Eduardo Chillida

Spanish, 1924 - 2002

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Eduardo Chillida


Euzkadi V, Original Etching, 1974. 63 x 47.6 in., Signed and Numbered 47 x 50

Gaston Bachelard nicknamed Eduardo Chillida “the blacksmith” because of his taste for monumental metal sculptures. Chillida also worked with other materials: wood, iron, granite, and more contemporary materials like concrete and steel.

His works on paper are an important part of his creation. In ink, in pencil, or using the engraving technique that he mastered perfectly, these works follow the same principles as his sculptures. 

To create different levels in his works, Chillida created collages of cut-out newspapers, packaging paper, etc. 

Chillida was born January 10, 1924 in Saint Sébastien (Spain). He died August 19, 2002.

His first exposition took place in Paris in 1950. The same year, he married Pilar Belzunce.

Throughout his life, he received nearly every existing award: from the Venice Biennial of Kandinsky to the Wilhem Lehmbruck at the Principe de Asturias, from the german Kaiserring to the Imperial Prize of Japan.

His work is presented in more than twenty museums worldwide and retrospective expositions were created in Houston and Berlin, Madrid and Caracas, London and Palermo. His sculptures are found by the sea, like in Saint Sébastien, or in the mountains, like in Japan, and in cities such as Washington, Paris, Lund, Munster, Madrid, Palma De Mallorca, Guernica and Berlin. Numerous architects, mathematiciens, philosophers, such as Martin Heidegger and Emile Cioran, and poets, such as Octavio Paz, have written about his work.