"The desire to experiment, to know, often forces me to lead my work along an interrupted itinerary, since experimentation interests me more than experience. I also prefer knowing to knowledge." - Eduardo Chillida
Born January 10, 1924 in Donostia (San Sebastian) in the Gipuzkoa Providence of the Basque Country, he studied architecture in Madrid for four years, but never completed his training. In 1947, Chillida enrolled in a private school in Madrid to study drawing and experiment with sculpting. Although he sojourned to France, where he began his lifelong friendship with artist Pablo Palazuelo, he returned to his native home of Donostia to live and work. Chillida experimented with various forms of clay and plaster, and exhibited his first two sculptural works at the Salon de Mai in Paris, 1950. A series of large commission pieces earned him recognition worldwide. By 1960, his work was included in the exhibition "New Spanish Painting and Sculpture" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His wood, iron, granite, gypsum and alabaster works are recognized by critics for the innovative use of positive and negative space. Chillida passed away on August 19, 2002.