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// July 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // About me

Writing and painting 


Enrique Ojembarrena Goiricelaya received the Café Gijon literary award in 1966 for his novel Ismael. In 1970 his novel Vuelos de gaviota was a finalist for the Guipúzcoa award for best novel. During his stay in the USA as a University Lecturer (1971-1981) his short stories were published in both Spanish and American magazines, and a number of them have subsequently been published in anthologies. In 1990, during his tenure as professor of Spanish and World Literature at the University of the Basque Country, he published Simposio-Homenaje a Ernst Jünger. In 1994 he published the first edition of his historical bullfighting novel, Guerrita, followed by Traje de luces in 1999, an autobiographical poetry collection spanning the years from 1971 to 1999. His third novel, Bajo la noche,  a contribution to the bildungsroman, appeared in 2008. An English translation of his novel Guerrita was published in 2011. In 2013 he published, Sueños/Dreams,  a book that dives into the ocean of dreams, and Cape Town Blues, 19 short stories about ordinary men and women of Cape Town whose lives constitute the inner music of the city. The Spanish version of this last book is published in 2016.


// July 14th, 2012 // 5 Comments » // About me



Ojembarrena’s love for the art of painting starts in Paris when he is 19 years old. Looking at Van Gogh, Pissarro, Cezanne, Monet, Bonnard, Picasso, he receives an education and a delight that will remain with him for the rest of his life.

He takes his first steps in painting in his early thirties while teaching at Norwich University in Vermont by the hand of a friend, the American painter B. A. King.