About Cristobal Gabarron (b. 1945)
A world-renowned artist, Cristobal Gabarron has created large-scale installations and designs that have contributed to redefining the essence of cities and communities.
Born in Mula (Murcia), Spain, Cristobal Gabarron received his early artistic training in Valladolid before pursuing his career in France and Italy. He currently divides his time between Spain and the United States.
Gabarron centers his work on the idea of the life of individuals and the coexistence and development of human values. Throughout his 50-year career, Gabarron has been commissioned by public and private organizations across the world to create noteworthy and unique art pieces for special occasions, for example, the Olympic Mural for the Barcelona Olympic Games (1992), the Encounter Mural for the Universal Exhibition of Seville (1992) or the sculpture Atlanta Start (1996). His collaboration with the United Nations has spanned most of his career, starting in 1986, when he designed the World Peace Stamp to celebrate the UN International Peace Year, and continuing with his artwork for the UN New Millennium Summit (2000) or the Millennium Chapel (2001), and in October 24, 2015, a monument entitled "Enlightened Universe" exhibited in New York's famous Central Park, and unveiled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in celebration of the UN's 70 Anniversary.
Cities around the world have embraced Gabarron’s vision with the displays of his public sculptures. Many prominent European and American cities have exhibited his works in popular streets and plazas. In addition, several towns have incorporated permanent large public outdoor sculptures which were handcrafted by the artist.
Prominent cultural institutions like the IVAM - Valencia Institute of Modern Art- or the Museum of Modern Art in Gdansk, Poland have held retrospective exhibitions of Gabarron’s work. Critics and historians of the stature of Donald Kuspit, curator and professor of New York University, have proceeded to make careful analysis and study of his career, abundantly laid out in published literature.
Most recently, Gabarron has been exhibited extensively in China. Ten exhibitions have been held in 18 months. His monumental public Sculptures have been exhibited from the National China Art Museum in Shanghai to the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou or the Ding Li Art Museum in Fujian Province, to the Today Art Museum in Beijing.
Since 1992, Gabarron has been responsible for the gradual establishment of three foundations, in Valladolid, New York and Murcia, where his principal desire is to give back to society through the implementation of artistic and cultural activities, creating awareness through the arts. (www.gabarron.org)
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