biography

Cristóbal Gabarrón (1945. Mula, Spain)

An internationally-recognized artist known for his production of public art, as much in paint as in sculpture or monumental montage. His installations in parks, streets, and squares have contributed to redefining the essence of cities and communities all over the world.

Born on April 25, 1945 in the town of Mula, (Murcia) Spain, Gabarron’s first educational experience in art was in Valladolid. Following that period of study, he continued his career in France, Italy and the United States. Gabarron’s work is focused on his interest in humanism, people who live in harmony with their natural surroundings, their peaceful coexistence, and the development of human values.

During his career, which accounts for over 50 years of experience, Gabarrón has collaborated with public and private organizations from around the world to create noteworthy works of art for special occasions, for example, the mural for the Barcelona Olympics (1992) and the set of murals for the Universal Exposition of Seville (1992), or the group of sculptures for Atlanta Star (1996). His collaboration with the United Nations has been a constant in his career ever since 1986, when he designed the commemorative stamp for the International Year of Peace based on his work, Our Hope for Peace.

This work was followed by Dawn in the new Millennium, which commemorated the UN Millennium Summit (2000), the Milennium Chapel (2001) and most recently Enlightened Universe, which was inaugurated by the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on October 24, 2015 in New York City’s Central Park to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Gabarron’s collaboration with international organizations, such as the International Olympic Committee or the United Nations, have given rise to a very productive period that endures to this day through the Enlightened Universe exhibition in Rond-point Schuman, Brussels, which is meant to celebrate United Nations Day and the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Cities around the world have embraced Gabarrón’s vision by exhibiting his monumental sculptures. Prominent museums and European, American, and Asian institutions have exhibited Gabarrón’s works in iconic streets and squares. Additionally, several cities have publicly and permanently incorporated his large outdoor sculptures as part of their cultural heitage. His work has been the subject of analysis in retrospectives, such as those held by the Chelsea Art Museum, IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), the Gdansk Muesum of Modern Art in Poland, or the National Museum of Art of China in Shanghai. In all, critics and historians with the authority of Donald Kuspit, curator and professor at New York University (NYU), or Kosme de Barañano, curator and professor at Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, have carried out careful analysis and studies of Gabarrón’s professional career, which are included in the abundant literature published during the last several years.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Cristóbal Gabarrón

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Galería Castilla, Valladolid, Spain.
École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
Galería Macarrón, Madrid, Spain.
Galleria Fiamma Vigo, Rome, Italy.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Galeria Rayuela, Madrid, Spain.
Space and Cube, London, UK.
United Nations, New York, USA.
Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, France.
Galerie Bodenschatz, Basel, Switzerland.
Tecla Sala Art Center L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain.
American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) – Daphne, Alabama, USA.
Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid, Spain.
Musee Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain.
Museo del Barrio, New York, USA.
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.
IVAM – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain.
Hugieia Art Gallery, Belgium.
Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
Guy Pieters Gallery, Saint Paul de Vence, France.
Palacio Almudí, Murcia, Spain.
National Museum of Modern Art of Gdansk, Poland.
Mal Maison, Cannes, France.
Niemeyer Center, Avilés, Spain.
Bokrijk Open Art Museum, Genk, Belgium.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC, USA.
ARTZUID, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Shanghai Jing’an International Sculpture Park (JISP), Shanghai. China.
China Art Museum of Shanghai, and Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
Enlightened Universe at Central Park, New York, USA.
MoCA Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Mille formes à la conquête de l’espace. Cannes, France.
……… (Villa Domergue, Espace Miramar, Centre d´art La Malmaison, la Croisette, ……… Port Canto, Port de Plaisance, Le Suquet, ...)
Enlightened Universe at Rotonde du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland.
ARTZUID, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Enlightened Universe at Rond Point Shuman, Brussels, Belgium.
The Colors of Human Rights. Kanal-Centre Pompidou, Brussels, Belgium.

Footprints. Human Evolution Forum, Burgos. Spain. Enlightened Universe at Plaza San Pablo, Valladolid. Spain. Patio Herreriano Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, Valladolid. Spain.