Artist: Martín Chirino
Martín Chirino (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March 1, 1925) is a Spanish sculptor. Co-founder of the El Paso group in 1957, Chirino mainly uses iron and his work is framed within abstract art. His sculptures include both the lack of narrative components and the formal and symbolic richness. In 1961 he contracted a serious illness and was admitted to the SEAR Sanatorium in Valdelatas (Madrid). The following year he held his first solo exhibition at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery (New York). It presents fourteen pieces, made between 1959 and 1962, including the four presented at the MOMA. The new figurative pieces are, among others: "Margarita" -that year Chirino married Margarita Argenta-, "Santa Teresa", "Guerrero", "The myth of Orfeo" and "Inquisidor". The following year he held an exhibition at the Ateneo de Madrid, marked by the series "Vientos" and "Raíces", in addition to other works such as "El Grito", "Cabeza reclinada" or "El Inquisidor". From that year are some works that are now unaccounted for, such as "Cabezón de la Sal" or "Dado Eterno". His daughter Marta was born the same year. In 1964 he made a two-month trip to Greece, which would influence his series "Mediterránea". In 1966 he attended the opening of the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca, which he acquired for his collection "Raíz" (1958) and "El Viento" (1966).