Ignacio Iturria

Biography

Montevideo, Uruguay, b.1949

One of the most recognized Uruguayan painters of his generation, Ignacio Iturria is known for his surreal interpretations of memory and space. As the Latin-American artists around him developed Abstract Expressionism, Iturria chose to create pictorial compositions centered around the human figure. Distilled with the atmosphere of his hometown, Montevideo, Iturria’s paintings are rich with earth tones evoking the murky waters of the Río de la Platas River.

After marrying his wife in 1977, he moved to a small town of artists on the Mediterranean coast, not far from Barcelona, Spain. In 1984 he returned to Uruguay where he began exhibiting in Punta del Este and other Latin American cities. He was one of fifteen artists selected by the Fund of Artists Colonies of New York in 1988 where he participated in a three-month long residency that spearheaded his later (2004) project “Casablanca art in action” (a school of arts dedicated to various artistic disciplines). In 1994 he won the Grand Prize of the IV international Painting Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador and the following year won the renowned “Casa di Risparmio” award in the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he was invited to participate as a juror in Guatemala’s XIV Biennial of Art Paiz. During his time there he helped create “Coatepeque,” a small artist collective. In April of 2006 he returned to Spain where he spent three years painting, and receiving frequent visits from students he mentored. He later established the “Ignacio Iturria Foundation” in Rosario, Colonia, Uruguay, where he currently resides— the foundation serves as a place in which emerging artists with limited resources can continue to develop their careers. 

Selected solo exhibitions

1977 - 1985: Galleries in different cities and towns of Catalonia, Spain: Gerona, Olot, San J. De las Abadesas, Castelldefels, Cadaqués and Barcelona.

 

1981, 1984: Galería Manzione, Punta del Este, Uruguay 

 

1985: Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

1986: Galería Latina, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

1987: 

Club del  Lago, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Galería Praxis, Lima, Perú

Museo de la Municipalidad de Miraflores (with Nelson Ramos), Lima, Perú, curated by Luis Lama 

 

1988: Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

 

1989:

Park Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

La Galería, Quito, Ecuador

 

1990: Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

1991: 

Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Solo Exhibition at the V Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba, curated by Olga Larnaudie


 

1992:

Solo Exhibition at ARCO´92, Madrid, Spain

Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

1993: Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., USA

 

1994: 

Que viva la vida, Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico

Soñar con los ojos abiertos, Mexico

 

1995: 

Representative of Uruguay at the XLVI Venice Biennale, where he was the recipient of the Casa di Risparmio Award, Venice, Italy, curated by Angel Kalemberg

Presente y memoria de un taller, Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

1996: 

La casa de la memoria, North Dakota Museum of Art, North Dakota, USA, curated by Laurel Reuter

La Casa de la Memoria, Centro Cultural "Plug in", Winnipeg, Canada

 

1997:

Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Solo exhibition at "Los festivales de Lima", Lima, Perú, curated by Alfredo Torres

Museo de arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia

The First Etchings, Praxis Gallery, New York, USA

Album de Figuritas, Fortaleza de la Cabaña, VI Bienal of Havana, Havana, Cuba

 

1998: 

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, curated by Jorge Glusberg

EL Tiempo de las Cosas, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico

 

1999: La Soledad del Juego, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Valencia, Spain, curated by José Jiménez

 

2000:

New Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

        -  Special Guest, FIA´00, Caracas, Venezuela

        -  Marlborough Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

 

2001:

Muestra de Obra Gráfica Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Homenaje a Ignacio Iturria, Museo de San Juan, XIII Bienal de San Juan del grabado latinoamericano y del Caribe de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

 

2002: Galerie Trigano, Paris, France

 

2003: La libertad del juego, 40° Aniversario del Instituto Goethe, Montevideo, Uruguay, curated by Alfredo Torres

 

2003-2004: La libertad del juego, traveling show throughout Uruguay

 

2004: Todo tiene cara, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

 

2005: 

Second Beijing International Art Biennale, Pekin, China.

Partículas, solo exhibition curated by Alicia Haber, Museo Zorrilla de San Martín, Montevideo, Uruguay

Everything Has a Face, solo exhibition curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

 

2006: Solo exhibition curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

 

2007: 

Solo exhibition at la Galeria Cadaqués Dos, Gerona, Spain

Instituto Cervantes, Paris, curated by José Jiménez

 

2008: Solo exhibition at Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France

 

2009: Solo exhibition at la Galería Levant, Shanghai, China, organized by Galería Trazos

 

2010: 

 Solo exhibition at Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

 Solo exhibition at la Galería Oriol, Barcelona, Spain

 

2011:

Solo exhibition at la Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú.

Solo exhibition at la Municipalidad de Miraflores, lima, Perú.

 

2014: Arqueologia cotidiana, el Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Arequipa, Perú

 

2015: Pintar es soñar, el MNAV, Montevideo, Uruguay, curated by José Jiménez

 

2016:

Juguetes y Pinturas, Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Escalas alteradas, Galería Enlace, Lima, Perú

Interformas, Galería Lyle O Reitzel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

2017: A studio in the gallery, the playful Universe of Ignacio Iturria, Neuberger Museum, NY, USA

2018: Galeria Espai d’Art, Cadaques

 

2020: El mundo como escenario. Fundación Atchugarry, Manantiales, Uruguay

Selected group exhibitions

1974: Salón Municipal de Montevideo, Uruguay

 

1975: 

Galería Contemporánea, Montevideo, Uruguay

Salón Municipal de Montevideo, Uruguay

 

1976: Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas

 

1983: Bienal de Salto, Uruguay

 

1985: 

Primer Encuentro de Pintores Latinoamericanos, Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Osaka International Fair, Canada (Work on paper)

 

1987:

Participa Bienal de Cuenca de Pintura Latinoamericana de Cuenca, Ecuador

Pintura del Río de la Plata, Galería Praxis, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Galería Sur, (with Luis Solari and Juan Storm), Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

1990: 

Uruguay-United States Cultural Institute, (with Clever Lara and Nelson Ramos), Montevideo, Uruguay

        -  Übersee Museum, Bremen, Germany

        -  Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

1991: 

Contemporary Uruguayan Paintings, Mérida, Cáceres y Burgos, Spain

Tres Artistas Latinoamericanos, Ignacio Iturria, Ricardo Migliorisi and Leoncio Villanueva, Galería Praxis, Lima, Perú

Contemporary Paintings and Drawings from Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, Northampton Center for the Arts, Massachusetts, USA

Chicano & Latino: Parallels and Divergence, Galería Daniel Saxon, Los Angeles USA

Kimberly Gallery, Washington DC, USA
 

1993: LXX-XII Salón de Artes Plásticas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

1994: 

Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

Adquisiciones Recientes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

 

1996: 

Inside the Work of Saint Clair-Cemin, Joel Otterson, Ignacio Iturria and Others, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, USA

América Latina´96, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

1997: 

XII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Puerto Rico 

Permanent Collection of the OAS Museum, Museum of American Art, Long Beach, California, USA

 

1999: Centro Municipal de Exposiciones, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

2000: Como el Uruguay no hay, Museo Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay, 

 

2001:

El Ejercicio de la  memoria, Centro Municipal de Exposiciones, Montevideo, Uruguay

Diálogos, Museo J. Zorrilla de San Martín, Montevideo, Uruguay

El final del Eclipse, Fundación Telefónica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

III Bienal del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brasil

Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

El espejo de los Artistas, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay

Premio Figari 2001, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, 90th Anniversary, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

2001 - 2003: 

El Final del Eclipse- Arte latinoamericano en la transición al siglo XXI, Salas de Exposición de Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain

Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Diputación de Granada

Salas de la Caja General de Granada.

Instituto de América de Santa Fe de Granada, Granada  

Museo extremeño e iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz

Salas de exposiciones de la Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca

Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) de la Ciudad de México, Mexico 

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO) de Monterrey, Mexico

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

2003: 25 Años, Praxis International Art, 25th Anniversary, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

2004: 

Salas de la Fundación Telefónica, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Museo de Arte y Salas de la Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Perú  

Pinacoteca del Estado, São Paulo, Brasil

 

2005: 

Contributed to project, Pertenencias, formas de creer/crear, Jewish and Christian iconography from a personal approach, curated by Alicia Haber, at Galeria Engelman Ost.

13 por 13, thirteen curators and thirteen artists, curated by Manuel Neves in el Centro Cultural de España

 

2006: Group exhibition, Galeria Cadaques Dos, Cadaques ,Gerona.

 

2008: Contributed to exhibition, Las Américas Latinas, curated by Phillipe Daverio at el Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy

 

2009: 

Group exhibition, curated by Miguel Angel Muñoz, Guanajuato, México

Permanent exhibition at “Spai D’Art”, Cadaqués, Spain

 

2010: 

Participating artist, Darte y Deporte, el Ministerio de Educación y Cultura del Uruguay

Group Exhibition, Mercedes, curated by Prof. Alicia Haber

Group Exhibition, Galería Oriol, Barcelona, Spain

 

2019: 

Persistencia de la imagen, Espacio Cultural Plaza de la Fuente, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Encuentro de tres artistas, tres generaciones, tres países, Galería CAF del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, Caracas, Venezuela

Destination Latin America, Louisiana State Museum, USA

Maestro/Alumna, Galería P Art Corner de José Ignacio, Uruguay

Public collections

Iturria’s work can be found in several major collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montevideo, and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

Art fairs

Iturria represented his country at the 1995 Venice Biennale where he received the Casa di Risparmio Award, and then received the Figari Award in 2001.

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