Malaga is the birthplace of many artists that have left an indelible mark on the history, some of them are universally well known and others less known, responsible for curiosities you can find below:
Solomon ibn Gabirol, also Solomon ben Judah (Latin: Avicebron, a corruption of Ibn Gibran), was an Andalusian Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher with a Neoplatonic bent. He was born in Málaga about 1021 and is believed to have died around 1058 in Valencia. Gabirol was one of the first teachers of Neoplatonism in Europe. His role has been compared to that of Philo. Philo had served as the intermediary between Hellenic philosophy and the Oriental world; a thousand years later Gabirol Occidentalized Greco-Arabic philosophy and restored it to Europe.
Pablo Picasso (baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives.Added to these were Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish law. Born in the city of Málaga) is one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Antonio Banderas was born on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Spain. From 1982 to 1986, he acted exclusively in films directed by Pedro Almodóvar. His success as an actor in American came with his role in Philadelphia (1993). In 1994, Banderas won a role in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. In 1997, he made The Mask of Zorro. He performed the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek film series, and in the 2011 spin-off film, Puss in Boots. As film director Antonio is responsible of two films: Crazy in Alabama (1999) and Summer Rain (2006). Althought his popularity comes from his work as actor, his greatest artistic successes have came through his work as producer with his company “Green Moon Productions” in 2008 releases “Before The Fall” (2008) winning a load of awards in different film festival around the world and being the 3º film in the “2008 Movie International Watch List“. The other great success comes with the animation short film “The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte)” (2009) 100% Andalusian production which was nominated to the Oscar’s Academy Awards.
Another illustrious figures are:
The philosopher María Zambrano (1904-1991) was born in Vélez-Málaga (my town) is among the most influential women writers of all times in the Hispanic World. Associated with the Generation of ’36 movement, she was an exile of the Spanish Civil War for most of her life, living in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Actresses as Marisol whose became a legend in the ’60s or Amparo Muñoz (born in Vélez-Málaga) she was also Miss Universe in 1974 but renounced months later (being the only person who has rejected) due to disagreements with the organization.
Antonio Molina was a great flamenco and Andalusian copla singer and occasional actor who participed in the Sam Wood‘s movie “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943). Pablo Pineda is an actor who won the Silver Shell for the best actor award in The San Sebastián International Film Festivalbut his greatest success is being the first student with Down’s syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree.
I think the best way to finish this post is with music and for that any better than Tabletom, eclectic band formed in 1976 in which mixed different musical styles as jazz, blues, reggae, rock, flamenco…, it has never had the recognition of the general public but is one of the most influential groups on the music in Spain.