Fernández Ardavín, César (1883-1974)

Fernández Ardavín, César (1883-1974)

Spanish artist César Fernández Ardavín was primarily known as a poster designer but also produced portraits and landscapes in oil along with over 1,000 drawings.

His family had close ties with the film industry as his brother, Luis, was a writer and another brother, Eusebio, was a multi-disciplinarian in cinematographic disciplines. César preferred to pursue a career in design and painting but did produce various film posters. He also worked at his father’s lithographic studio.

His son, César Fernández-Ardavín Ruiz, became a director.

An example of his work is held in The Frick Collection, New York.

Public Collections

The Frick Collection in New York.



Born in Madrid, Spain, to Eusebio Fernández Mingo and Fernández Mingo (nee Ardavín).

Studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid under Luis Menéndez Pidal and Cecilio Plá.

Began working alongside his father at a lithography studio. Produced various designs for posters including for the film industry.


Married Maria Teresa Ruiz Zabala.



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