Estructura / Cantabria 1920-2000 / Rafael Gutiérrez-Colomer Velasco

(Santander, 1937–Madrid, 1986). Trained as an architect, Gutiérrez-Colomer Velasco was also a painter, editor and poet. A pioneer, together with Isaac Cuende, in experimental poetry in Cantabria, he began the cultural movement known as Cuévano and created and ran the magazine Draga, in addition to being a notable cultural promoter and a driving force behind various conferences, publications and meetings. In 1978 he organised the Architecture and Urbanism Symposium and the Cantabrian Visual Poetry Conference.

The field in which he was most prominent was that of the explosive, scintillating, instantaneous intuition of experimental poetry. It was the form of expression that, without a doubt, best suited his skills: the brilliance of his intelligence and wit condensed into a rush of letters and images combining to express a thought, an epigram, a witty aphorism. He sadly did not bestow us with many works in this area, but masters such as Fernando Millán admit that his virtuosity, traces of consolidation and expressive resonance pulsate through all of them.

Particularly notable works include Transido en el taller de la palabra (1978), Desprendida (1979), Derecha & Izquierda (1980), Cinco poemas cinéticos (1980), Oficio de poeta (José Luis Núñez Prize 1982), Ars Amandi (1982), Épica de mariposas (1983), Eros, Cronos y Tanatos (José Hidalgo Prize, 1986), Con Suecia en la memoria (1987) and the posthumous Los años jubilares (2006). In the Rafael Gutiérrez-Colomer Velasco collection, Archivo Lafuente preserves correspondence, autographs, ephemeral material, original works, magazines, books, posters, photographs, press cuttings and catalogues.

 



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