Antoni Gaudi i Cornet

Catalan architect. Gaudi was a devout Catholic whose faith was an integral part of his creative vision. He trained in Barcelona and became the most famous architect of the Modernista movement, drawing on gothic and Moorish traditions to create a unique plastic-organic style. Through his involvement in conservative Catholic politics he gained commissions from the industrialist Eusebio Guell and the Catholic Church. In 1883 he was appointed Director of Works for the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, which had been begun by the architect Francisco de Paula Villary Lozano. Gaudi set about redesigning the building and he continued working on it until his death.