CRISTOBAL GABARRON, 1945. Mula, Murcia (Spain)
With over 50 years of artistic expression, Gabarron now resides in both Spain and in the United States. Far from the aesthetic conventionalisms, of isthmuses or vanguards, Gabarrón’s work only understands life. The individual human life, and the coexistence and the development of human values, are the pillars on which his art and his personal convictions rest.
Gabarron has many milestones in his career which have made an impact on a global scale.
The Olympic Mural for the Barcelona Olympic Games (1992), the Encounter Mural for the Universal Exhibition of Seville (1992), the sculptural project “Atlanta Start” (1996), the materialization of the work “Hope for Peace” (1986), the Official Poster for the Millennium Summit and the Millennium Chapel (2000-2001) are important examples of such milestones in his career. His collaboration with international organizations, such as the IOC and United Nations demonstrate his fruitful creative period, which still remains today, as evidenced by the Official Poster and the commemorative art installation Enlightened Universe, created both by Gabarron to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. It was unveiled by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in Central Park, New York, on the date of the anniversary, October 24, 2015.
Cities around the world have embraced Gabarron’s vision with the displays of his public sculptures. Many prominent American, Asian and European 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.
His paintings and sculptures have been equally centers of analysis within retrospective shows as presented by the Chelsea Art Museum, the IVAM – Valencia Institute of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art of Gdanks in Poland or the Niemeyer Center, to survey his work. In all of them, critics and historians of the stature of Donald Kuspit, curator and professor of New York University, have proceeded to make careful study of his career, abundantly laid out in published literature in recent years.
During the first half of 2015, the China Art Museum of Shanghai dedicated to the artist his first solo exhibition in China. Gabarron is exhibiting concurrently at the Today Art Museum of Beijing and the Guangdong Museum of Art of Guangzhou.
1964. Galería Castilla, Valladolid
1970. École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
1972. Galería Macarrón, Madrid
1974. Galleria Fiamma Vigo, Roma
1974. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
1980. Galeria Rayuela, Madrid
1985. Space and Cube, London
1986. United Nations, New York
1990. Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg
1991. Galerie Bodenschatz, Basel
1991. Tecla Sala Art Center L’Hospitalet, Barcelona
1992. American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) – Daphne, Alabama
1992. Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid
1999. Musee Olympique, Lausanne
2003. Guggenheim, Bilbao
2005. Museo del Barrio, New York
2006. Chelsea Art Museum, New York
2006. IVAM – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia
2006. Hugieia Art Gallery, Belgium
2006. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
2006. Guy Pieters Gallery, Saint Paul de Vence
2006. Palacio Almudí, Murcia
2007. National Museum of Modern Art of Gdansk, Poland
2009. Mal Maison, Cannes
2011. Niemeyer Center, Aviles
2012. Bokrijk Open Art Museum, Genk
2012. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC
2013. ARTZUID, Amsterdam
2014. 3rd Shanghai Jing’an International Sculpture Project (JISP), presented by Purple Roof Gallery
2014. Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong
2015. China Art Museum of Shanghai
2015. 1st Art Festival Theme park West China Film Studio. YinChuan.
2015. Today Art Museum, Beijing
2015. Guandong Art Museum, Guangzhou.
2015. Central Park, New York
2015. Dingli Art Museum, Fujian
2016. MOCA, Chengdu
2016. Global Garden Lifestyles Festival, Guangzhou.
2016. Art Beijing
2016. Centre d’art La Malmaison, Espace Miramar, Villa Domergue, La Croisette…., Cannes