Antoni Gaudí, main representative of catalan modernism

Antoni Gaudí was born on June 25, 1852. A Spanish architect and main representative of Catalan Modernism. He had a unique imagination and a personal style that inspired many other architects creating a style that even today continues being appreciated not only by Catalans but also by visitors arriving from all over the world.

He was a master of geometry and volume that combined with creativity and ingenuity, as their buildings were not only works of art but were also functional. Creating ventilation, light and electricity systems advanced for his time. He used elements of all kinds being the most common ceramics, glass, iron forges and wood. He pioneered the technique "Trencadís" that creates a mosaic with ceramic fragments together with mortar. Despite being the main representative of Catalan Modernism its early works were Gothic and Oriental until he reached the modernism in which he created his own style characterized by the elements of nature that included many geometric elements.

His style istraditional and innovative and in their works are appreciated the knowledge of a lifetime of architectural study, the different styles and the evolution of his personal style.

His first job was the street lights of Plaza Real and the Workers' Cooperative Mataronense. After this he made his first great work, the Casa Vicens. It was here that he began to be noticed and gradually there were more the ones who contacted him to tell his projects. A glass cabinet exhibited at the Paris Expo in 1878 attracted the attention of Eusebi Güell, whose friendship leaded to great works as the Park Guell.

In 1883 he became involved in the project of the Sagrada Familia. He created a project that even today continues to be built. From that time he devoted much of his time to this project, combined with some others for the ones he had a team of expert architects to help him.

The creation of the Episcopal Palace of Astorga and the Casa de Botines in Leónextended his fame to other parts of the country. He had a conservative and religious feeling characterized by strong defense of the Catalan identity.

Between 1904 and 1910 he created the Casa Batllo and Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, these are two of his greatest works located in the heart of the city in one of the most important streets: Paseo de Gracia, and declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Gaudí lived in different parts of Barcelona during his lifetime, the Gothic Quarter, Eixample and finally in a house in the Park Güell built by Francesc Berenguer where he lived the last years of his life, which he spent in the construction of the Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926.