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Agustín Ibarrola. Conductor of the orchestra of Nature

Agustín Ibarrola was born in Basauri (Biscay) in 1930. His first outings into the world of art were self-taught but, in 1948, he received a grant that enabled him to travel to Madrid. In the Spanish capital, he ventured into cubism and, alongside Jorge Oteiza, into constructivism; two movements that tried to break away from traditional art and propose a less pure and more social form of art, as well as work by teams of various artists and different art styles. In 1956, he travelled to Paris, where he founded Equipo 57 together with a group of other artists.

The life and work of our artist have always been a reflection of the social reality at any given time. During the difficult 1960s, the involvement by the artist in political and social life is notable, something that is reflected in his work: the hard industrial situation, the social injustices, etc. For Agustín Ibarrola, public art is quintessentially muralist. It is not art on a small scale or art of reduced size with gentle overtones. Public art uses robust materials that have a relationship with everything that is out in the open. For want of a better way to describe it, the content of public art represents shared culture and feelings, shared situations, rather than situations of intimism and personal withdrawal.

This can all be seen reflected in this piece, which he began to paint in the heart of the forest in 1982. Its figures represent the social reality, the light that entered the forest and stayed there, the eyes of our ancestors, the ray of sunlight that was trapped among the pine trees… an endless list of shapes and colours hidden in the forest.


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