Eduardo Chillida was born in 1924 in Spain. He studied architecture at the University of Madrid, and even if he then abandoned his studies in 1948 to move to Paris, his artworks are characterized by a sense of structural organization, discipline, planning of spatial relationships, and scaling of elements. He used materials that allowed him to investigate his conceptual questions, oscillating between the human and the natural world.
"To look is one thing, to see is another thing; to see is very difficult, normally; to look is to try to see. I have looked and I hope I have seen."
A winner of the Grand International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1958, major retrospectives of Chillida’s graphic and sculptural work have been mounted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1966); Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh (1979); National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. (1979); Guggenheim Museum (1980); Palacio de Miramar, San Sebastián (1992); and Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1999).