BIOGRAPHY: Pablo Sampedro Molero

Pablo Sampedro Molero was born in Palomares del Campo, Cuenca, Spain, in 1935. He became an apprentice at the FNMT in 1950, and studied drawing and engraving at the National School of Graphic Arts in Madrid from 1951 to 1957.

Sampedro's first known stamp is the 2p value from the 1960 Spanish set commemorating El Cid Campeador, depicting Huntington's equestrian El Cid statue.

Starting in the early 1960s, Sampedro worked himself up from assistant engraver to chief technical engraving specialist and head of the engraving department in the late 1980s.

Sampedro won the international Best Engraved Stamp award for his stamp portrait of Ramón Carande, issued in 1987.

From 1993 to 2000, Sampedro was a Professor of Engraving at the School of Engraving and Graphic Design of the Casa de la Moneda in Madrid.

In 2000 Sampedro retired, after his last known stamp was issued in 1999, the 70p value of the set marking St James' Holy Year.

You will find Pablo Sampedro Molero's dabatase HERE.