Emilio Grau-Sala was born in 1911 in Barcelona and studied art at the academy of arts of that city. Having made his debut at the Salon des Humoristes in Paris when extremely young, he had his first one-man show in Barcelona at the age of 18, and went on to have shows of his work throughout the world – Paris, Madrid, London, Buenos Aires, New York. Having traveled widely, in 1936 he established himself permanently in Paris and in the following year participated in the important exhibition at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh. In Paris he designed numerous theatre sets and costumes, he illustrated books, designed interiors for restaurants, and above all continued to paint and develop his own unique mannerisms. He brought alive the Paris of the demi-monde, the bohemian and artistic quarters, with a gentle charm and a distinctively Spanish taste that made his work both immediately recognizable and also extraordinarily popular. He died in 1975.