest is history... Two decades later, and one year younger, Santi Aldama does it again, proving his talent during his debut in the NBA.
Veteran designer Manuel Estrada continues to face his work with the eagerness of a novice, but the time has come to look back: the exhibition ‘Leer libros, diseñar portadas’ [Read books, design covers] goes over his 30-year career.
Marina Anaya’s is a universe full of colour and feeling, a world in which figures and tones transmit strength and optimism in abundance. The works of this artist touch are ‘born’ with a common spirit: the search for beauty, for positivity, for the most “beautiful and friendly” part, in her own words, of life.
Lacol and La Borda
La Borda, a collective housing building in Barcelona, won the Mies van der Rohe Award granted by the European Union in the Emerging Architecture category. We chat to Lacol, the studio that came up with the idea for it.
Andrés Conde Laya
Intuition, experience, and freedom support the work of Andrés Conde in his endless pursuit of the most surprising wines. His work won him the Spanish National Gastronomy Award for Best Sommelier in 2021.
Despite her youth, Elena Gual has developed a unique and easily recognisable style thanks to her star theme, the female figure, and a classic technique that she brings back to life and adapts, impasto.
'Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the Mummy' is out in cinemas on the 26th of August. Before its première, we chat to Enrique Gato, its director and the person who best knows the world of animation in Spain.
Carlos and Raúl García Pierna
The blood of winners, of competitors, of cyclists, courses through the veins of Carlos and Raúl García Pierna. Both brothers have always dreamt of rubbing shoulders with the best. Getting to do it together is a feeling shared by few. Today, more than ever, they’re on the path to achieving this.
David Romero’s life wouldn’t make sense without R&D&I. Embodying it is, in his own words, the key to progress. One of those inspirations became an exhalation called Reciclalia.
Eikō Ai delves into a fashion concept inspired by nature and based on the transformative power of light to convey good vibes and get the people who wear their garments to feel good.
Lupe de la Vallina
She always wanted to be an artist but didn’t always know how. Until they found her. At the last Málaga Film Festival, Lupe de la Vallina and her camera immortalised a tidy sum of the Spanish ‘star system’. 80 portraits to add to her collection.
A living legend of contemporary Spanish painting and a tireless explorer of new messages and aesthetic possibilities. Sevillian painter Luis Gordillo wins our hearts again with his anthological chromatic series.
At the young age of 25, Aleix Megías had already been through the European Space Agency and founded his own company: Open Cosmos. Today we get to know this young prodigy who attributes everything to passion, hard work, and... luck.
His work draws from Magritte, Duchamp, On Kawara and Michael Asher, among others. His elegant and minimalist conceptual art teases the audience to make them think. His latest project? The 'empty' Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The lights and shadows of being human. Those are the elements that Isabel Muñoz, Spanish National Photography Award, has been capturing with her camera to delve into our true essence.
Officially, Antonio Marcial’s work is described as elegant, comfortable, and inclusive; informally, it talks about revisionism. Redefining what gender is and is not, deconstructing to build anew. Which will you choose?
The Spanish female football team attends the Women’s Euro in England at a great time and, although Sandra Paños, the starting goalkeeper, doesn’t play favourites, she does admit that the team is talented enough to dream big.
Crystal clear melodies, catchy choruses, and an irresistible voice. The music of Irenegarry sounds spontaneous and fresh, two must-haves to win the hearts of the young (and not so young).
With 'Ritual', Dorian’s new album, the band invites everyone to hit play on life after the pandemic and to celebrate a concept of cosmopolitanism that encourages us to mix and be inspired.
David Rodríguez Caballero
The pure lines of his sculptures establish a unique relationship with light and movement. Elegant and ethereal, his works have been exhibited (and admired) around the world.
A world of fantasy where children create unforgettable memories and adults have flashbacks they thought they’d forgotten. This is Rocambolesc, a sweet paradise conceived by Alejandra Rivas, alongside Jordi Roca.
Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
The Spanish film industry has a new rising star, and indeed, as is becoming the norm in recent times, it’s a woman: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa. According to Pedro Almodóvar, 'Lullaby' (original title: 'Cinco lobitos') is “the best debut in years”.
His particular way of perceiving space has turned Juan Baraja into one of the leading photographers of contemporary architecture. Within the framework of PHotoESPAÑA, he presents 'Against All That Glitters: Effects of Time'.
If the Internet shook up our world, how overarching could the impact of the metaverse be? Edgar Martín-Blas, one of the leading experts on the metaverse in Spain, answers this question and invites us to join the expedition.
Digital artist Anna Carreras knows no physical or imaginary boundaries. At the beginning of ISEA2022, we chat to her about generative art, creative language, and the infinite range of opportunities that the Internet offers the world of art.
‘Liternature’, described by Gabi Martínez as that literature that seeks to re-establish that missing dialogue between humans and all other living things, can change the course of our lives forever: discovering an unknown self in faraway destinations, or getting to know ourselves better by following animal tracks. Writer Gabi Martínez tells us about this.
Strength, passion, reflection, and a lot of existential truth are the keys that each of the works of Lita Cabellut exudes. The perfect cocktail to turn them into cherished objects of desire.
In his debut on the runway, Redondo Brand has reached a milestone reserved for the chosen few: the award for best collection at the 75th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM).
Each person has their own place in this world, and Sergio Peris-Mencheta’s is the theatre. As stage director and producer (Barco Pirata), this stage activist seeks to share his passion and captivate new audiences.
Juan Gómez Bárcena
The writer returns to the Madrid Book Fair with ‘Lo demás es aire’, a novel set in the small Cantabrian village of his childhood. The lives of its inhabitants - and that of the author himself - intermingle in a work that combines reality and fiction, and in which time meanders through four centuries of history.
We chat with the photographer María Platero about art, creative processes, social conventions and fortuitous connections, or not, on the occasion of her collaboration with PHotoESPAÑA to interpret the Talento a bordo initiative.
Lydia Sempere was born with profound bilateral hearing loss. Nobody would have imagined what this young woman from Alicante would be today: a race car driver.
Jaime Álvarez - Mans
Jaime Álvarez goes over tailoring codes from the perspective of a new masculinity. His impeccable designs are embellished with colourful bows, unbelievable prints, and are even caressed by silks and leathers.
Javier Sanz and Juan Sahuquillo
With a dazzling career behind them, chefs Javier Sanz and Juan Sahuquillo are on their way to achieving the coveted Michelin star with a gastronomic proposal based on recovering ancient techniques and their particular homage to Castile-La Mancha.
After a 27-year career, the lead singer of La Habitación Roja, one of the most veteran independent Spanish rock bands, decided to take stock and write his autobiography: 'Canción de amor definitiva' [Ultimate love song].
If there’s one essential in María Hesse’s life, it’s her paintbrushes. Through them she adds colour, sensibility, and passion to the pages of all her books.
Photojournalist Anna Surinyach captures reality with a visual discourse that invites the audience to ask themselves questions and go beyond the moment.
Laura Cano’s portraits inhale modernity and exhale classicism, which is why they’re able to transport the audience to bygone eras while remaining in the present. What’s behind this unique gaze?
Alejandro Serrano’s cuisine combines youth, talent, and creativity. The result: a Michelin star at the young age of 24 and a new concept, the Sea of Castile, has burst onto the Spanish gastronomy scene with inspiring force.
He’s considered the best Chilean actor of all time, but... what lies behind his talent? Performing without acting. That’s the key, according to Alfredo Castro, winner of the Platino Award for Best Supporting Actor for the second year running.
A world expert in artificial intelligence, Nuria Oliver has spent decades researching how to use it for the greater good. Her award-winning project to predict the behaviour of the pandemic is proof of this.
Mexican Ilse Salas takes on the Platino Awards with her second consecutive nomination for Best Actress, this time for ‘Plaza Catedral’. The actress chats to us about film, roles, connecting talents, and inspiration.
Actress and singer Carolina Gaitán is part of the Platino Awards after captivating the audience with her performance at the Oscars ceremony.
Óscar Jaenada will première 'Skin in Flames' in upcoming weeks, but first he’ll be part of the PLATINO Awards gala, which holds a special place in his heart.
Rafa Nadal Academy
Dani Rincón and Ariana Geerlings are two of the rising stars within Spanish tennis who train at Rafa Nadal Academy, a place where the values of this tennis player from Manacor can be felt with every step. And every stroke.
To design pieces that stand the test of time and have the capacity to transform in its wake. This is the sustainable motto of Corsicana, a brand that doesn’t believe in traditional collections, rather in fashion chapters that tell a story.
Yolanda Serrano and Eva Leira
Spanish cinema would have different faces if it weren’t for them. We chat to Yolanda Serrano and Eva Leira, the casting directors who, thanks to their eye for talent, turn strangers into stars.
After a career focused on intimist and symbolic photography, this Majorcan artist takes a leap and bets on artificial intelligence as a new photographic tool.
We wind our way across Madrid with Rosh:., also known as Rosh333 or RLove, in search for the best urban art.
Elena Gª Armada
She doesn’t perform miracles, although it may seem like it. Her scientific talent is at the service of human beings. Thanks to robotics, researcher Elena Gª Armada has managed to bring the possibility of walking closer to many children.
María Vargas defines oenology as the perfect combination of agriculture, science, technology, and art. Poetry that seduces her daily and leads her to her sole objective: to make the best wine possible.
Paco Roca’s artistic talent stems from both the sharpness of his drawings and a narrative inquisitiveness that lead him to explore our most recent history and defend the nobility of many anonymous lives.
Carmelo Gómez returns to the big screen. A decision that could only come from a reencounter with Imanol Uribe. 'Llegaron de noche', which premieres at the Malaga Film Festival, is their sixth collaboration.
Gabriel Nogueiras is the person behind Rubearth, which has sustainably developed a project that combines personality, creativity, and commitment. His latest collection, Fat Man, has granted him the 2021 Mercedes Benz Fashion Talent Award.
Marina Núñez traded her paintbrushes for a mouse, and oil painting for software. Perseverance has always been her greatest ally, and she demonstrates this even today, with more than two decades of experience under her belt, while she retouches some of the hundreds of stills per minute that make up her videos.
Cristina Linares has spent years researching and warning about the frightening consequences of climate change, which go beyond the degradation of the environment and already affect the health of millions of people.
Woman, winter sport and success. Few, very few, can feel represented by these three words in a country like Spain and one of them is Queralt Castellet. A ‘rara avis’ that faced a challenge: the Beijing Games.
After appearing in just two films, 'The Good Boss' and 'The Grandmother', Almudena Amor has dazzled both critics and audience with her mysterious and magnetic charisma. A love at first sight that’s been missing from Spanish cinema for some time.
The design of the Spain Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo is founded on the idea of people and places. Designed as a space for tranquillity and reflection, this work by Amann Cánovas Maruri seeks to promote sociability.
We chat with Carlos Mataix, director of the Iberia Chair and expert in sustainability and innovation, about the need to move towards an inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future.
The figure of Paula Badosa rises, after her exceptional end of the season in 2021 and with the permission of Garbiñe Muguruza, as the benchmark that Spanish women's tennis has been yearning for for years.
Haze is the voice of the streets and his lyrics force us to look closely at a reality to which we often prefer to turn our backs. 'Carne de cañón', his next album, is not going to leave us that choice.
David Serrano puts his fetish genres, comedy and musical, aside to adapt a libretto by Martin McDonagh ('The Pillowman', with Belén Cuesta and Ricardo Gómez) in a new example of the versatility of the Madrid-born creator.
With a meteoric career, international recognition and a tour nearing completion in Madrid, Nella tells us the keys to her success: the fusion of different styles, love for her roots and her intimate voice.
We chat with Anäis Vauxcelles, founder and director of 404 Studio, the creative workshop awarded as the best emerging collection of the year in the latest run of the MBFWB. A vision of contemporary and sustainable fashion.
Ángel León carries the flag for sustainable gastronomy with four Michelin stars and Andalusian accent. We talk with him from his emblematic restaurant, Aponiente, about a future full of flavour and hope for the planet.
We speak to Pau Gasol about the première of his documentary It’s about the journey. At a key moment in his career, he tells us how his leitmotif (“always enjoy the present”) has guided a career full of success on and off the court.
Multi-award-winning visual artist Almudena Romero is able to combine art and environment through photo printing. We talk to her about sustainable and fleeting photography and how it impacts the way we understand ourselves and express ourselves within the world.
Eneko Atxa is one of the most award-winning Spanish chefs within Spain and abroad: five Michelin stars, Best Restaurant in Europe, and Best Chef under 40, among other awards. Innovation and sustainability are part of his DNA to achieve culinary excellence.
Lucas Vidal, a composer from Madrid inspired by the likes of Bach, Wagner, Queen and Paco de Lucía, has signed scores for films as diverse as The Island Inside or Fast & Furious 6.
With the second season of his show Hangar 52 Revolution just released, we talk to Yunke the Magician about the creative process, the so-called "classified illusions" and what it means to support local magic.
Through their art gallery, WE COLLECT, Enrique del Río and Amaia de Meñaka tell us how to discover the artists who will become the great masters of the future, and how to promote smart collecting.
There are few vantage points as privileged to get a feel for the talent of a country than being the creative director of an advertising agency. Toni Segarra, an indisputable guru within the sector, believes that we’re at a critical juncture, where new structures capable of releasing and setting talent free are needed. In Spain, we have a certain advantage: “No one improvises like us”.
With her first attempt at novel writing, writer Ana Merino has become the new recipient of the 2020 Nadal Award for 'El mapa de los afectos', a portrait of America’s Midwest that captures today’s main social issues and in which references to Spain abound.
Maria Contreras Coll
From refugee camps to Nepal’s rural heartland, photographer María Contreras Coll casts an intimate look into the faceless stories of forgotten people. Her gender perspective fights the rockstardomness prevailing in traditional photojournalism and vindicates women’s photography.
This isn’t an actor who also sings, but a musician that has made a career out of acting. Villagrán launches his first album, influenced by rave music and independent British rock.
María Ke Fisherman
María Lemús and Víctor Alonso make up one of fashion’s most ground-breaking duos. Turning knitwear into the sought-after fabric for trap rappers and modern artists is one of their successes. Another, the fact that their production comes from a cloistered convent.
The writer brings back the crime of child killer Aurora Rodríguez Carballaira in ‘La madre de Frankenstein’, the new instalment of her series dedicated to the post-war era where the reader is submerged into the suffocating and chauvinistic Spain of the 1950s.
Because of her experience, market vision and knowledge, Almudena Heredero has played a part in the necessary renewal that the Spanish music industry has undergone over the past ten years. Among the changes are, of course, women’s fight to gain visibility and equality. We chatted with her.
Juana de Aizpuru
She conceived ARCO, as well as many of the great contemporary art exhibitions that have been shown in Spain over the years, from Sol Lewitt to David Hockney to Andy Warhol. We are talking about Juana de Aizpuru, a gallery owner and art collector —regarded today as an iconic figure in Spanish culture — who, in the midst of the political transition, endeavoured to introduce Spain into the international art scene.
Madrid-born dressmaker has reached a hegemonic position in Spanish fashion thanks to volume, a key element in 20th century Spanish design that is present in all his clothes.
Based in Valencia and Barcelona, the Espai Tactel art gallery has worked as a platform for avant-garde contemporary art since 2013. Among their proposals, which in recent years have been showcased in the world’s most important art fairs, are 3D installations, net narrative, and digital art.
He is Spain’s most internationally renowned interior designer. His work is known and sought-after in many countries, including the United States, China, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Portugal. Lorenzo Castillo leads a team of eight people carrying out comprehensive projects ranging from architecture of spaces to the last decorative detail.
Work and creativity are the ingredients that are never missing in Adriana Chía’s cocktails. This formula has made her a bartending leader worldwide. Now she’s adding her facet as an entrepreneur and her life as a mother to the mix.
She has shaken up the concept of communication in the social media world using Instagram, where she has more than 655 thousand followers, as a tool to share her point of view. You could say that Isabelita Virtual is the opposite of what we know as an influencer, although the impact of her work and creative universe extends far beyond that.
Immersed in an endless promotional tour, amidst talks and interviews, we stole some valuable time from writer Irene Vallejo, author of El infinito en un junco [The infinite in a Reed], to chat about the pleasure of knowledge, reading and the art of lending books, the best way, according to her, to get rid of them.
Since 1882, tradition and high cuisine meet on the stoves of Asturian restaurant Casa Gerardo. These days, Marcos Morán is responsible for the menu, alongside his father—a family tradition that goes back five generations, and one that has earned them, among many other achievements, a Michelin star.
Carla Suárez, one of the standard bearers of Spanish women's tennis of the past few years, will say goodbye to the courts at the end of the season. Her next move? To put herself at the service of the national team, starting on 7 and 8 February at the Fed Cup tie against Japan.
Comme des Machines
The factory of the future is located in Vizcaya. Comme des Machines is revolutionizing the fashion industry by using 3D printing while retaining an artisanal approach. Their machines revive crafts for a digital era that has memory.
The exactitude of classic tailoring brought forth to our time is the proposal that Duarte has used to strike a chord with new generations. Impeccable patterns that work with padded waistcoats or sandals. These are the codes of the renewed wardrobe icons we have seen during his show at MBFWMadrid.
Reimagining the role of the contemporary architect and highlighting the importance of women have always been manifest in the work of Izaskun Chinchilla, one of the leading voices in the latest edition of the Madrid Design Festival. Her way of working highlights the most vital material used in building: the people who inhabit the space.
Vega Hernando, best known as Eating Patterns, has turned the kitsch movement, graphic surrealism and food into the three pillars of her photography. With a crowd of followers on Instagram, this designer and art director publishes her first book about recipes and patterns in March.
García Madrid arrived to break with orthodoxy and to create contemporary style solutions for men wanting to enjoy a traditional tailoring service with a modern focus.
Designer Domingo Rodríguez is on the lips of many a celebrity and influencer. His social-media-inspired, futuristic clothes have put him in the radar of artists such as Rosalia, Lady Gaga and Rita Ora.
Unwilling to be a slave to the fashion system, creative and very pragmatic, Moisés Nieto, the once young promise of Spanish fashion, is growing up consistently while working on the full digitalization of his brand.
The 2nd Skin Co.
Taking the decision to launch internationally saved them from the recession. Today, their brand The 2nd Skin Co. is one of celebrities’ favourites around the world. This February, they’ll return to IFEMA to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid to conquer the runway with their unique feminine charm full of character.
The New Pertegaz
The fashion house is embarking on a new cycle led by designer Jorge Vázquez, who shares with Pertegaz a taste for bourgeoise fashion and an almost obsessive attention to detail. These are the guidelines of the new Pertegaz, which will make its debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.
In late 2019, Marisa Gallén received the National Design Award, a recognition for a long career dedicated to an artistic discipline that is much talked about but about which little is known.
Eduardo de la Iglesia
He’s as likely to make music for a fight between virtual warriors as a futurist adventure or a battle set during World War II. A forerunner on the other side of the pond, Eduardo de la Iglesia, from Madrid, talks to Talento a bordo about one of the most creative and unknown jobs of our time: making soundtracks for video games.
Jaime Mato turns entomology into fine art. But the artist doesn’t do it the old-fashioned way; he creates beetle collections with recycled coffee capsules. Welcome to the era of sustainable art!
Although the saying goes “A prophet is not without honour save in his own country”, chef Ricard Camarena fully contradicts this statement. His restaurant in Valencia has not only consolidated his second Michelin Star, but has raised him up to the top of international gastronomy.
Known for his language in black and white and his visual metaphors, photographer Chema Madoz has been turning everyday objects into open-ended questions since the 80s. His exhibition ‘La naturaleza de las cosas’ [The nature of things] can be seen at the Botanical Gardens in Madrid until March 1.
Having more caps than any of his Hispanos teammates does not mean Raúl Entrerríos is any less eager to play. The captain of the Spanish men’s handball team is starting the European Championship with the same passion as ever: trying to keep the cup in Spain, where it has been since 2016, and at the same time earning a ticket for what, should he succeed, will be his final big tournament: this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The first woman in Spain to be named Master of Wine represents a new generation of winemakers who preserve the legacy of the past while working on the challenges that wineries will face in the future, the main one being the adaptation of grapes to climate change.
Juan Carlos Bracho
Artist and draughtsman Juan Carlos Bracho explores the relationship between space, time, and perception in the exhibitions Architecture and the Self, on show at Sala Alcalá 31, and Tutti Frutti, at the Alcobendas Art Center.
We chatted with Silvia Omedes, founder of Photographic Social Vision, a non-profit entity has been promoting and developing the social value of documentary photography since 2001. A key figure to understand photojournalism from the second half of the 20th century.
Greta Fernández is the breakthrough actor of 2019, after winning the Concha de Plata Award at the San Sebastian Festival and being nominated for the Goya Award for her leading role in ‘A Thief’s Daughter’. Daughter of writer Esmeralda Berbel and actor Eduard Fernández, with whom she shares credits on the film, it was obvious that math wasn’t going to be her thing.
The Valencia-born designer claims there is life for fashion beyond aesthetics. A good example is to be found in her collections, which draw from the present to send a message of social transformation.
In the last four years, rapper Kase.O has taken Spanish hip-hop to the top. The proof: over 20,000 copies sold of the album ‘El círculo’, a triumphal tour of Spain and Latin America, and several awards and nominations.
Settled under the goalposts of Spain’s national football team, Kepa Arrizabalaga is preparing for his first big challenge as La Roja’s goalkeeper: Euro 2020. The Basque goalie doesn’t shy away from our questions and clears each of the topics we bring up, from his feelings towards the tournament to his life in London, with the same confidence as he shows under the goalposts of his club and the national team.
Madrid illustrator Fernando Vicente is a household name in Spanish illustration, with a career spanning several decades. Winner of three Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design, his latest effort is a tribute to New York City through some of the icons that are part of our collective imagination when it comes to The Big Apple.
He started out dancing when he was a kid. And even though it hasn’t been an easy ride for him, Rubén Olmo can be proud of having reached the top, becoming the new the director of the Spanish National Ballet.
Becoming professional interior designers wasn’t among the plans of Iñigo Aragón and Pablo López Navarro. It was the latest economic meltdown that shifted their paths. Today, the projects of Casa Josephine speak Spanish beyond our borders.
Agustín Fernández Mallo
Agustín Fernández Mallo has been translated into more than ten languages, which is clear evidence of the relevance of his work. Last year he published two new major books: the novel 'War Trilogy', which won the Premio Biblioteca Breve, and the essay 'Teoría general de la basura' (General Theory of Rubbish: Culture, Appropriation, Complexity), a fiction book and a non-fiction book respectively in which Mallo, a flag bearer of the Nocilla Generation, expresses his personal vision of history.
There are poets whose existence protects us from the vanities of literature and reconciles us with the troubles of life. One such poet is the winner of the latest Miguel de Cervantes Prize, Catalan writer and architect Joan Margarit (Segarra, 1938), author of such important books as ‘Joana’, ‘Cálculo de estructuras’, ‘Casa de Misericordia’ or ‘Se pierde la señal’.
We chat to poet and writer Elvira Sastre about the current literary scene and how she has made writing her way of life. We also cover her latest project, the performance ‘Desordenados’ [Disorganised], which brings protest songs and poetry back on stage.
She was one of the first to apply porcelain to jewellery. Not long after, she did the same with wood. Now, many of the pieces made by Helena Rohner are 3D printed. A new craftwork era for an entire industry that the designer unfolds first-hand.
In the last few years, Raül Refree has become one of the most important and international producers in the Spanish music scene. His name is linked to the new flamenco cultivated by Silvia Pérez Cruz, Rocío Márquez or Rosalía, but is also connected to records by Mala Rodríguez, Albert Pla, Josele Santiago, Kiko Veneno, and now also Rodrigo Cuevas’ awaited new album.
The actress is premiering the second part of the film adaptation of 'The Baztán Trilogy', by Dolores Redondo. 'The Legacy of the Bones' is darker than the more complex first instalment of the saga, and the leading character —Inspector Amaia Salazar— shares with the woman who plays her much more than a magnetic and expressive face.
Alexandrina “Shandy” Barbosa
Currently immersed in the World Cup, the Spain national handball team, fondly nicknamed 'Las Guerreras' (Warriors), want to continue making history after a few years in which they have established themselves among the most powerful teams in handball. To obtain their Tokyo Olympics ticket, they’re counting on Alexandrina "Shandy" Barbosa, who is back on the court after becoming a mother.
Andrés Rábago wanders around discretely hidden behind the pseudonym El Roto: for many, the most clearheaded portrait painter in current society. Today, the illustrator is featured in the Museo Nacional del Prado with ‘One Cannot Watch’: a splendid exhibition inspired by the illustrations of Francisco de Goya.
Photography, film, painting, literature or theatre. A tireless worker, Carlos Saura doesn’t distinguish between artistic disciplines. These days, his name is clearly displayed in an exhibition dedicated to him by the Círculo de Bellas Artes, where this genius reveals his facet as a master of images.
Three Michelin stars aren’t enough for Spain’s most popular cook. On the verge of opening his third StreetXo, in Dubai, Daviz confesses he’s hungry like a shark—always looking for his next prey. The chef’s secret? Surrounding himself with talented people and applying his own with iron discipline. There will be plenty of time to relax later.
Gastronomy, inclusion and commitment are the three foundations of UNINICIO; a non-profit social project aimed at training young people at risk of exclusion. A place where cooking boils down to opportunities.
Ferrán Adriá, Paco Roncero, Dabiz Muñoz… Many of the biggest Spanish chefs show their haute cuisine creations on crockery made by Pedro León. We met this artisan (this is what he considers himself) in his authentic workshop in Madrid to talk about his pieces, the raku technique and the growing interest in this millenary art from the world of gastronomy.
In a few months, Miren Arzalluz, the Spaniard at the helm of Paris’s fashion museum, will live a most decisive moment. The museum, currently undergoing renovation, will reopen its doors with new exhibition halls, a retrospective on Coco Chanel, and the presentation of the new permanent collection.
Paz Olivares and Weldon Penderton are Niños Gratis; a new publishing house in Madrid that is on everyone’s lips after only one year. What’s their trick? To publish books that catch your eye and touch your soul.
Gabriel Olivares is the man behind one of the greatest theatre hits in recent years, a stage wizard for whom directing a play consists in “caring for and enhancing talent.” The director of the famed play 'Burundanga', he currently has three other plays running in Madrid while at the same time kicking off El Gallinero, a space for creation, rehearsal and performance, an Arcadia in the heart of Carabanchel.
She’s only 18, but her name has started to make the headlines and front pages at the same speed as she wins new records and medals. She crushes records and advances at leaps and bounds. Her goal: to carve a niche for herself among the worldwide athletics elite.
Writer, singer, composer, singer-songwriter. His great ability to deal with complex issues full of sentimental motivations simply and personally has brought him success, fame and recognition. In December, he’ll close the tour for his latest record, ‘Mis Paisajes Interiores’, in Madrid, during which he has offered more than two-hundred concerts in the last three years between Spain and Latin America.
Nella, the singer of Iberia’s song Volando, won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. One of today’s most promising singers, we stole a few minutes from her to talk about what it feels like on days when the stars seem to have aligned in your favour.
Capturing reality with an almost painterly sensibility is part of Recuenco’s brilliance. Now, this photographer from Madrid explores his most personal universe from several angles. A compilation of one thousand and one photographs and a series are his proposal against the culture of immediacy, conformity and lack of freedom
Over the past three decades, Spain has established itself as one of the great powers in tennis producing a string of talented players. Bruguera and Sánchez-Vicario were followed by Ferrero and Moyá, among others, and after them came Nadal, Muguruza and company. But what about the future? Many already point to young Nicola Kuhn as the next flag bearer of the new generations.
He chose tennis as a way of life. Perhaps he didn’t know it the first time he picked up a racket, but when Sergi Bruguera hit his first ball, his talent for the sport became obvious. Now, as Spain captain for the Davis Cup, the great standard bearer of Spanish tennis in the nineties looks at his successful past and, above all, the present and future of this sport in our country.
This is her year, even though it seems that the last few years of Spanish cinema are also hers. She plays the leading role in the award-winning ‘The Endless Trench’, and her latest film, ‘Advantages of Travelling by Train’, with Luis Tosar, Pilar Castro and Ernesto Alterio, has just premiered. We travel back in time with her to Teatro Lara, where a story of divine revelations and Whitney Houston songs marked the official beginning of a career founded on hard work and perseverance.
Three Davis Cups are enough to speak with authority about the world’s most prestigious tennis team competition. The tournament’s new format, the Spanish team’s goals and Feliciano López’s future are some of the topics we covered with him just before he focused on trying to win another ‘salad bowl’ for Spain.
Whenever David Trueba finishes writing a novel, shooting a movie or making a documentary, he is left with feelings of ambivalence. On the one hand, there is the satisfaction of a job finished and; on the other, the embarrassment of having to show his work. In order to neutralise those fears, when he is releasing or publishing something, he is usually already involved in a new project. We stole a few moments with him while he is immersed in the postproduction of his next film, 'A este lado del mundo'.
After the success of his Oscar-nominated short film 'Mother' (Madre), Rodrigo Sorogoyen releases his feature film with the same name on November 15, while preparing his new series 'Antidisturbios' [Antiriot police]. We managed to steal a few moments from his busy schedule to talk to him about his experience in Hollywood, new projects and his next adventure on the small screen.
Sergio del Molino
Few authors get their books on everyone's lips as soon as they hit bookshops. With a staggering ability to navigate at the juncture of fiction, essay and autobiography, writer and journalist Sergio del Molino will be at the helm of the Eñe Festival, which kicks off this week, with a focus on hybrid genres and disciplines revolving around the written word.
From writing a piece about how the Bélmez's faces ruined her computer, to interviewing La Veneno, giving a TED talk and singing with her band Los Celos. Sabina Urraca has few things left to do in life.
Literature, illustration, painting—the boundaries between disciplines have never been an obstacle for the versatile Paula Bonet to express her inner world. The coming days she will be at the Eñe Festival, which occupies a special place in her heart, with her show 'Abrir la boca y decir lo nuestro' [Open our mouths and say our thing], in which painting and live poetry go hand in hand.
Juan José Millás
Inventive, bright, subtle or Kafkaesque are some of the most common qualifiers used to describe the narrative pulse and universe of Juan José Millás, a key figure in both Spanish journalism and contemporary fiction. With a new book under his arm, he is also one of the leading voices in this year’s Festival Eñe.
Adriana Tanus, conductor of the OJEM [Madrid European Youth Orchestra], has turned music into the best instrument to fight for a more diverse and tolerant world. Her next adventure: presenting Mozart’s 'Requiem' with her musicians at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid.
A natural stage animal, Coque Malla is also the author of some of the best songs in Spanish recorded in recent decades. Although he doesn’t believe in it, his latest album is touched by what is commonly known as maturity.
Malaga’s Teatro del Soho Caixabank opens its curtains on November 15 with the international musical ‘A Chorus Line’, Antonio Banderas’ most personal project. What are the challenges he has set himself? What kind of performances will the refurbished theatre offer? What does this mean to him? The artist tells us in his own words.
Tested on Instagram with thousands of likes, big tulles and maximalist ruffles have become synonyms with avant-garde. Madrid-born designer CÉLIAvalverde has turned them into her hallmarks, but her universe doesn’t end here. Ask Kendall Jenner!
Antonio de la Torre
Nothing makes Antonio de la Torre tick more than playing the stories of others, especially those that need to be told the most. Soon he will return to the silver screen, as the protagonist of one of the most anticipated features of the year, 'The Endless Trench', yet another impeccable bit of interpretation by the chameleonic artist.
Borges and Bolaño are his great influences, but Aitor Sarabia’s field of action goes beyond literature. A creator above anything else, he’s a total artist that conjures up magic in his work, lending it a healing power. His latest book is a good example of this.
A photographer and a reporter at the same time, Rafael Fabrés is finalising his book 'Cafuné', a heart-breaking work that documents the pacification years of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and describes a hard and complex city during some key years for the future of the country. “I’m at a stage,” he says, “where I’m more interested in telling a story than in photography itself.”
Jaime Hayón has proved there is emotion in functionality and that porcelain has a second reading. His universe finds in imagination its most powerful resource. No wonder he is the most influential creator of his generation. We chatted with him about how to conquer a territory few designers dare to conquer: playful designs that draw a smile on your face.
Although they claim they don’t ascribe to any particular style, the furniture designed by Madrid-based studio Kresta has a personality of its own. With iron-forged elements and a colour palette that enlivens spaces, completely changing their intention, their pieces are more artistic than they are intended for industrial production. Each piece aims to transcend utility, that’s why they conquer the aura of any living room.
Núria Madrid’s work is an explosion of colours, textures and volumes, a playful display of movements and gears. The Barcelona illustrator gives her pieces personality and character, presenting, she says, complex concepts “in a fun way through illustration”. She defines herself as a designer and her works are indeed packed with design, but also very artful.
We chat with Marta Torrejón, the most capped player in the Spanish women’s national team, about football, talent and work. She knows what she’s talking about, too, juggling a successful sports career with university degrees in Biology and History and Geography.
On the verge of turning a decade in the market, Mercules has gone from making waves on social media as ‘the bags with the arrow’ brand to being a household name with a complex creative universe behind them.
Miguel Ángel Muñoz
Madrid-born actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz is premiering 'El crack zero', the third instalment of the film noir trilogy that also marks his 25th anniversary in front of the cameras.
Sanz i Vila
His illustrations have been featured in international television series, festival posters, beverage and furniture campaigns, and book covers. The iconography of the Alicante-born Sanz i Vila is part of a new graphic imaginary that creates a personal style to talk about issues that matter.
José Naranja is not a common artist, nor does he consider himself one. However, his illustrated notebooks are real works of art everybody wants. A pleasure for lovers of contemplation, calligraphy, and drawing.
Tamara Rojo has been living in the United Kingdom for almost half of her life, yet she takes her Spanish roots with her everywhere she goes. Now, the English National Ballet’s artistic director—and one of the most recognized dancers on the planet—returns to Madrid’s Teatro Real from October 10 to 12 with her version of the classic 'Giselle': a contemporary and mature choreographic production.
He loves each of his pieces like they were his children. Which is why he speaks with the same enthusiasm about the ones that made him the Movida Madrileña’s jeweller as he does about the pieces belonging to his new, second brand, ChusXChus. Curious, full of creative talent and a perfect host, Chus Burés welcomes us to his Madrid studio before returning to New York, where the Leslie-Lohmann Museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to his work.
La Bien Querida
La Bien Querida is back with ‘Brujería’, an album that works as a magic spell in many ways. One of the leading figures in the Spanish alternative scene –she also has a cameo in the 3rd season of Spanish TV series ‘Paquita Salas’—, with this album she is celebrating her first decade in music.
Writing, diving—two ways of looking inside oneself, of fighting against the speed of the world. Marina Perezagua has been living in New York for over fifteen years, and her cosmopolitan nature permeates in her stories, set in faraway but recognisable and well-researched places. We speak to her about her last book, ‘Seis formas de morir en Texas’.
Carlos Zanón is among the greatest Spanish crime novelists, but his ambition and talent are not restricted to this genre. He is also a poet, novelist, columnist, literary critic, a lyricist for Loquillo and the curator of the Barcelona Negra literary festival, a position he has held for three years.
The singer and electronic music producer is about to turn the Spanish music scene on its head with ‘Porvenir’, a musical manifesto where past and future converge.
An Olympic metal is one of the few challenges triathlete Mario Mola has left, and this summer Tokyo will be the opportunity for him to land his first one—more than enough reason to catch up with the triple world champion and chat about goals, sports and, of course, talent.
Gloria Gubianas has proved money can be made while generating wealth in a disadvantaged community. We talked with her about Hemper, the sustainable handbag brand that has won her the 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as about her power as an agent of social transformation.
The fourpiece has just released a third long-feature album, ‘Vamos a volvernos locos’ (Warner, 2019), their most energetic work to date but not without emotion. It’s a collection of songs that will make you dance on the dancefloor in between sobs.
This year Carmen Machi is premiering major projects both in and out of Spain. Coming up is her role as a criminal suspect in 'Criminal', a thriller series that sees our most versatile actress showing once again she can deal with any role thrown at her.
Dani Olmo arrived in Croatia in 2015 to become one at Dinamo Zagreb, and this summer, during the European Under-21 Championship, he presented himself to the football world. He tells us about his peculiar road to becoming one of the most promising young players in Spanish football.