Masnou, 1929 – Badalona, 2018
Santiago Pericot Canaleta was a Catalan painter, engraver and stage designer. He signed his works as Iago Pericot. He was the brother of the artist Jordi Pericot Canaleta and the son of Maria Canaleta Abellà.
Teacher at the Escola Normal de Barcelona and graduated in psychology from the University of Barcelona. In 1968 he lived in London thanks to scholarship to study engraving at the Slade School of Fine Arts. There he began a two-dimensional engraving technique, awarded in England and at the Engraving Fair in Ljubljana (Yugoslavia). He exhibited his artworks at the international biennials in Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Venice. He also worked in the field of scenography. He was appointed professor of scenography at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona in 1971. From 1983 to 1992 he was director of the scenography department at the same Institute. In 1975, together with Sergi Mateu Vives, he founded the Teatre Metropolità de Barcelona. In 1990 he was appointed professor of final projects at the Barcelona School of Architecture.
His theatrical productions include Rebel Delirium (1977), King Crimson Symphony (1980), Bent (1982), Beauty and the Beast (1984), Mozartnu (1986, of which he made a new version in 2008), The Banquet (1990), Uno es el Cubo (1995), Una furtiva òpera (1997), The Game of Deception (2002), Il mondo della luna (2004). In 1990 he received the National Performing Arts Award.
In July 2018, the City Council of Masnou agreed to award him the distinction of Favorite Son of Masnou. The delivery was posthumously in November.