For over twenty years, Marcos Viñals Bassols has been developping his talent in the fields of theater design, show design and event design for live and TV shows, exhibition design, and art installations, from the primitive conceptual drafts until the final presentations to countless audiences worldwide.
His meaningful poetic vision and his powerful visual interpretations of the contents are the watermarks of his creativity that can be recognized through his work in the tridimensional space of the performative moment.
Born in Barcelona, Marcos studied interior architecture at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in scenography at the Superior National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre in Brussels, with a ‘Magna Cum Laude’ degree. Additionnaly, he followed scenography workshops directed by Joseph Svoboda, and Willy Decker, in 1997 and 1998.
During the past 20 years he has designed theatre sets for over 60 productions in various theaters in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and abroad, notably memorable productions such as his first theater design for the play Ivona, Princess of Burgundy, awarded with the COCOF theater prize.
For his stage design for the play The madman and the nun, he received the belgian Theatre Award of the best scenography in 1998. Marcos’ unique set designs enabled him to be nominee for this price on four other occasions.
Working with several famous directors like Franz Marijnen, Dirk Decloedt or Franco Dragone, Marcos expresses his passion by creating sophisticated scenic environments, for events, shows, plays, and performances. He also designs and produces stage designs and sets for live events, musicals and concerts.
His experience in show and event design started as early as 2002 designing large scale events for various clients and seen by wide audiences for events like the commemoration of the 700 years of the Battle of the Golden Spurs, which was awarded with the Silver Benelux Event Award.
He designed in 2010 the opening show of the Belgian presidency of the European Union. The European Parliament and the esplanade surrounding served as setting of the show, a perfect blend of scenic elements and performances, lighting design, video projections and stunning fireworks.
Marcos also designs the TV sets of the annual editions of the Hala Layali Febrayer Festival, a major annual musical event in Kuwait, broadcasted in the Middle East. The set is based on a composition of LED panels, creating custom shaped screens that display cutting-edge motion graphics.
Marcos’s unique inspiration allowed him to be invited twice to create the Bayan Palace show, an annual show involving 1 400 singing and dancing kuwaiti children, Held at the Bayan Palace theatre in presence of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and broadcasted live on the national television.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary in summer 2014, VTM, the biggest television company in Belgium commissioned Marcos to create a breathtaking outdoors show on the beach, for approx. 20 000 viewers. The show was freshly awarded with 2 silver awards at the 2014 European Best Event Awards held in Sevilla, Spain, in the categories “Best Celebration/Festivity” and “Best Execution”.
Since 1999, Marcos has also been designing numerous exhibition designs, such as Trillennium Expo, Converting Sacred Spaces, a touring exhibition on Cistercian world, or the permanent museum of the abbey of Orval. Additionally, Marcos has been teaching theatre design and scenography at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, Belgium for seven years, until 2009.
In 2010 Marcos ensured the artistic direction and scenography of OVO, a multi-sensory art installation at the Lighting Festival in Lyon, France. This wonderful art installation has been exhibited in major cities worldwide such as Istanbul, Turkey; Jerusalem, Israel; Frankfurt, Germany; Beijing, China; Erdos, Mongolia; Astana, Kazakhstan; and Helsinki, Finland.
Marcos is also the designer of the Tree Rings light art installation, winner of the international competition for the Christmas lighting of the Avenue des Champs- Elysées in Paris, that has been seen by international audiences between 2010 and 2014.
He designed the permanent museum of the Battle of Waterloo to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the famous battle. The new permanent exhibition offers 1600 sqm of exhibits and scenic installations about the causes and issues of the battle.
Marcos is nowadays involved in majors events worldwide as a scenographer and art director, designing the concepts of the shows, the design of the stage, sets, props, video projections and lighting designs.
His latest show designs have been for events and shows directed by Franco Dragone, such as the new Philipp Kirkorov’s show in Russia, or the Land of Legends themed park in Turkey.