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Martín Chirino

  • Martín Chirino © Carlos Barajas / EL MUNDO

    Martín Chirino © Carlos Barajas / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 1, 1925

Date of death

Mar 11, 2019

"Sculptor. He is one of the founding members of the El Paso group. In 1980, he received the National Plastic Arts Award."

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1925. In 1952, he completed his studies at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid. After travelling through several European countries including Italy and Great Britain, he helped establish the El Paso group with other artists of the period such as Antonio Saura. In 1960 his "spirals" were exhibited at the MOMA in New York. He also played an important role in cultural management, participating in the founding of the Plastic Arts Management Board. "Lady Harimanguada", his sculpture located on the seafront promenade of his hometown, has become the symbol of the city. His work can be found in some of the most important museums around the world. In 2014 he became an honorary member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He died in Madrid in 2019.



National Plastic Arts Award (1980)
Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1985)
Canary Islands National Plastic Arts Award (1986)
Madrid Region Award for Plastic Arts (2003)
Tomás Francisco Prieto Award (2005)
Fundación Gabarrón Plastic Arts Award (2008)

Essential works

  • La Luz castle – Fundación de Arte y Pensamiento Martín Chirino

    La Luz castle – Fundación de Arte y Pensamiento Martín Chirino

    This is the location of the foundation dedicated to the Canary Islands sculptor Martín Chirino, and contains 25 of his works.

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Other highlighted works

  • Lady Harimanguada
  • Mediterránea

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