Artist biography

Eduardo Chillida born 1924

Spanish abstract sculptor and printmaker. Born in San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque country. Studied architecture at Madrid University 1943-7, but afterwards gave up architecture and began to draw and make sculpture. Lived in Paris 1948-50 and at Villaines-sous-Bois (Seine-et-Oise) 1950-5, then moved back to Spain, to Hernani, where he started in 1955 to forge iron and made his first abstract sculptures. First one-man exhibition at the Galeria Clan, Madrid, 1954. Settled in 1959 at San Sebastian. Also began to make sculpture in wood in 1959 and in alabaster 1965. Awarded the City of Venice prize for sculpture at the 1958 Venice Biennale, the Prix Kandinsky 1960 and one of two equal prizes for sculpture (with Arp) at the 1964 Pittsburgh International. Has had a distinguished oeuvre of etchings, lithographs and woodcuts since 1959, including illustrations for Jorge Guillen's Mas Alla (1973) and various other books. Lives in San Sebastian.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.119