Fructuoso Orduna Lafuente (Roncal, Navarra, 1893-Pamplona, 1973) began his studies in drawing and modelling in Zaragoza, initially alongside the monumental mason Joaquín Beltrán and later in the workshop of the sculpture Dionisio Lasuén. In 1914 he moved to Madrid where he continued his education at the Arts and Crafts School, working at the same time in Mariano Benlliure’s workshop. In 1917 he was awarded a scholarship from the Regional Council of Navarre, which allowed him to set up his own studio in Atocha street, although just three years later he moved to Rome to expand his artistic understanding, where he remained until 1922. Once he completed his education, Orduna settled down in Madrid, and began a very active stage of his career in the fields of statuary, relief work and decoration of monuments, religious image making and portraits, commissioned by both public and private institutions as well as by private collectors. On top of this he worked as a Modelling teacher at the Pottery School, and later as professor at the Painting, Sculpture and Engraving School in Madrid. From the 1940s on, he combined his professional activity with the development of numerous honorary and emblematic commissions, culminating on the 19th May 1962 with his appointment as member of the Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando. Orduna did not attend exhibitions, despite the great success achieved there. In 1920 he attended the National Fine Arts Exhibition, where he was awarded Third Place for his “Busto de Roncalés”, a portrait of his father in bronze. In 1922 he won the Gold Medal for his work “Post Nubila Phoebus.” A year later he held his first individual exhibition (Salón del Museo de Arte Moderno, Madrid). He also participated in the International Exhibition in Venice (1926), as well as in the Spanish Art Exhibition in Belgium and Holland. In 1935 he held his second individual display. His works can be found in various museums and collections in Spanish and Argentinian cities, and his ornamentation can be seen in public spaces around Madrid and in other Spanish towns.
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