Pablo Atchugarry Uruguayan, b. 1954


Pablo Atchugarry was born in Montevideo to two passionate art enthusiasts; his father Pedro trained under famed Uruguayan Constructivist Joaquin Torres-Garcia before encouraging his son to develop his talent for painting. In 1972, at the age of eighteen, Pablo Atchugarry held his first solo exhibition at the Civic Room in Montevideo; that same year, he conducted his first experiment in sculpture, rendering a horse cast in concrete. In the following years, he would briefly study architecture, exhibit in Brazil and Argentina, and eventually depart South America in 1977 for Europe.


Abroad, Atchugarry experienced success showing his paintings in Copenhagen, Spain, France, Italy, and Milan. After a landmark 1978 show in Lecco, Italy, Atchugarry turned his efforts toward sculpture in 1979. He completed his first monumental sculpture in Carrara marble in 1982, and later that year moved permanently to Lecco. He held his first solo exhibition in 1987 at Bramantino’s Crypt in Milan. Beginning in the late ‘80s and throughout the ‘90s, Atchugarry completed numerous projects for monumental works, including La Pieta—carved from a single twelve-ton block of marble—and Semilla de la Eseperanza, which was installed in the sculpture park on the grounds of Uruguay’s government building.


The Museo Pablo Atchugarry, founded by the artist in Lecco in 1999, houses a body of work spanning Atchugarry’s entire career. He carefully scrutinizes and selects each block of marble with which he chooses to work, and currently sculpts in white Carrara marble from Tuscany, gray stone from Bardiglio, black Belgian marble, and pink marble from Portugal, in addition to bronze, ceramic, and wood. In 2012, the Times Square Alliance selected his Dreaming New York to be exhibited in Times Square for the duration of the Armory Show.

Museums and Public Collections

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo

Museo del Parco, Portofino

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

Museo Lercaro, Bologna

Collezione della Provincia di Milano a Palazzo Isimbardi

Collezione della Provincia di Lecco

Fundació Fran Daurel, Barcelona

Groeningemusum, Bruges

Buseu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon

Pérez Art Museum, Miami

The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, Miami

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk

Museu Brasiliero da Escultura, São Paulo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011     Holllis Taggart Galeries, New York

2010     Albemarle Gallery, London; Bienvenu Gallery, New Orleans

2008     Albemarle Gallery, London; Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo

2007     Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba; Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia; Lagorio Arte Contemporanea, Brescia; Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco

2006     Albemarle Gallery, London; Groeninge Museum, Bruges; Galeria Sur, Punta del Este - La Barra; Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami

2005     Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul; Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami

2004     Galeria Tejeria Loppacher, Punta del Este - Uruguay; Galleria Rino Costa, Valenza; Villa Monastero, Varenna; Albemarle Gallery, London

2003     Fondation Veranneman, Kruishoutem; 50° Biennale di Venezia- Padiglione dell' Uruguay, Venezia; Fondazione Abbazia di Rosazzo, Rosazzo -Udine; Galleria Les Chances de l'Art, Bolzano

2002     Ellequadro Documenti, Genova

2001     Palazzo Isimbardi, Milano; Albemarle Gallery, London; Fondazione Il Fiore, Firenze

2000     Galerie Le Point , Monte Carlo

1999     Inter- American Development Bank, Washington

1998     Ellequadro Documenti, Genova; Fondation Veranneman, Kruishoutem

1996     Valente Arte Contemporanea, Finale Ligure

1997     Centro Fatebenefratelli, Valmadrera

1994     Galleria Nuova Carini, Milano

1992     Galerie L'Oeil, Bruxelles

1991     Galleria Carini, Milano

1989     Biblioteca Civica di Lecco, Lecco

1988     Galleria Carini, Milano; Museo Salvini, Coquio trevisago

1983     Villa Manzoni, Lecco

1982     Galeria Felix, Caracas; Galleria Visconti, Lecco; Galleria Comuale, Monza

1981     Ibis Gallery, Malmo; Galerie L' Art et la Paix, Paris; Galeria la Gruta, Bogota

1979     Maison de l' Amerique Latine, Paris

1978     Galleria Visconti, Lecco; Galleria La Colonna, Como

1974     Galeria Lirolay, Buenos Aires

1972     Subte Municipal, Montevideo

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