Master of poetic and tragicomic humor

Fernando Krahn

Krahn’s wordless drawings synthesized black humor and the tenderness of everyday life.

Saturday, August 22, 2009  
Fernando Krahn (Photo: El Mercurio)

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Fernando Krahn Parada was born in Santiago in 1935. He studied scenography at the University of Chile’s School of Fine Arts and collaborated with  singer-songwriter Victor Jara on the Ituch Theater Institute. In the 1960s he was also well-known as a photographer.  It was during this time that he began his career as a comic illustrator in New York, where he published his first book: The Possible Worlds of Fernando Krahn.

In Chile he published his “Dramagrams,” which later appeared in Europe and he then made into short films. In 1973 he moved to Sitges, near Barcelona, where he collaborated with the newspaper La Vanguardia. His poetic black humor and his illustrations for children have received recognition in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the United States.

Among the distinctions that he has received during his career are the Guggenheim Fellowship (1962), the important Apelles Mestres Prize in  Spain, in addition to the 2001 S.M. International Children’s Book Award.