He was born in San Roque, Cádiz, shortly before the civil war, into a family of “rights and order”. Educated according to the values of the time, first at the Instituto de la Línea and then at the Illustrious College Seminary of Theologians and Jurists of Sacromonte de Granada, from where he left without finishing his studies, possibly due to the already visible divergences of his thought with the of his preceptors.
In Granada he began his journalistic career a little later in the newspaper Patria . In those days all the Spanish newspapers exhibited the same political line: some called from the Movement and others from Editorial Católica , they left little room for the expression of concerns of the kind that, already then, occupied the artist's thought.
From a political point of view, Vázquez de Sola is radicalizing his ideology as he matures within an environment that shows him, ruthlessly, what words like fascism, repression, capital, etc. mean. This circumstance makes him clandestinely military from 1951, receiving his first card from the Spanish Communist Party (PCE) in 1960.
After going through some difficulties with the authorities of the moment, thus suffering various acts of censorship, dismissals, deportations to remote regions, although within Spanish territory, he leaves the Madrid newspaper, of which he was a permanent collaborator, as well as Spanish Television where he presented the The Saturday Night program , drawing caricatures of the participants before the cameras, left for Paris on foot. It was 1959.
In the French capital he sleeps under the bridges of the Seine , thus spending an undoubtedly difficult season, until the publication of “La Gran Corrida Franco” in Le Canard Enchainé , the most important satirical newspaper in France. The reception was unexpected, given the great demand, the newspaper makes a special circulation of one million copies. From that moment on, his professional life stabilized, he was already a French journalist by then staying in the profession for 30 years and forming part of the management of his newspaper.
He works at Le Canard , Le Monde , Le Monde Diplomatique , L´Humanité , etc., publishes books, holds numerous personal and group exhibitions, collaborates in radio and television programs. In 1972 in Bordighera , Italy , he received the coveted Palma d'Oro and the Nasreddin Hoca , in Turkey , in 1974.
Already consecrated for satirical and political drawing, he increasingly strengthened another of his aspects, that of a painter and that is how he went from small to large format, creating works in which, little by little, he refined his personal style. The 70s motivate the artist to dream differently, now he makes monumental oil paintings, where, without the black and white colors, characteristic of the written press and without the 15 or 12 square centimeter height where to capture his idea, find a new line in the professional order.
In 1985, he retired from journalistic work, settling in Spain. From that moment on, he dedicated himself to painting and making monographic exhibitions. Among his latest exhibitions we cite Lorca and his Friends, Women of my dreams, La Generación del 27, República or “Esto”, Tribute to Francisco Ayala, Besitos desde Sodoma and A la Pintura. He is currently preparing a tribute exhibition to Miguel Hernández and has recently published two books, one of them dedicated to immigration under the title Ashes of a burning sea. In 2014 he was awarded the Medal of Andalusia