Néstor Basterretxea

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    • Male

    About the artist

    1924: Was born in Vizcaya, Spain

    Spanish sculptor and painter. In 1936 he went into exile with his family to France. With the outbreak of World War II, after a long journey, Basterrechea family arrived in Buenos Aires, where he settled as many Spanish refugees. In 1952, at 28, he returned to Spain on their honeymoon and won the competition for the construction of the murals in the crypt of the Basilica of Arántzazu in Oñate. There were more than 500 square meters of work over 18 murals. There he came into contact with the sculptor Jorge Oteiza. After a year of work, when he had made eleven murals, the Franciscan basilica in one night erased her work, which is inappropriate.

    In the late fifties was part of the most important avant-garde groups of Spanish creative field: Team 57 and the Gaur group with Oteiza, Chillida, Mendiburu, Ruiz Balerdi, Amable Arias or Sistiaga, among others. From 1963, and for ten years, he developed his work in the field of industrial design, especially in hotel decoration and furniture design. He also practiced experimental photography and gave a presentation in Bilbao in 1969.

    In the seventies there was in him an awareness of the Basque problem and began to express the idea Basque using old oak beams for his sculptures. In 1982, his sculpture, depicting a tree of seven branches, was the winner in the design competition, organized by the Basque Parliament, to preside over the House. In September 1987 he made his first solo exhibition in Madrid in the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art. The anthology, which consisted of 140 pieces, including sculptures, paintings, drawings and collages, collecting different periods of its activity.