Eslava Urra, José Antonio
José Antonio Eslava Urra (Pamplona, 1936) started his artistic training at the studio of Crispín Martínez. In the early fifties, he enrolled at the School of Arts and Crafts, where he was taught by Gerardo Sacristán, whilst he also attended painting classes at the academy run by Javier Ciga. In 1954 he went to Madrid to study at the Higher School of Fine Arts. After completing his studies in 1960, he dedicated himself in-depth studies of the technique of engraving under the guidance of professor Luis Alegre Núñez. With a scholarship from the Italian Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 1963 he took a course in Engraving and Painting in Florence and, two years later, in a competitive examination, he won an Engraving Scholarship at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. During this time, he also visited the major museums in Europe.Settled in Pamplona, from the sixties onwards, his artistic work was conducted in parallel to his teaching work. Over the years, hundreds of young artists have passed through his studio. He is also Professor of Plastic Expression at the Public University of Navarra. Since his first individual exhibition in 1961 (García Castañón Gallery of the Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Pamplona), José Antonio Eslava has held more than thirty individual exhibitions in a number of cities in Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. He has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Spain and Italy, Latin America and Japan. His work can be found in a number of museums and collections, including the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, National Chalcography, the Museum and the Public University of Navarra, and the Gonzaga Gallery in the United States. Furthermore, a number of public works adorn the streets, squares and gardens of a number of places in Navarra. He has also received various prizes and awards, such as the National Prize for Engraving (1962), the Silver Medal for Painting at the International Contest in Florence (1964), and the Third, Second and First Medals for Engraving at the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts held in 1962, 1966 and 1968 respectively.
Sources of information:
The artist himself.«La ciudad dedicará una escultura monumental a Pompeyo», Diario de Navarra, 6 de agosto de 1992. «El monumento a Pompeyo, para finales de año», Diario de Navarra, 29 de noviembre de 1992. «Pompeyo entre dos ciudades», Diario de Navarra, 7 de febrero de 1993. EZQUER, A., «Arte en el campus», Diario de Noticias, 24 de octubre 1997. ESLAVA URRA, J.A., Eslava Urra, Pamplona, Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, 2002. MURUZÁBAL DEL VAL, J.M. y MURZÁBAL DEL SOLAR, J.M., «José Antonio Eslava, escultor», Pregón Siglo XXI, nº 26, 2005, pp. 49-55.