Pablo Atchugarry

Uruguay, b.1954

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, exhibiting