Adiós Martin Chirino: Spain’s renowned sculptor dies aged 94

Adiós Martin Chirino: Spain's renowned sculptor dies aged 94
Photo: Israel L. Murillo / @culturagob
Martin Chirino, considered one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the past decades, died on Monday, aged 94, his foundation said.

A member of the El Paso group, a collective of painters and sculptors created in 1957 that was seen as instrumental in reviving Spanish art after the devastating civil war, Chirino was known for making abstract forms out of iron.

“We regret to tell you that our dear founder, Mr. Martin Chirino, left us today,” the Martin Chirino Foundation said on Twitter.   

“We are left without one of our great geniuses and an extraordinary person.”   

Born in 1925 in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, Chirino's father worked in shipyards, which gave him an early passion for iron crafts and wood carvings.

Artwork from the colletion at the Martin Chirino Foundation in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

A multiple-award winner, his works — often made of coils, spirals or curves — are on display in museums like New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Madrid's Reina Sofia.

Tributes have poured in for the sculptor, including from Spain's Ministry of Culture and the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.


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