Artur Balder

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Artur Balder
Artur Balder Directs.jpg
Artur Balder at the set of Little Spain
Born Artur Balder
Alicante, Spain
Residence Meatpacking District, Lower Manhattan
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Spanish, German, Jewish
Citizenship United States
Occupation Writer
Years active 1998–present

Artur Balder (born August 14, 1974) is a Spanish American[1] [2] [3] filmmaker and writer.[4] He is a recipient of the New York Latin ACE Awards.[5]

He is best known for his Saga of Teutoburg of Roman Military fiction set in the territories of the Roman Empire at the boundaries of Germania Magna, covering the second invasion of Germania and the subsequent prolonged campaign undertaken by the Julio-Claudian dynasty. To date there are four books in the series. It is the longest and most extensive fictional work about the Germanic hero Arminius the Cheruscan. [6] All four episodes of the Saga of Teutoburg were distinguished as "lifetime sacred text of Ásatrú religion"[7] by Odinist Community of Spain — Ásatrú, Spain, 2014.[8][9]

He has also written another series, Chronicles of Widukind, focusing on the Saxon rebel Widukind and Charlemagne, whose first title, The Codex of the Sword, was published in 2010. The second volume, The lords of Earth, was released in 2012 and the third volume The Spear of Destiny was released in May 2013. He is also a filmmaker and is responsible for the investigations about Little Spain,[10] authoring several documentaries that display for first time the history of the Spanish immigration in the city of New York.[11]

His documentary about contemporary art Ciria pronounced thiria was premiered in May 2013 by the MoMA[12] in New York, sponsored by the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica,[13][14] and by the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin in November 2013 [15] .[16]



Artur Balder was born in Alicante in 1974. He moved in the early 90s to Valencia to undertake studies of history, German philology and journalism, while continuing musical training in the conservatory of the city. It was there where he began working as editor at the culture desk of the newspaper Las Provincias. He worked too as classical music critic in journals like Scherzo and other Valencian publications devoted to the Palau de la Música, the concert hall of Valencia.


Shortly after he began to study at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Valencia, left unfinished. However, he participated in various art exhibitions in Valencia. In September 2004 he published his first literary work,The Monarch Stone, a children fantasy novel set in the early Middle Ages, which was acquired and recalled by Random House Mondadori S. A. because of its great success after its third imprint ,[17] published again by Random House in 2011.[6][18]

Emigration to the United States[edit]

In 2008 he emigrated to the United States, settling in the city of New York.[11] From that moment his literary output was supplemented by film directing and production training, a process that would end in 2010 with the completion of the documentaries on the Spanish emigration to New York City, Little Spain and Tales of 14th Street and the biopic dedicated to the work of the Spanish painter José Manuel Ciria, who was living in the West Village of the American metropolis since 2005.[19][20]


Artur Balder is the author of several children books, published and internationally distributed by Random House[21] in Spain and South America. His historical fiction sagas, published by Edhasa,[22] are inspired by Germanic heroes like Arminius in the times of ancient Rome, or the saxon duke Widukind, who led a rebellion during early Middle Ages[23] against emperor Charlemagne. His books are translated into several languages.[24] Among others: Dutch,[25] Italian,[26] French,[27] Romanian,[28]Polish,[29] Catalonian,[30] English,[31] Chinese.[32]

Little Spain[edit]

In 2010 he wrote and directed the documentary about Little Spain.[33] Balder lived at the building of the Spanish Benevolent Society for more than one year as resident artist.[33] During this time, he discovered on 14th Street archives that could show for first time the evolution of the streets of Little Spain[34] in Manhattan since its origins.[35] The documentary reveals the untold history of the Spanish American presence in the New York City borough of Manhattan, and its community around 14th Street, known as Little Spain.[36] The archive contains more than 450 photographs and 150 documents that have never been publicly displayed.[37] They present the history of the streets of Little Spain in New York City throughout the 20th Century.[38][39][40][41][42][43]

The film was released in November 2014[44] and additionally received good reviews in the American entertainment media, where film critic Rafael Bernal wrote that the film is “a valuable addition to New York's immigration history”, “bringing with it the expected color and excitement of immigration, along with a few advantages over other American Dream documentaries”, adding ultimately: “Balder successfully illustrates the moods, flavors and excitement of recreating a far-away home”, with a “magnifying-glass perspective that serves to build an original story arc.[45] In the Spanish media, former US correspondent José María Carrascal wrote about the film that it was "the best Christmas present he could imagine".[46] Film critic Fernando Campos wrote in New York that the director “won the Latin ACE Award for Best Documentary Film because of his magnificent and revealing “Little Spain”.'[47]

The film, that is dedicated to Federico García Lorca[48] and includes lines from his work Poet in New York, was awarded Best Documentary Film in the competition category by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York.[49]


In May 2013 the film directed by Balder "Ciria pronounced thiria" was premiered at the MoMA[50] in New York City, a documentary film about contemporary art sponsored by Spanish company Telefónica. In the film participated as interviewees some of the most relevant American art critics such as the marxist Donald Kuspit and members of the Gagosian Gallery.[51][52]

Literary awards[edit]

  • International Prize for Contemporary Art of Mainz, Germany[53] (2001).
  • The Spanish-American International Award, New York, USA[11][54]

[54] [55] (2012).

  • Total Art work Prize 2013 from the Spanish Wagner Society to the Saga of Teutoburg.[56]
  • Bicentenary Richard Wagner Prize 2013 from the Spanish Wagner Society.[57]

Literary works[edit]

Saga of Teutoburg[edit]

The saga has won the Total Art Work Prize 2013 from the Sapanish Wagner Society.[56]

  1. The last Cheruscan (2005). Ediciones B. ISBN 978-84-9872-805-7
  2. Liberator Germaniae (2006). Ediciones B. ISBN 978-84-9872-806-4
  3. The Battle of Destiny (2007). Ediciones B. ISBN 978-84-9872-807-1
  4. Twilight of the Aesir (2007). Ediciones B. ISBN 978-84-666-5332-9

Saga of Widukind[edit]

  1. The Codex of the Sword. EDHASA, 2010. ISBN 978-84-350-6180-3
  2. The Lords of Earth. EDHASA,[60] 2012. ISBN 978-84-350-6181-0
  3. The Spear of Destiny. EDHASA,[61][62] 2012. ISBN 978-84-350-6182-7

Curdy series[edit]

  1. Curdy y la Cámara de los Lores. Montena (Random House Mondadori), 2007. ISBN 978-84-8441-331-8
  2. Curdy y el Cetro de Carlomagno. Montena (Random House Mondadori), 2009. ISBN 978-84-8441-436-0
  3. Curdy y el Vampiro de Gothland. Montena (Random House Mondadori), 2011. ISBN 978-84-8441-922-8


  1. 2001: homenaje a Kubrick.[63] Galería Muro, 2001.
  2. El Anillo del Nibelungo.[64] Galería Argenta, 2003.
  3. La Piedra del Monarca. The Magic Rider, 2004. ISBN 84-934076-0-7
  4. MonarchStone.[65] Montena, Random House Mondadori S.A., 2011. ISBN 978-84-8441-650-0


Short films[edit]

  • Muerte Express[66] (2003)
  • Limit[67] (2004)
  • Widukind[68] (2009)


  • Ciria pronounced thiria[69] (2013)
  • Little Spain[69] (2014)
  • The reality of the imaginary[69] (2015)

Film awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 Little Spain Best Documentary Film by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Won[70]

See also[edit]



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