September 12, 2007

The enigmatic Badia-Vilato

We know few things of Badia-Vilato, Spanish poster designer. During the civil war, he works for the CNT (National Confederation of Work) and the FAI (Iberian Anarchistic Federation). Under the authority of Pro-Franco, he goes to France. He works for the Air France company and signs some of their more beautiful posters. He continues his engagement against pro-Franco repression and collaborates to the SIA (International Solidarity Antifascist) whose objective is to organize the international aid with Spain. At the end of the Fifties, he settles in South America where his trace is lost.
The work Images de l'Espagne Franquiste, published in 1947 in Paris by the National alliance of the democratic forces of Spain, is representative of the anarchistic and anti pro-franco production of the Forties. On a text printed in three languages - Spanish, French and English - by the movie director Mateo Santos, Badia-Vilato shows virulent and colorful lithographies which point out his surrealist influence. For proof, the two following reproductions:

Educational system in Spain : Yoke and Arrows

vision of death

Currently, the librairie Loliée can offer you :
  • Badia-Vilato - Santos (Mateo). L'Alliance Nationale des forces démocratiques d'Espagne. Images de l'Espagne Franquiste. [Paris], 1947, in-4, illustrated cover. 1000 copies. One of the 25 first copies on Marais paper, illustrated by 12 lithographies, full page and numbered, by Badia-Vilato.