Epictetus in the garden

Segovia

 

Journey to the Canary Islands

 

Slowly agitated

As Slow As Possible | Agitación

 

Romain Gary: A lust for life

Romain Kacew, Fosco Sinibaldi, Shatan Bogat, Émile Ajar

 

China through Vermeer´s eyes

Johannes Vermeer

 

La geografía del erizo

Ya nadie tiene fuego.—La eriza dixit.

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“¡Cogito, ergo we are all confused!”

From The Headless Man, Dibugrafías

La geografía del erizo

La geografía del erizo

Poetry
Illustrations: Miguel Panadero
Prologue: Juan Vicente Piqueras Salinas
Cuadernos del Laberinto, 2020
ISBN: 9788412130935

Just as Xu Guangqi (徐光啟), also known as Paolo Xu after converting to Christianity in 1603 under the influence of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, asserted that East and West shared  common principles, the sea urchins of this geography break their silence and speak to us directly, and in their way call for a terra communis, where it’s places that make love and within which one breathes deeply before saying goodbye. They seem to be clear that identity is only confirmed when other identities capture our signs of life and return them: Pink Floyd sang Is there anybody out there? This Hegelian echo is fundamental, even if one carries spines, because this is what dictates to every being the imperious need for the presence of another, even though bristly fear and hatred will inevitably, although paradoxically, arise from that need. Nothing destroys us more, wrote George Steiner, than the silence of another human being. Hence Lear’s foolish fury at Cordelia and Kafka’s profound observation that many men survived the siren’s song but none their silence.
To combat this annihilating silence, one must first have a tendency toward the other, and secondly, be able to rouse their echo, so that it accompanies us. Hence, perhaps, the last verses, somewhat ethylic, of this book:

When I take you by the hand,
I no longer imagine we’ll need
to grow spines to save ourselves;
Instead, I imagine myself marching
toward the world,
as if it were on my side.
It must be the wine!

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“Cuando te llevo de la mano,
ya no imagino que habremos
de echar espinas para salvarnos;
imagino más bien que marcho
hacia el mundo,
como si estuviera de mi lado.
¡Será el vino!”

Del poema El vino, La geografía del erizo

Dibugrafías


Short story, Art
Libros.com, 2017
ISBN: 9788417023928

Singapore, New York, Beijing, Madrid and many other locations around the world are the inspiration for more than 50 stories, each a reply to a painterly inquiry.

The result is Dibugrafías, as clear an example as any of “writing on the move”, creating wherever, free from the shackles of “sitting down to write” and the setting for such enigmatic characters as the numbered woman, the headless man or Mister No.

José Felix Valdivieso, a graduate of Law, as well as East Asian Studies, has a passion for languages, from Yoruba to Japanese, along with Chinese. He is the Communications Director at IE Business School and the author of the 2010 book Cosas y murciélagos (Things and Bats), published by Incipit Editores.

Miguel Panadero is a multi-faceted artist, engaged in a lifelong quest through painting, illustration and sculpture. His art, a reflection of the human condition and our relationship with our environment, has featured in numerous one-man and collective exhibitions.

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“I’ve also heard that flight exceeds the wing,
in the same way that painting exceeds the hand”

From I’ve Heard it Said, Dibugrafías

Cosas y murciélagos


Short story
CYAN, 2010
ISBN: 9788481988215

The world is travelling at 01 speed, unable to keep up with its own narration. These Things and bats are a bridge, a way of holding onto the world, of approaching the words of these things and the bats that live in it. Things, bats, you and me, are all points and the connections between two points and the bridge we have to extend to know ourselves as “existed”.

The magic is in connecting, and for that magic not to be broken, we need to be alert to all inclemency, because when one least expects it, suddenly, along comes a shout and finishes everything off.

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“Surely, memory is one of the first steps toward death.
When he began to remember…”

From The flight, Dibugrafías

José Félix Valdivieso

Belgian-born, from Ecuadorian father and Spanish mother (Canarian), giving him two nationalities, he defines himself as a Janissary (the product of parents of different nationalities). He studied Law at Madrid’s Complutense University, and Oriental Studies, specializing in China, at the Spanish capital’s Autónoma University, and holds an MBA from IE Business School; he also briefly strayed into London with the intention of studying an LLM at University College.

At present

IE China Center Chairman.
Chief of Staff of IE University President´s Office.