Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1936, Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa and his family were deported to Africa for political reasons, before his first birthday. He lived between Morocco and the Sahara until he was sixteen.

Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa Biography
Vazquez-Figueroa with his aunt
in the Sahara desert

At the age of 20 he became a professional diver and spent years on board the ship Cruz del Sur, and also worked with Jacques Cousteau's crew. In 1962 he studied journalism and worked as correspondent for Spanish newspapers La Vanguardia, Destino and later for Televisión Española (TVE). He worked as a war correspondent, during which time he covered historical events in Guinea, Chad, the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala, etc. Following a serious diving accident, he became a full-time writer.

Cruz del Sur school ship
As a professional diver

His first successful novel was Ebano (1975). Other titles, many of which have become best sellers, include Tuareg, Iguana, Icaro, Marfil, Bora Bora, Tiempo de Conquistadores, Sicario, Manaos, Piratas, the Oceano trilogy and the Cienfuegos series.

When he is not writing, he dedicates his time to project “Oceano”, which works to promote a new type of technology that provides low-cost desalination in a bid to tackle water scarcity in underdeveloped countries.