Gat Perich international award winner 2010
Krahn. Posthumous title.
Fernando Krahn Parada (1935-2010). Born in Chile 1935. He finished his studies in law early to concentrate on stage design and photography. In 1962, during a trip to New York, he began his career as a cartoonist drawing for cartoon magazines such as Horizon, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and The Reporter. Married to the writer Maria de la Luz Uribe, with whom he created many children's books, in 1968 they left New York to begin life again in Chile, but after a few years had to leave because of the Pinochet coup and consequently moved to Sitges, from where he began to draw for European press, with the series 'Cranologien' and 'Dramatische episode'. Since 1983 he collaborated with La Vanguardia, where his cartoons were published on the last page of the Sunday Magazine, in the series 'Dramagrama' with well over a thousand cartoons.
He published several books, among them El fuet de mil cues, created with Joan Brossa. Many other books are tales conjured up with his wife Maria de la Luz, who died in 1994. Krahn was also interested in animation and had adapted various cartoons of his series 'Dramagrama' for TV3. Using the latest technologies to animate cartoons, he had a small family business called Krahn Factory, where he worked in the animation of his stories and picture books and in manufacturing small episodes of a few seconds with his uniquely surreal humour. He illustrated the book Firmin by Sam Savage, and his last book, published by Seix Barral a few days before his sudden death, called Bichografias was a surreal diary with various imaginary creatures recounting their lives.