Martín Chirino

Martín Chirino

1925 - 2019

Biography

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1925 – Madrid, 2019

Martín Chirino moves to Madrid in 1948 to study at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, while simultaneusly continuing with his sculptoric investigations in foundries dedicated to wrought iron. As of 1952 he begins to travel to Paris, Italy and London. Upon his return to the Canari Islands he begins to experiment with abstraction and creates the “Reinas Negras” series which has both African and surrealist ainfluences. Shortly thereafter he settles in Madrid and in 1958 he joins the group “El Paso”. As of 1959 he introduces the spiral as the main motif in his work, executed whith strips of steel based on helicoildal rhytms. In 1967 he travels to the United states and in 1972 he instals a studio there, alternanting his residence between the U.S. and Spain. Between 1983 he acts as Director of the Centro atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

He exhibits regulary in Europe, America and Asia, his work achieving world recognition.

His work is included in many of the most important museums and collections in the world.