1924, San Sebastian – 2002, San Sebastian
Having trained as a blacksmith in Paris, the Spanish-born sculptor and printmaker began his artistic career by making small, delicate objects. From 1956 onwards his iron sculptures became increasingly abstract and monumental. Like his works in marble and alabaster, as well as his drawings and collages, these sculptures were primarily concerned with space and its mutability by means of uniform, homogeneous materiality. Together with Richard Serra, Chillida is considered one of the most important exponents of abstract metal sculpture.