Who is Diego Lara?

By Gwylym Owen

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Diego Lara (1946–1990) was a Spanish painter and graphic designer.

Lara was born in Madrid in 1946. He attended painting workshops during the 1960s, exhibiting in various organization shows by young painters. He commenced a chronicles course at university, in the department of Philosophy and Letters, but left past completing it. He next began to work upon graphic design projects, designing sticker album covers for publishers including Siglo XXI, Seix Barral, Fundaments, Turner, and Trece de Nieve.

In 1972 he founded and became graphic design director for the publishing company La Fontana Literaria, co-founded subsequently Mauricio d’Ors. The taking into account year he and d’Ors, together taking into account Juan Antonio Molina Foix, founded different publisher, Nostromo. There, he developed a radically extra and personal editorial image. Between 1974 and 1982 he was liable for the graphic design of publications by the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, where he renewed the graphic and editorial concept of the “exhibition catalog.” Between 1979 and 1981 he co-directed Poesía magazine subsequently Gonzalo Armero. Published by the Ministry of Culture, it became a landmark in the ground of cultural publications. Between 1982 and 1986 he created the graphic image for publications by the ARCO art fair, while serving as artistic director and graphic designer for the art magazine Buades. Around the thesame time he began a fertile collaboration subsequent to the publishers Ediciones el Viso, designing catalogs for many of the leading exhibitions of that decade. Other projects from that period append designing the graphic image and publications for the Spanish Pavilion at the International Fair in Brisbane, Australia; designing record collections for the publishers Editorial Cátedra and Editora Nacional; designing billboard frames, and designing painting catalogs, among further projects. In 1986 he usual the Graphic Design Prize from the City Government of Madrid, and in 1988 he made the announcement for the Laus Prizes.

Besides his professional con as a graphic designer, Lara continued throughout his moving picture to paint. Most of his do its stuff was kept privately, but he participated in a few outfit shows: at Fenicia Gallery, Almuñecar, in 1979; in the “Dibujos” exhibition at Buades Gallery, Madrid, in 1984; and in “Cota Cero”, Alicante and Madrid, in 1985. Following his death in 1990 his bill was the subject of an anthological exhibition (La Caixa, Madrid, 1990). It featured too in exhibitions at Madrid’s Buades Gallery in 1992 and in Torre de los Guzmanes, La Algaba, Seville in 1994.

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