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Princess of Asturias Awards

09/30/2020

Joaquín S. Lavado Tejón, Quino, Prince of Asturias Laureate for Communication and Hummanities, has died

The Jury has bestowed the Award in 2014 for his “achieved international fame with the creation of the universe of Mafalda, a girl who perceives the complexity of the world through the simplicity of a child’s eyes”

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Joaquín S. Lavado Tejón, Quino, 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died.

As stated in the Minutes of the Jury, he was granted the Award for “Quino achieved international fame with the creation of the universe of Mafalda, a girl who perceives the complexity of the world through the simplicity of a child’s eyes. Mafalda, the foremost character in Quino’s creative work, is intelligent, ironic, non-conformist, rebellious and sensitive. She dreams of a world that is more dignified, just and respectful of human rights. On Mafalda’s 50th “anniversary”, Quino’s lucid messages still remain valid due to having wisely combined the simplicity of his drawing with the depth of his thought. Quino’s work holds enormous educational value and has been translated into many languages, a fact that reveals its universality. His characters transcend all geographical settings, ages and social conditions.”

Chaired by Víctor García de la Concha, the Jury was made up of Inés Alberdi Alonso, José Antonio Álvarez Gundín, Alberto Anaut González, Luis María Anson Oliart, Juan Barja de Quiroga Losada, Adela Cortina Orts, Albert Espinosa Puig, Soledad Fox Maura, Javier Garciadiego Dantán, Javier González Ferrari, Jordi Gutiérrez Roldán, Miguel Ángel Liso Tejada, José Narro Robles, Benigno Pendás García, José Antonio Vera Gil, Enrique de Ybarra e Ybarra and Ramón López Vilas, as acting secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 24th October, and was presided over by HM King Felipe VI, the then Prince of Asturias. Besides the address by His Majesty, the speeches at the ceremony were given by Caddy Adzuba, Joseph Pérez, John Banville, Avelino Corma y Matías Rodríguez Inciarte, then President of the Prince of Asturias Foundation.

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