Amongst those Navarre sculptors seeking their sources of inspiration in tradition and folk art, Peralta-born José Ulibarrena displays a surprising versatility in his endeavour to portray the ethniccharacter of Navarre and keep its roots alive. After his initial realist based work, Ulibarrena is now progressing towards his own personal style which cannot be easily placed within a particularartistic current, although it does contain some slight references to expressionist and organicist cube aesthetics, and also to the work of Agustín Ibarrola. His work is based on everyday objects, on the natural beauty of the scenery and on the history and culture of Navarre, which he endeavours to preserve through his genius and interpretation. Precisely coinciding with the First Centenary since the death of Father Adoáin, a Navarreborn Capuchin monk and missionary, on 7th October 1980 the monument to Father Esteban was unveiled within the work of the 5th Iberian Congress of the Capuchin Monks organised by the provinces of Spain and Portugal.
José Javier Azanza