Pablo Atchugarry

Biography

Uruguay, b.1954

Lives in Uruguay

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 70s, 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 paintings were subsequently exhibited in several cities, such as Milan, Copenhagen, Paris, Coira, Bergamo and Stockholm.

In 1979, after experimenting with different mediums, he discovered marble as an extraordinary and fascinating material, and created his first sculpture called “La Lumière", in Carrara. In 1982, Atchugarry continued to work in marble in Carrara and decided to settle in Lecco, Italy, as a result of his sculpture "La Pieta," executed in a block of 12 tonnes in Carrara statue 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.

By 1989, he also made monumental pieces that 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 entire career and housing all of the artist's bibliographic documentation and archives.

In 2001, the Province of Milan organised a retrospective exhibition of his work "Las infinitas evoluciones del mármol" [The infinite evolutions of marble], in the Isimbardi Palace in Milan. That same year, he sculpted the monument titled the "Obelisco del tercer milenio" [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 monument "Civilización y cultura del trabajo de Lecco" [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 "Ideales" [Ideals] sculpture, which stands on Princess Grace Avenue in Monaco, created for the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Prince Rainier of Monte Carlo.

In 2003 he participated in the 50th Venice Biennial with the work "Soñando la paz" [Dreaming Peace], a sculptural work consisting of eight pieces, five of them in Carrara statue 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 National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires organised an exhibition of his work.

In June 2006, the Groningen Museum and Concert Hall of Bruges, Belgium, arranged a major retrospective. Between 2007 and 2008, a retrospective and travelling exhibition of his work was organised in Brazil. The exhibition, titled "El espacio plástico de la luz" [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 San Pablo 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 and new exhibition and didactic spaces for the dissemination and teaching of art, which is visited by thousands of students every year. In 2011, the Groningen Bruges Museum purchased the 3-metre-high work executed in the course of 1999 in Carrara statue marble.

At the end of 2013 Electa Mondadori finished editing the General Catalogue of sculpture, including all of Atchugarry’s artistic processes from 1971 and 2013, curated by the professor Carlo Pirovano.

His work is exhibited at the following museums and public institutions: the National Museum of Visual Arts of Montevideo, Parco Museum of Parco de Portofino, Lercaro Museum of Bologna, Collection of the Province of Milan, Palazzo Isimbardi, Collection of the Province of Lecco, Franc Daurel Foundation in Barcelona Groningen Museum in Bruges, Berardo Collection in Portugal, Perez Art Museum in Miami, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk.

Atchugarry's works are auctioned in Christies 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, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, Princedom of Monaco, etc.

He is currently living and working in the city of Lecco, Italy, and in Manantiales, Uruguay.

Selected solo exhibitions

2019 Palazzo Ducale, Genova
Chiesa di S. Agostino e P.zza Duomo, Pietrasanta
Contini Art Gallery, Venezia
2018 Opera Gallery, Singapore
Boon Gallery, Knokke-Zoute
Opera Gallery, Paris
2017 Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, Manantiales
Palazzo del Parco, Diano Marina
2016 Albemarle Gallery, London
Boon Gallery, Knokke - Heist
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
2015 Mercati di Traiano: Musei dei Fori Imperiali, Roma
Expo 2015, Uruguayan Pavillion, Milano
Paulo Darzé galeria de arte, Salvador
Costantini Art Gallery, Milano
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
2014 Palazzo del Parco, Diano Marina
Bologna Fiere SH Contemporary, Shanghai
Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo
Arte fiera, Bologna
Albemarle Gallery, London
2013 Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, Manantiales
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
Museo MIIT, Torino
2012 Albemarle Gallery London
2011 Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
2010 Callan Contemporary, New Orleans
Albemarle Gallery London
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 Milano
Albemarle Gallery London
Fondazione Il Fiore Firenze
2000 Galerie Le Point Monte Carlo
1999 Inter-American Development Bank Washington
1998 Ellequadro Documenti Genova
Fondation Veranneman Kruishoutem
1997 Centro Fatebenefratelli Valmadrera
1996 Valente Arte Contemporanea Finale Ligure
1994 Galleria Nuova Carini Milano
1992 Galerie L'Oeil Bruxelles
1991 Galleria Carini Milano
1989 Biblioteca Civica di Lecco Lecco
1988 Galleria Carini Milano
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
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 Subte Municipal Montevideo

Selected group exhibitions

2016 Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Seattle Art Fail, Seattle
Point Art Monaco, Monaco
Art Cologne, Köln
Sp-Arte, São Paulo
Tefaf, Maastricht
The Armory Show, New York
Arte Fiera, Bologna
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
Este Arte, Punta del Este
2015 Art Basel, Miami
Art Miami, Miami
Fiac, Paris
Art Toronto, Toronto
Art Bo, Bogotà

Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Art Internationa, Istanbul
Point Art Monaco, Monaco
Art Marbella, Marbella
Art Miami, New York
Sp-Arte, São Paulo
Parc, Lima
Art Cologne, Köln
Mi Art, Milano
Art Basel, Hong Kong
The Armory Show, New York
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2014 Art Basel, Miami
Art Miami, Miami
Fiac, Paris
Art Bo, Bogota
Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Arte Ba, Buenos Aires
Parc, Lima
SP Arte, Sao Paulo
Art Basel, Hong Kong
Black - Galleria Dep Art, Milano
Mi Art, Milano
The Armory Show, New York
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2013 Art Basel, Miami
Art Miami, Miami
Pinta, New York
Fiac, Paris
Expo Chicago, Chicago
Art Bo, Bogota
HFAF, Houston
Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro
FIA, Caracas
Art South Hampton, South Hampton
Art Brussels, Brussels
Arte Ba, Buenos Aires
SP Arte, Sao Paulo
The Armory Show, New York
Bianco Italia - Tornabuoni Art, Paris
Art Basel, Hong Kong
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2012 Art Basel, Miami
Art Miami, Miami
Expo Chicago, Chicago
HFAF, Houston
Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro
SP Arte, Sao Paulo
Arte Ba, Buenos Aires

The Armory Show, New York
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2011 Art Basel, Miami
Fiac, Paris
Arte Ba, Buenos Aires
SP Arte, Sao Paulo
Legacy Gallery, Panama
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2010 Fiac, Paris
SP Arte, Sao Paulo
Tefaf, Maastricht
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2009 Arte Ba, Buenos Aires
ArteFiera, Bologna
2008 Arco, Madrid
2007 Art First, Bologna
Arco, Madrid
Galeria Sur, Punta del Este
2006 Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
Arte Fiera, Bologna
Art London, London
Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans
2005 Arte Fiera, Bologna
Art Basel, Miami
2004 Art London, London
Miart, Milano
Arco, Madrid
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2003 Arco, Madrid
Arte Fiera, Bologna
2002 Galerie Le Point Monte Carlo
Tefaf Maastricht
Arco Madrid
Artefiera Bologna
2001 Tefaf Maastricht
Arco Madrid
Artefiera Bologna
2000 Xenobio Exhibition - a cura di Idehiro Ikegami Bologna
Tefaf Maastricht
Arco Madrid
Artefiera Bologna
1999 Orion Art Gallery Bruxelles
Art Basel Basel
Tefaf Maastricht
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 Genova
1995 Ellequadro Documenti Genova
1994 Venice Design Art Gallery Venezia
4a Biennal de Sculpture Contemporain Passy
1992 Palazzo Crepadona Belluno
9° Salon d'Art Contemporain Bourg en Bresse
1991 Contemporary Art International Milano
1990 Simposio di sculture - Castello di Nelson Bronte
1989 IX Bienal de Arte Internacional - Chile Valparaiso
1988 Ternate Sculture Ternate
1987 Esibizione Internazionale di sculture Castellanza
Esibizione di Arte Sacra - San Francesco Como
Esibizione Internazionale "Como Illustrazioni" Como
7a Esibizione d'Arte Sacra - Basilica San Sempliciano Milano
1984 XIX Esibizione Internazionale di Scultura Legnano
1a Esibizione di piccole sculture Castellanza
1983 3a Esibizione d'Arte Sacra - Basilica San Sempliciano Milano
1980 Taormina concorso (Primo Premio) Taormina
VII original Drawing Biennal Rijeca
1979 "Alessandro Volta" Pittura internazionale Como
1977 XL Salón Nacional - Premio Adquisicion Montevideo
1976 Galeria Aramayo Montevideo
Salón de Miniescultura Montevideo
1975 XVI International Salón Paris-Sud Juvisy
1974 XXII Salón Municipal Montevideo
1973 XXVI Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas Montevideo
1972 XXVI Salón Municipal de Artes Plásticas Montevideo

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