Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez: Velázquez. From being the grandson of a hosier and the son of a modest ecclesiastical notary to becoming the painter Francisco Pacheco’s son-in-law, usher, bailiff, court painter for King Philip IV, his majesty’s valet, superintendent of works, royal lodging master... and universal painter. One recurring characteristic in Velázquez’s life was undoubtedly his quest for the favour of power. But who was Diego Velázquez really? Why this obsession with becoming a nobleman? Was his painting an end or a means? And above all: why did he go to such lengths to conceal his private life?
Cultural manager, exhibition curator and audiovisual programmer, he holds a degree in Art History from the University of Seville (1999), a master’s degree in Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona (1999-2000) and a master’s degree in International Cooperation (Seville, 2001-2003). He currently works in the Programming Department of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E as head of the audiovisual area of the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE). ‘Murillo, el último viaje’ (2017), his directorial debut, premiered at the Seville Festival and received the First Prize in the Talento Andaluz section at the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival.