Pablo Atchugarry

(Montevideo, August 23, 1954)

Uruguayan sculptor based in Lecco (Italy) for over 40 years.

Pablo felt from a very young age the desire to dedicate himself to art and with the support of his father, he began with painting as a means of expression and then ventured into sculpture with materials such as cement, iron and wood. However, in 1979 he created his first sculpture using Carrara marble, and since then he has used this precious marble as a working material, although not exclusively, as he also works with other types of marble such as pink marble from Portugal.

Pablo Atchugarry is a friend of the Hotel Estela and has several sculptures on display at the hotel, some of them large. The most representative of this friendship is the Star Couple. It is a large sculpture in pink Portuguese marble located at the entrance of the hotel.

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In 2002 Carrara awarded him the Michelangelo Prize in recognition of his artistic career.

In 2007, he created the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation in Manantiales (Uruguay) with the aim of creating a meeting point between art and the public. The International Park of Monumental Sculptures is located in the foundation’s estate.

In 2022, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry MACA was inaugurated in the same hacienda. The MACA’s agenda includes temporary exhibitions, in addition to housing the permanent collection of Pablo Atchugarry, which contains more than 100 works of art by artists such as Julio Le Parc, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Joaquín Torres García, Ernesto Neto and Carmelo Arden Quin, among others.

He has participated in more than eighty collective and individual exhibitions in several countries. In 2003 he represented Uruguay at the Venice Biennial.

His monumental works decorate squares, parks, gardens and traffic circles in various cities such as Lecco and Manzano in Italy, Montevideo, Montecarlo, Barcelona, Punta del Este or Petak Tikva in Israel.