The last postcard we’ve sent this year features a marvellous digital illustration of the Western façade of Santiago’s Cathedral by an artist we have recently discovered, Rafael Cachaldora.
As Laura explains in her message, Cachaldora’s card is a vibrant and captivating representation of the majestic view of the cathedral from Obradoiro Square (Square of the Stonecutters), the final destination of the Camiño de Santiago and the centre point for the celebration of the Feast of Saint James on July, 25th.
|Obradoiro. Santiago de Compostela. Elsoldigital.es|
Olga in Moscow is the lucky recipient of the card!
More cards by Cachaldora are in our possession to be sent out the next school year. Just as Laura’s card, they are all amazing digital illustrations of various well-known places in Santiago’s old town.
|Rafael Cachaldora. Cachaldora.com|
Rafael Cachaldora was born in Ourense, the third largest town in Galicia, 98 kilometres south east of Santiago de Compostela. Ourense is famous for its thermal waters; its best-known water springs, As Burgas Fountains, have also been illustrated by Cachaldora along with other emblematic spots like the Cathedral and the Main Square.
|Composición del propio artista con nueve de sus obras de Ourense. Dogranaopan.blogspot.com.es|
Click here if you want to read about illustrations of Ourense by Cachaldora. Cachaldora’s work not only consists of digital cityscapes; it comprises haunting abstract paintings whose significance is multiplied by their inspiring titles.
|Libertad Condicionada (Conditioned Freedom). Rafael Cachaldora. cachaldora.com|
|Galerías de Lembranza (Galleries of Remembrance) Cachaldora.Dogranaopan.blogspot.com.es|
|Cosas que nunca te dije (Things I never told you) Rafael Cachaldora. Laddo.es|
|Dama ósea (Bone Dame) Rafael Cachaldora. Laddo.es|
|De hórreos e cruceiros. (Of Grain Stores and Stone Crosses) Rafael Cachaldora. Laddo.es|
Aerosol stenciling (estarcido con spray) is a commonplace in Cachaldora’s artistic career. A stencil is sheet of cardboard in which the artist cuts out geometrical and enigmatic shapes so that spray paint applied to the sheet reproduces the pattern on the surface beneath, which can cover a wide range of materials: canvas, metal, hardwood and even a wooden round plate, commonly used for serving Galician-style octopus!
|Ración de Pensamiento 3. (Portions of Thought 3) Rafael Cachaldora. Laddo.es|
|Ración de Pensamiento 5 (Portions of Thought 5). Laddo.es|
|Obradoiro con Rafael Cachaldora. Colexio Padre Feijoo-Zorelle|
The result at times evokes the art of our earliest ancestors yet it is not only prehistoric artists that Cachaldora overtly feels inspired by. He has created many pieces that pay tribute to painters whose work greatly enriched art history and, by extension, the history of humankind.
|La Leyenda del Beso (The Legend of the Kiss) Rafael Cachaldora. Laddo.es|
|Al maestro por Cachaldora. Página en Facebook de Cachaldora|
|A Picasso por Cachaldora. Página en Facebook de Cachaldora|
|Tributo a Escher. Pàgina en Facebook de Cachaldora|
HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAYS!