Antonio Gaudí y Cornet
(Reus, 25th of June 1852 – Barcelona, 10th of June 1926)
Spanish architect and maximum exponent of Modernism in Spain. Son of a coppersmith Francisco Gaudí and Serra and Antonia Cornet and Bertán.
He was an architect with an innate sense of geometry and volume and great imaginative capacity that allowed him to mentally project most of his works before moving them to plans.
Gaudí conceived his buildings in a global way taking into account both structural and functional and decorative solutions. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as his famous trencadis with ceramic pieces of waste.
Its first architectural stage was strongly influenced by Neo-Gothic art, as well as certain orientalizing tendencies, until finally Gaudí disembarked in Modernism, in his epoch of greatest effervescence, between the end of the 19th century. XIX and early XX. Its architecture is marked by a strong personal stamp, based on nature and the search for new structural solutions. His work is marked by what were his four great passions: architecture, nature, religion and love of Catalonia.