Pablo Serrano Aguilar, Spanish (1910 - 1985)

Aragonese sculptor Pablo Serrano Aguilar was born in the town of Crivillén (province of Teruel) on March 10th, 1910.

His artistic education began at the San Jorge School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, between 1920 and 1925, subsequently he relocated to South America, where he lived for thirty years, in the cities of Rosario de Santa Fe in Argentina and Montevideo. In the latter he joined the “Paul Cezanne” group of artists.

In the capital of Uruguay, he was awarded the gold medal of the Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 1944, 1951 and 1954, and in 1955 he was awarded the main prize of the Segundo Salón Nacional Bienal de Artes Plásticas.

He returned to Spain in 1955, thanks to the grant that accompanied the latter prize, and he won the main prize of the III Bienal Hispanoamericana de Arte held in Barcelona. He founded the "El Paso" group, to which other artists, such as the painter Manuel Viola also belonged.

Among the works he left to his native land, are: the Busto de José Gervasio Artigas, founder of Uruguay, located in the Puebla de Alborton, the great statues of San Valero and the Ángel Custodio that stand at either side of the access door to Zaragoza’s Town Hall (1965), the relief of the Venida de la Virgen del Pilar, on the façade of the Pilar Basilica of Aragon’s capital, Monumento a la labradora turolense, located in Teruel, or the sculpture Encuentro, that can be seen in the plant that Opel España has in Figueruelas (Zaragoza).

In the field of portraits we might mention those of Miguel Labordeta, José Camón Aznar, Goya, Antonio Machado or Pablo Picasso, among others.

He built three large-scale monuments, tose of Miguel de Unamuno, Benito Pérez Galdós and Gregorio Marañón.

In 1982 he was awarded the Premio Príncipe de Asturias a las Artes. In 1983, he was appointed Member of the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, and doctor honoris causa by the University of Zaragoza.

He died in Madrid in 1985, after bequeathing his entire body of work to Aragon, most of which is to be found in the Pablo Serrano Museum of Zaragoza.

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