Eduardo Chillida was born
on 10 January 1924 in San Sebastian. In 1943 he went to Madrid to study
Architecture, but in 1947 he decided to give up his university studies to go to
the Círculo de Bellas Artes [Fine Arts Circle] to take up drawing.The following year, he went off to Paris
where he took up sculpture and exhibited a work at the Salon de Mayo. In 1951,
after his marriage to Pilar Belzunce the previous year, he set himself up in
Hernani where he discovered iron and produced Ilarik, his first work in this material. Three years later he had
his first solo exhibition in Madrid at the Galería Clan and started doing
public art works when he fitted the doors to the Basilica of Aranzazu. In 1958
he received the International Award for Sculpture at the 29th Venice
Biennale, a door for receiving many other awards throughout his life, from the
Biennale prize to the Kandinsky prize in 1960, from the Wilhelm Lehmbruck in
1966 to the German Kaissering in 1985, from the Prince of Asturias in 1987 to
the Imperial Award of Japan in 1991. His work is present in over 20 museums
worldwide and exhibitions have been held in different cities like Berlin,
London or New York.
The year 2000 saw the
official opening of the Chillida-Leku Museum, where most of his work is located
today in an ongoing dialogue with nature.
Eduardo Chillida died on 19
August 2002 in San Sebastian before seeing the completion of his great dream,
the Tindaya project, a public work right in the heart of the mountain.
Recent exhibitions in the gallery