Biography

Ignacio Iturria

Born in Montevideo in 1949, the son of a Basque immigrant, he took Drawing for Advertising courses and soon began to paint, obtaining several awards in his country. Right after his marriage in 1977, he and his wife moved to Spain. They settled in Cadaqués, a small iconic artists' town on the Mediterranean coast, not too far from Barcelona where he worked with Ramon Aguilar Moré. There he aspired to "appease his expression, to clarify his palette, to transform the line drawing paint ..." as he confessed.

In 1984 he returned to Uruguay and held very succesful exhibitions in Punta del Este and later in Buenos Aires and in the next two years in several Latin American cities.

In 1988 he is one of 15 artists selected by the Fund for Artists Colonies of New York, to participate of a Residence in an Artists' Colony. This gave him the opportunity of spending three months in the U.S. living with artists from different countries. Since then, he starts planning his dream projects: an Artists' Colony in Uruguay.

In 1994 he wins the Grand Prize of the IV International Painting Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador.

In 1995 wins the special award "Casa di Risparmio" in the Venice Biennale.

In 2002, still motivated by the experience in the Artists' Colony, Iturria decides to open a School of Arts: "Casablanca, art in action". With the important collaboration of his brother in law, Nestor Pinon --who runs the school--, and his son Nacho in the field of music, they begin a adventure that continues to grow to this day. The idea here is to interrelate the various artistic disciplines: painting, music, dance, theater, literature, photography, audiovisual, a sort of a cross-pollination of the arts.

In 2004, he was invited to Guatemala to partake as a juror in the XIV Bienal de Arte Paiz of that country. He decides to stay for a long season working in the Salvadoran jungle, where he creates a small community of artists: the group "Coatepeque".

In April 2006 he settled back in Cadaqués, Spain. He spends three years there, painting in a huge workshop where he receives continuous visits from students and friends who stay and paint with him, under his mentorship.

In 2011 he creates the "Ignacio Iturria Foundation", its primary objective being the promotion of emerging artists' career development, making his Artists' Colony dream come true in Rosario, Colonia, Uruguay.

 

MUESTRAS INDIVIDUALES

1977 y 1985
1981 y 1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1991
1989
1990
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2003 y 2004
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS MÁS IMPORTANTES

1974
1975
1976
1983
1985
1987
1990
1991
1993
1994
1996
1997
1999
2000
2001
2001 al 2003
2003
2004
2005
2006
2008
2009
2010

PARTICIPA ANUALMENTE EN LAS SIGUIENTES FERIAS DE ARTE:

Art Miami; FIA (Caracas), ARTFI (Bogotá); Art Chicago; ARCO (Madrid); FIAC (París); ArteBA (Buenos Aires), Shanghai Art Fair, Pabellón Latinoamericano (China); Art Cologne, Alemania; MIA- Artfair, Miami Beach, USA, Pinta (Londres)

CONFERENCIAS Y TALLERES

New York, USA, noviembre 2000.
"Hacia un mundo nuevo, todavía",
Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Sede Pirineos, España 20 de setiembre de 2001.
Gira por los 19 departamentos del Interior del Urugay, 2003
Talleres de artistas, El Salvador, noviembre-diciembre 2003
Sala Cultural de Antel , Rivera, Uruguay, Junio 2004.
Sala Banco Hipotecario, Bella Unión, Artigas, Uruguay, Junio 2004.
Talleres Johny Walker, Casablanca, Montevideo, Uruguay. Ciclo de 6 talleres, Junio - Agosto 2005

COLECCIONES

Museo José Luis Cuevas, México.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Montevideo (MAC).
Museo de la OEA
Museo Rufino Tamayo, México.
Museo Arte Latinoamericano Fundación Robert Gumbiner, Long Beach, USA.
Colecciones particulares

PREMIOS

Salón Municipal de Montevideo,1975.
Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas,1976.
"Fund for Artists Colonies", Estados Unidos,1989.
Asociación y Críticos de Arte del Uruguay, 1989.
Premio al Artista Extranjero en el LXX-XII Salón de Artes Plásticas, Argentina, 1993.
Placa de reconocimiento por su labor artística en el Salón de Conferencias dela Casade Gobierno, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gran Premio dela Bienalde Cuenca, Ecuador, 1994.
Premio Especial "Casa di Risparmio" Bienal de Venecia, Italia, 1995.
Gran Premio dela XII Bienalde San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Puerto Rico.
"Premio Figari" Montevideo, Uruguay, 2001.
Grabados XI Edición ESTAMPA Salón internacional del grabado y edición de arte contemporáneo, Madrid, España, noviembre 2003