The well-known Gran Canaria figure-maker María Araujo, a reference on the national theater scene for her costume designs, died yesterday at the age of 70, the victim of the atrocious global pandemic of coronavirus. Assiduous collaborator of the great directors of the Spanish scene, such as Mario Gas, Josep María Pou, Josep María Flotats, Xavier Alberti, Natalia Menéndez or Carles Alfaro, among others, María Araujo (La Aldea de San Nicolás, 1950) resided for decades in Barcelona and throughout her career, she was distinguished with the most prestigious performing arts awards, including three Max awards.
Araujo debuted on the scene in the 80s under Flotats with the montage Cyrano de Bergerac, with whom she repeated as a costume designer in Sea cavalls (1992) or Cal dir-ho (1994), which earned him critical acclaim. “People love to know that I was the one who put the nose to Cyrano de Flotats in the 80s,” he related in a recent interview to this newspaper, where he stated: “I think that the villagers are lucky people, although this should always be accompanied by an effort. ”
Although he also developed in the fields of cinema and television, Araujo distinguished himself for his wardrobe work in the most emblematic theaters throughout the national geography. Specifically, at the Spanish Theater in Madrid, with which he collaborated in six productions, including Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, directed by Carles Alfaro, or Sweeney Todd, musical directed by Mario Gas. In addition, Araujo designed costumes for theatrical productions that premiered at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid or the Poliorama Theater in Barcelona.
Among his distinctions, three Max Awards parade for the works Amadeus (1999), The cute Don Diego (2014) and Ricardo III (2018), since she was awarded four times by critics from Barcelona and on three others she was awarded the ADE Figurisme Award. In addition, in 2017 he received the Silver Can of the Arts of the Gran Canaria Council.
Many personalities from the theater world yesterday expressed their desolation for the loss of the great lady in the wardrobe of the Spanish scene.