Pablo Atchugarry


Pablo Atchugarry is a contemporary Uruguayan sculptor known for his marble works which resemble the monoliths of early civilizations. Influenced by Contantin Brancusi and Michelangelo, Atchugarry treats sculpture as an extension of the materials he employs. “When you’re working directly with stone, especially marble, it’s very dramatic, because there’s no way back,” he has explained. “Every part that is taken out of the block will never be part of it again.” Born on August 23, 1954 in Montevideo, Uruguay, his parents encouraged his artistic talents from a young age. Early on, Atchugarry worked with a variety of materials, including cement, iron, and wood. Though after visiting the town of Carrara, Italy in 1979, he was entranced by Carrara’s famous marble quarries and workshops. In 2007, the artist established the nonprofit institution Fundación Pablo Atchugarry in Manantiales, Uruguay, the foundation promotes visual arts, music, and literature in the community. Atchugarry currently lives and works between Lecco, Italy and Manantiales, Uruguay. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the National Museum of Visual Arts of Montevideo and the Perez Art Museum in Miami.