Pablo Atchugarry (Uruguayan, b.1954) is a sculptor with roots in drawing and painting. His father, Pedro, was a student of the founder of Constructive Universalism, Joaquín Torres García (Uruguayan, 1874–1949), which influenced Atchugarry as a young artist. He primarily worked in cement, iron, and wood, and his first exhibition was in the Civic Room in Montevideo in 1972, followed by his first international exhibition, in Buenos Aires in 1974. In the late 1970s, he travelled to France, Spain, and Italy, where he embraced sculpture further. In 1979, he visited Carrara, Italy, famous for their marble, and created his first marble sculpture, La Lumière (c.1979). While in Italy, he had his first solo exhibition in Lecco. In 1982, he moved to Lecco and received a commission to carve a Pietá, now owned by Lecco’s Basilica of San Nicoló. His achievements as an artist were truly recognized when the Pablo Atchugarry Museum was opened in 1999. Since then, his work and career has grown monumentally: Atchugarry sculptures are in private collections and museums around the world. Today, marble continues to be his main medium, and he does not employ studio assistants for his sculptures; all of his works are executed by his own hand, reflecting the influence of Torres García’s Constructivism, paired with Figurative Expressionism. Atchugarry’s recent achievement is creating the Pablo Atchugarry Workshop and Foundation in Uruguay, whose mission is to introduce a Fine Art education to children and young adults through public programs. He currently works in Lecco, Italy, and Manantiales, Uruguay.

Timeline

1954
Born: Montevideo, Uruguay
1972
First personal exhibition held in the Civic Room in Montevideo
1979
Began working with marble and sculpted his first piece in Carrara, La Lumière
1982
Moved to Lecco when he received the commission for his first large sculpture, a Pietà, which is now the property of the city’s Basilica of San Nicolò
2002
Received the Michelangelo Award in Carrara
2003
Represented Uruguay in the 50th International Exhibition of the Visual Arts at the Venice Biennale

Exhibitions

2010
Albemarle Gallery, London (solo)
2008
Albemarle Gallery, London, U.K.
Hotel Estela, Barcelona, Spain
The Art Hotel, Sitges, Spain
World Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2007
Inauguration of the Pablo Atchugarry Workshop and Foundation in Uruguay
2006
A journey between matter and light, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium (solo)
2005
Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami, USA (solo)
Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
2004
Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
2003
Lercaro Museum in Bologna (work added to the permanent collection)
2003
50th International Exhibition of the Visual Arts at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2002
His sculpture 'Ideali' was given to Prince Rainier of Monaco and is situated in the Avenue Princesse Grace of Monte-Carlo
2001
Pablo Atchugarry: A Retrospective, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan, Italy
2001
His sculpture 'The Obelisk of the Third Millennium' was inaugurated in 2001 to mark the dawn of the XXI century, Manzano, Udine
1999
The Pablo Atchugarry Museum was inaugurated in Lecco
1996
His work 'Semilla de la esperanza (Seed of Hope)' was installed in the sculpture garden of the Uruguayan Government Building.
1992
Galerie Langenberg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1988
Galleria Carini, Milano, Italy
1981
Galerie L' Art et la Paix, Paris, France
1972
Civic Room in Montevideo (solo)

Literature

2013
Essay by Eric Bryant, 96 pages, Color reproductions, Artist: Pablo Atchugarry, Published by Hollis Taggart Galleries
2006
Fragmentos de una vida. Montevideo, 2006 (catalogue)
2005
Pablo Atchugarry en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes . Buenos Aires : Museon Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2005 (catalogue)
2004
Sogni e Segni e carta. Varenna : Villa Monastero, 2004 (catalogue)
2003
Pablo Atchugarry. Miami : Gary Nadar, 2003 (catalogue)
Corgnati, M. Atchugarry. Belgium : Kruishoutem, 2003 (catalogue)
Caramel, L. Sonando la Paz. Venice :50 Esposizione Internazionale d'Art Biennale di Venezia, 2003
2001
Obelisco del Terzo Millennio. Udine : Paolo Frasson Manzano, 2001(catalogue)
Pablo Atchugarry: Le Infiniti Evoluzioni del Marmo. Milano : N. Colombo Palazzo Isimbardi, 2001
1999
Caprile, L. Alla Ricerca del Sublime. Italia : Lecco, 1999 (catalogue)