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Huerta Celaya, Rafael

Rafael Huerta Celaya (Bilbao, 1929) is the son another sculptor, Moisés de Huerta, a benchmark in Spanish realist sculpture from the inter-war period. Initially trained in his father’s workshop, in 1945 he prepared to enter the School of Fine Arts in Madrid. The following year he achieved first place among the over 400 participants. In 1951 he was awarded a special mention in the sculpture category, and was named professor of Drawing in Fine Arts. A year later he gained the position of modelling and casting professor in the School of Arts and Crafts in Corella, located in Navarre where he stayed for twenty years. He was later relocated to the School of Arts and Crafts in Pamplona, where he rose to position of Director, acting as both teacher and artistic creator. In this phase he became a representative sculptor in his own right, with no masters to imitate, aside from the mark left by his father and some remnants of Arteta, which resulted in traditionally focused works that lacked any kind of anecdotal claims that may reveal his command of the trade. Rafael Huerta developed the majority of his works in the field of monumental sculpture. His works are displayed in various locations across Navarre, the Basque Country, Cantabria and Madrid. He has also participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions, in particular his successful participation in the 1954 National Fine Arts Exhibition.

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Catálogo de la Exposición Rafael Huerta en la Galería Parke 15, Pamplona, 1979. «Nuevas esculturas para la Vuelta del Castillo», Diario de Navarra, 14 de enero de 1990. «La escultura Rebotando del revés se colocará en la carretera entre Echavacoiz y Cizur Mayor», Diario de Navarra, 4 de septiembre de 1990. «Rafael Huerta», Diario de Navarra, 9 de septiembre de 1990. MARTÍN-CRUZ, S., «Rafael Huerta», Diario de Navarra, 20 de octubre de 1990. «El encierro tendrá su monumento», Diario de Navarra, 11 de septiembre de 1991.«Un busto recordará al médico Nicasio Landa», Diario de Navarra, 21 de marzo de 1999. «Pamplona homenajea al doctor Arazuri con una escultura junto a San Lorenzo», Diario de Navarra, 3 de julio de 2003. «La escultura del encierro toma Pamplona», Diario de Navarra, 9 de febrero de 2007. HUERTA CELAYA, R., «El Monumento al Encierro», Diario de Navarra, 19 de abril de 2007. «La escultura del encierro enseña la cara», Diario de Navarra, 22 de abril de 2007.