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Sanguino, Luis

Luis Antonio Sanguino de Pascual (Barcelona, 1934) belongs to a family which moved to Madrid, where the sculptor Mariano Benlliure put him in touch with Federico Coullaut Valera, who initiated him in sculpture in his workshop. He went on to register for Art School, although he learnt more by continuously visiting the local museums. Showing what he was capable of, he won the National Sculpture Prize for “Monjes del Ejército”, a set of eight monumental figures sculpted in stone for the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid. In the 1950s, he moved to New York, where he was able to study at close hand the works of Modigliani, Moore and Brancusi, who, together with Rodin, helped define Sanguino’s style within a form of modern classicism based on the geometry of oval bodies. He was awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in 1976. After setting up residence in Mexico in 1978, the classicism of his work became more pronounced. In 1986, he returned to Madrid and took up residence in the Castle of Valdeprados (Segovia), where he continued his career, which mainly centred on monumental works of sculpture, together with the odd commission from private bodies. He spent his professional life between Spain, the USA and Mexico, countries in which his works have been exhibited on numerous occasions and where his sculptures and monuments adorn the streets, squares and parks of major cities. His most notable works include “Monumento a los Inmigrantes” (New York), “Fuente de la Vida” (Monterrey), “Monumento a Emiliano Zapata” and a further seventy works in Mexico, “Raíces” (Puerto Rico) and “Diego de Gardoqui” (Philadelphia). His work can be found in several Spanish cities, including Madrid, where he is best known for the series of sculptures on bullfighting around the Las Ventas Bullring (“Mural El Encierro” and his Monuments to Antonio Bienvenida and “El Yiyo”), the bronze doors on the Almudena Cathedral and the Apostles that adorn its dome.

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Sources:

The artist. «Han estallado las fiestas. Fue inaugurado en monumento a Ernest Hemingway junto a la plaza de toros», Diario de Navarra, 7 de julio de 1968. PIÑUELA GONZÁLEZ, M.H., Luis Antonio Sanguino. Renovación y ruptura en la escultura española contemporánea. Trabajo inédito. SANGUINO, T., Luis A. Sanguino. Recurso electrónico.