Antoni Gaudí (1863-1926) was a Spanish architect and the most iconic artist of the Catalan modernism.
Antoni Gaudí was born ahead of his time and in a short period of time he became one of the most important figures in catalan modernism architecture. His work was inspired in the natural elements of nature and animal wildlife and he was interested in showing organic shapes that were curves and not flat. This came to be an own language that was expressed with a new technique called “Trencadís”, one of his most iconic signatures.
“Trencadís” is a technique that coats a structure creating with it a mosaic generally abstract that used primarily uneven parts of ceramic, glass, or marble. He used bright lasting colours in surfaces that were not flat and gave a plastic appearance. In order to achieve this effect, he used ceramic, but he needed for the ceramic to adapt to any surface. “Trencadís” made possible to use that material in a “bendable” manner for any type of construction, even in round-shaped pieces. “Trencadís” was first used in "Finca Güell” of Barcelona, build between 1883 and 1887.