Pablo Atchugarry was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on August 23, 1954. His father Pedro, an art lover, perceived Pablo’s skills and interest and stimulated him to take up art from childhood. In his early days he expressed himself through painting, and gradually discovered other materials, such as cement, iron and wood. At the end of the 70’s, after staging several exhibitions in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Porto Alegre and Brasilia, he made several trips to study in Spain, France and Italy, where he organised his first personal exhibition in 1978 in the city of Lecco (Lake Como). His painting work was subsequently exhibited in several cities, such as Milan, Copenhagen, Paris, Coira, Bergamo and Stockholm. In 1979, after experimenting with different materials, he discovered marble as an extraordinary and fascinating material, and created his first sculpture called “La Lumière”, in Carrara. In 1980-81 he continued to travel, and exhibited his pictorial work in Stockholm, Lucerne, Lugano, Munich, Zurich, London, Malmö, Paris and Bogota. In 1982, he continued to work in marble in Carrara and decided to settle in Lecco, Italy, as a result of his sculpture “La Pietà”, executed in a block of 12 tonnes in statuary Carrara marble, which he finished in 1983. In 1987 he held his first individual sculpture exhibition in the Bramantino Crypt in Milan, which was presented by Raffaele de Grada. As of 1989, he also made some monumental pieces which are now part of private and public collections in America and Europe. In 1996 he executed the sculpture “Semilla de la esperanza” [The seed of hope] for the park of the Libertad Building, the seat of the Government of Uruguay. In 1999, the Pablo Atchugarry Museum was founded in Lecco, exhibiting work spanning his whole career, and which also houses all the artist’s bibliographic documentation and work archive. In 2001, the Province of Milan organised a retrospective exhibition of his work “Le infinite evoluzioni del marmo” [The infinite evolutions of marble], in the Isimbardi Palace in Milan. That same year, he sculpted the monument titled the “Obelisco del terzo millennio” [Obelisk of the Third Millennium], a 6-metre high sculpture in Carrara marble for the Italian city of Manzano (Udine), and he was commissioned to make the “Monumento alla Civiltà e Cultura del lavoro Lecchese” [Civilisation and the work ethos of Lecco], a 6-metre high sculpture in Carrara marble that weighs in at thirty tonnes. In 2002, in Carrara, he was honoured with the “Michelangelo” award, in recognition of his career as an artist, and he continued to work on different pieces, including the “Ideali” [Ideals] sculpture, which stands on Princess Grace Avenue in Monaco, created for the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Prince Rainier of Monte Carlo. In 2003 he participated in the 50th Venice Biennal with the work “Soñando la paz” [Dreaming of Peace], a sculptural work consisting of eight pieces, five of them in statuary Carrara marble and three in Bardiglio marble from Garfagnana. That same year he sculpted the “Ascención” [Ascension] work for the Franc Daurel Foundation of Barcelona. In 2004 he made the “Energía Vital” [Vital Energy] sculpture in Rosa Portugal marble for the Davidoff Cancer Hospital of the Belinson Centre in Petak Tikva, Israel. In 2005, the Museo National de Bellas Artes of Buenos Aires organised an exhibition of his work. 75
In June 2006, the Groningen Museum and Concert Hall of Bruges, Belgium, organised a major retrospective exhibiting of work from private international collections. The Berardo Collection of Portugal purchased the “Camino Vital” [Vital Path] (483 cm high) piece, carved in 1999 in statuary Carrara marble for the Belén Cultural Centre of Lisbon. In 2007 he created the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation in Manantiales, Uruguay, with the intention of stimulating the arts and creating a meeting point for artists of all disciplines, an ideal nexus between nature and art. In 2007, he also completed the work “Nella luce” [Under the spotlight], 8 metres high, sculpted in a block of 48 tonnes for the Fontana Collection in Italy. Between 2007 and 2008, a retrospective and travelling exhibition of his work was organised in Brazil. The exhibition, titled “Lo spazio plastico della luce” [The plastic space of light], presented by Luca Massimo Barbero, was exhibited in the Banco do Brazil Cultural Centre in Brasilia, the MUBE (Brasilian Sculpture Museum) of São Paulo and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum of Curitiba. In 2008, the National Museum of Visual Arts of Montevideo organised an exhibition of his body of work over the last 15 years. In 2009 he made the sculpture “Luz y Energía de Punta del Este” [Light and Energy of Punta del Este], a 5-metre-high piece in Carrara statue marble for the city of Punta del Este. Between 2009 and 2011 he developed the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation in Manantiales, creating an international sculpture park, new exhibition and didactic spaces for the dissemination and teaching of art, which is visited by thousands of students. In 2011, the Groningen Bruges Museum purchased the 3-metre-high work executed in the course of 1999 in statuary Carrara marble. His work is exhibited at the following museums and public institutions: the National Museum of Visual Arts of Montevideo, Parco Museum of Portofino, Lercaro Museum of Bologna, Collection of the Province of Milan, Palazzo Isimbardi, Collection of the Province of Lecco, the Ticozzi Room, Lecco, Fatebenefratelli Centre of Valmadrera, Groningen Museum in Bruges, etc. His sculptural work has been exhibited in London, New York, Miami, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Paris, São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasilia, Panama, New Orleans, San Francisco, Madrid, Cologne, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussel, Gant, Zurich, Basel, Abu Dhabi, Milan,Venice, Turin, Stockholm, etc. His works are auctioned at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London, New York, Paris and Amsterdam. His sculptures are part of public and private collections in the United States, England, Mexico, Italy, France, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Columbia, Luxembourg, Panama, Chile, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon,Venezuela, Peru, Germany, Poland, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, Principality of Monaco, etc. In November 2011 he had his first solo exhibition in New York held by the Hollis Taggart Gallery. The sculpture Dreaming New York has been exhibited in occasion of the Armory Show in Times Square, March 2012. The Electa - Mondadori publishing house is preparing the artist’s sculpture catalogue, which is scheduled to be distributed by the end of 2012 He is currently living and working in the city of Lecco, Italy, and in Manantiales, Uruguay.
Selected solo exhibitions 2011 Holllis Taggart Galeries New York 2010 Albemarle Gallery London Bienvenu Gallery New Orleans 2008 Albemarle Gallery London Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales Montevideo 2007 Museu Oscar Niemeyer Curitiba Museu Brasileiro de Escultura São Paulo Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brasilia Lagorio Arte Contemporanea Brescia Frey Norris Gallery San Francisco 2006 Albemarle Gallery London Groeninge Museum Bruges Galeria Sur Punta del Este - La Barra Gary Nader Fine Art Miami 2005 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires Park Ryu Sook Gallery Seoul Gary Nader Fine Art Miami 2004 Galeria Tejeria Loppacher Punta del Este - Uruguay Galleria Rino Costa Valenza Villa Monastero Varenna Albemarle Gallery London 2003 Fondation Veranneman Kruishoutem 50° Biennale di Venezia- Padiglione dell’ Uruguay Venezia Fondazione Abbazia di Rosazzo Rosazzo - Udine Galleria Les Chances de l’Art Bolzano 2002 Ellequadro Documenti Genova 2001 Palazzo Isimbardi Milan Albemarle Gallery London Fondazione Il Fiore Firenze 2000 Galerie Le Point Monte Carlo 1999 Inter- American Development Bank Washington 1998 Ellequadro Documenti Genoa Fondation Veranneman Kruishoutem 1996 Valente Arte Contemporanea Finale Ligure 1997 Centro Fatebenefratelli Valmadrera 1994 Galleria Nuova Carini Milan 1992 Galerie L’Oeil Bruxelles 1991 Galleria Carini Milan 1989 Biblioteca Civica di Lecco Lecco 1988 Galleria Carini Milan Museo Salvini Coquio Trevisago 1983 Villa Manzoni Lecco
1982 Galeria Felix Caracas Galleria Visconti Lecco Galleria Comuale Monza 1981 Ibis Gallery Malmo Galerie L’ Art et la Paix Paris Galeria la Gruta Bogota 1979 Maison de l’ Amerique Latine Paris 1978 Galleria Visconti Lecco Galleria La Colonna Como 1974 Galeria Lirolay Buenos Aires 1972 Subte Municipal Montevideo Selected group exhibitions 2012 ArteBa Buenos Aires SP Arte São Paulo The Armory show New York Tefaf Maastricht Art First Bologna 2011 Art Basel Miami Miami Fiac Paris ArteBa Buenos Aires SP Arte São Paulo Tefaf Maastricht Art First Bologna 2010 Fiac Paris SP Arte São Paulo Tefaf Maastricht Art First Bologna 2009 Fiac Paris ArteBa Buenos Aires Art First Bologna 2008 Arco Madrid 2007 Art First Bologna Arco Madrid Galeria Sur Punta del Este 2006 Hollis Taggart Galleries New York ArteFiera Bologna Art London London Gallery Bienvenu New Orleans 2005 ArteFiera Bologna Art Basel Miami 2004 Art London London Miart Milan Arco Madrid Arte Fiera Bologna 2003 Arco Madrid Artefiera Bologna
2002 Galerie Le Point Monte Carlo Tefaf Mastricht Arco Madrid Artefiera Bologna 2001 Tefaf Mastricht Arco Madrid Artefiera Bologna 2000 Xenobio Exhibition- a cura di Idehiro Ikegami Bologna Tefaf Mastricht Arco Madrid Artefiera Bologna 1999 Orion Art Gallery Bruxelles Art Basel Basel Tefaf Mastricht Arco Madrid Artefiera Bologna 1998 Biennale di Aldo Roncaglia San Felice Sul Panaro Scultura 98 Sondrio Castle of Bourglinster Luxembourg Artefiera Bologna 1997 Gildo Pastor Center Monte Carlo Artefiera Bologna 1996 Palazzo Ducale Genoa 1995 Ellequadro Documenti Genoa 1994 4a Biennal de Sculpture Contemporain Passy 1992 Palazzo Crepadona Belluno 9° Salon d’ Art Contemporain Bourg en Bresse 1991 Contemporary Art International Milan 1990 Simposio di sculture - Castello di Nelson Bronte 1989 IX Bienal de Arte Internacional- Chile Valparaiso 1987 Esibizione Internazionale di sculture Castellanza Esibizione di Arte Sacra- San Francesco Como Esibizione Internazionale Como “ Como Illustrazioni” 7a Esibizione d’ Arte SacraMilano Basilica San Sempliciano 1984 XIX Esibizione Internazionale di Scultura Legnano 1a Esibizione di piccole sculture Castellanza 1983 3a Esibizione d’ Arte SacraMilan Basilica San Sempliciano 1980 Taormina concorso ( 1º Premio) Taormina 1979 “ Alessandro Volta “ Pittura internazionale Como 1977 XL Salón Nacional - Premio Adquisicion Montevideo International Exhibition of Copenhagen Applied Arts Bella Center
1976 Galeria Aramayo Montevideo Salón de Miniescultura Montevideo 1975 XVI International Salón Paris -Sud Juvisy 1974 XXII Salón Municipal Montevideo XV International Salón Paris- Sud Juvisy 1973 XXVI Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas Montevideo 1972 XXVI Salón Municipal de Artes Plásticas Montevideo 1965 IGE Salón de Artes Plásticas para la juventud Montevideo
Selected public commissions 2011 Cosmic embrace, Belgium 2010 Untitled 1999, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium 2009 Light and Energy of Punta de l’Este, Uruguay 2004 Vital Energy, Davidoff Hospital, Petah Tikva, Israel 2003 Ascencion, Franc Daurel Foundation, Barcelona, Spain 2002 Ideals, Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco Feeling of beauty, Province of Lecco, Lecco, Italy 2001 Untitled, Lercaro Museum, Bologna, Italy 2000 Woman,Therme Palace hotel, Ostende, Belgium 1998 Caryatid, Therme Palace hotel, Ostende, Belgium 1996 Seed of hope, Goverment Palace garden, Montevideo, Uruguay 1994 Untitled 1992, Portofino Museum, Italy 1992 Embrace , Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
Selected Bibliography Jonathan Goodman, Heroic Activities, New York , Hollis Taggart Galleries, 2011 Edward Lucie-Smith, Atchugarry, Pablo Atchugarry. The spirit of Marble, Albemarle Gallery, London 2010. Luca Massimo Barbero, Lo spazio plástico della luce- in Atchugarry, Lagorio Arte Contemporanea, Brescia ,Shin Edizioni 2007. Carlo Pirovano, “Tra terra e cielo”- in Pablo Atchugarry, Nella Luce,Valmadrera, Editoria Grafica Colombo, 2007. Till Holger Borchert, “Between material and immaterial, amidst history and the present, some remarks on the sculptures of Pablo Atchugarry”, Groeninge Museum + Forum plus, Bruges 2006.
Prof.Willem Elias, Pablo Atchugarry of wanneer marmer levend wordt, Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem 1998. Hidehiro Ikegami, Pablo Atchugarry, Nikkei Art, Japan 1997. Paolo Frasson, Nel Giardino di Pomona, Pablo Atchugarry e la voce del marmo,Venezia 1997. Angel Kalenberg, Esculturas al aire libre, Parque de esculturas de la casa de Gobierno, Montevideo 1996. Julio María Sanguinetti, Un parque para el arte, Parque de esculturas de la casa de Gobierno, Montevideo, 1996. Marisa Vescovo, Atchugarry, Valente Arte Contemporanea, Finale Ligure 1996. Paolo Levi, Pablo Atchugarry, Lecco 1994.
Lieve Desmidt, Pablo Atchugarry, Museum Groeninge Bulletin N° 2, Bruges 2006.
Raffaele De Grada, Il lineare percorso dello scultore Pablo Atchugarry, Edizioni Guelfi,Verona 1992.
Nelly Prazzo, Atchugarry, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires 2005.
Nicoletta Colombo, Gli ideali mistici di Atchugarry, Arte, Milano 1991.
Carol Damian, “ The marble of Deception”, Gary Nader Gallery, Miami 2005. Alfredo Torres, “La persecución de la diferencia”, Galeria Tejeria Loppacher,, Punta del Este 2004.
Raffaele De Grada, Un documento del nostro tempo: la scultura di Pablo Atchugarry, Galleria Carini, Milano 1988. Raffaele De Grada, Pablo Atchugarry, Cripta del Bramantino à SS.Apostoli e Nazaro, Lecco 1987. Marino Colombo, Pablo Atchugarry e pensieri sull’arte, Lecco 1981.
Paolo Frasson, “Antiche pietre nuove pietre”, Abbazia di Rosazzo, Rosazzo 2003.
Mario Radice, Alla Colonna, ottime chine del pittore scultore uruguaiano Atchugarry, La Provincia, Como 1978.
Luciano Caramel, Scultura come “arte di simboli, per la comunità”, 50° Biennale di Venezia 2003. Arnau Puig, Il mundo escultórico de Pablo Atchugarry, catalogue Atchugarry, Barcelona 2002. Carlo Pirovano, Atchugarry, in Monumento alla civiltà e cultura del lavoro lecchese, Lecco 2002. Carlo Sgorlon, Il monumento della sedia in Obelisco del terzo Millennio, Manzano 2001. Paolo Frasson, Titanismo nella scultura di Pablo Atchugarry, Obelisco del Terzo Millennio, Manzano 2001. Julio Maria Sanguinetti, Una obra con vocación clásica, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milano 2001. Nicoletta Colombo, Le infinite evoluzioni del marmo, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milano 2001. Carlo Pirovano, Atchugarry, Galerie Le Point, Monte Carlo 2000. Tiziana Leopizzi, Pablo Atchugarry, Museo Pablo Atchugarry, Lecco 1999. Luciano Caprile, Alla ricerca del sublime, Museo Pablo Atchugarry, Lecco 1999. Luciano Caprile, Pablo Atchugarry, in Atchugarry,Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem 1998.
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