Estructura / Spain 1920-2000 / Roger and Isa

Roger Subirachs i Burgaya (Barcelona, 1956–San Clemente de Llobregat, 2017)—who signed his work as Roger—was a key strip cartoonist in the evolution of Spanish comics in the seventies and eighties, participating in Barcelona’s underground movement in the seventies. The son of the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, Roger joined the artist collective El Rrollo Enmascarado creating comics and comic strips in publications such as Pauperrimux Comix, Catalina, De Quommic, Diploma d’honor and Purita, together with the woman he would end up marrying, the cartoonist María Luisa Barraquer (Barcelona, 1956), better known in the art world by the name Isa Feu.

As a member of the group El Rrollo Enmascarado, he contributed, from the outset, to the magazine El Víbora, in which he published series such as Vaselín y Loto and Camarada Emili Piula. He was also a part of the founding editorial team of Cairo, another important magazine in the evolution of Spanish comics, which called for new aesthetics based on the so-called Ligne claire style.

In the late eighties the comic world in Spain underwent a profound publishing crisis, which led to Roger working in other creative fields such as film and television, where he worked as an art director, set designer and a designer for films (Juana la Loca, Carmen, Tirant Lo Blanc) and series (Makinavaja and Pepe Carvalho).

In the comic and cartoon world, together with Isa Feu—also a member of El Rrollo Enmascarado and one of the first collaborators of El Víbora—he drew comic strips with a groundbreaking and alternative style, in which sex played a fundamental role, such as in the series Corazón Loco. Isa Feu abandoned the comic world relatively early and centred her work on painting and illustration.

Comprised of over 600 items, the Roger and Isa collection of Archivo Lafuente includes magazines, books, leaflets, comics, invitations, cards, handwritten scripts and, chiefly, original comic strips and drawings made in the seventies by both artists.

 



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