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Eugenio Caballero is a Mexico City-born production designer and art director. He won an Oscar® for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. Caballero’s participation in the film also earned him an Ariel Award, an Art Directors’ Guild Award (the most prestigious award in his field), a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a Gold Derby Award, and an Online Film Critics Association award, as well as nominations for a Goya Award, a Satellite Award, a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, and a BAFTA Award.

Caballero studied art history and film history in Florence, Italy. Shortly thereafter, he began his career as a production designer of short films and music videos; his work in this field earned him an MTV Award, among other prizes. He soon started to work on feature--length films as an assistant and set decorator.

Caballero’s credits encompass nearly 30 films, including 20 as artistic director. He has worked with directors such as Jim Jarmusch (The Limits of Control), Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Sebastián Cordero (Crónicas, Rabia, and Europa Report), Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), Claudia Llosa (Aloft), Fernando Eimbcke (Club Sandwich), Carlos Cuarón (Rudo y Cursi), and Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil Extinction), among others.

His first collaboration with J. A. Bayona on The Impossible earned him a Goya nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination in 2013. In 2014, Caballero designed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics for director Daniele Finzi, with whom he also collaborated by designing the show Luzia for the Cirque du Soleil in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, he worked on the film A Monster Calls, directed by J. A. Bayona, based on the award-winning book by Patrick Ness. For his work on this film, Caballero won a Goya Award (his first win after three nominations), a Gaudí Award, a Fénix Award, and a Platino Award. In 2017-2018, he designed the film Roma, working alongside director Alfonso Cuarón. His work on Roma earned him multiple international awards and nominations, including a Critics’ Choice Awards, the Art Directors’ Guild Award, a BAFTA, and an Oscar®. Caballero has been nominated seven times for an Ariel Award—Mexico’s most important film prize—and won twice. He also won Best Production Design at the Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia and the Gramado Film Festival in Brazil.

Caballero has also served as a jury member for numerous international festivals and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the national film academies in both Mexico and Spain.