Anda, José Ramón

José Ramón Anda Goikoetxea, Bakaiku, 1949, studied at the Higher School of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid), thanks to a scholarship granted by the Spanish Academy in Rome (1974), where he started to show an interest in architecture and design. In 1980 the Ministry of Culture awarded him a Scholarship for the Promotion of Plastic Arts and Research into New Expressive Forms. Despite his interest in materials such as stone, iron, and even in the intangible sculpture of a laser beam, family tradition, passed on from his father Domingo, gave him a particular inclination towards wood. Added to this family tradition, is his admiration for Classical and Renaissance Art. Following a brief figurative-expressive stage centred on the human being, his acquaintance with Oteiza led him to the sculptural work of Max Bill and Brancusi in the eighties, using elementary geometric figures (principally the cube, sphere, cylinder, ovoid, pyramid) which, based on an abstract and conceptual approach, the accuracy of the calculation and a perfect finish, allowed him to lead the spectator-manipulator of his work towards a spatial and sensory experience. Amongst his exhibitions, particular mention should be made of those held at the Navarra Museum in 1990, the Barjola Museum in 2005, and an anthological exhibition in the BBK Cultural Centre in Bilbao, 2006, whilst he has also taken part in almost ninety group exhibitions. Collections: Foundation 16, Cajas de Ahorros of Navarra and Álava, Navarra and Basque Governments, Contemporary and Modern Art Museums of Vitoria, Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Municipal Museum of San Telmo in San Sebastián, Museum of Navarra and the «Salvador Allende» International Museum of Resistance at Santiago de Chile. Open air monuments: in Pamplona “Homenaje a Anchieta” in the Irubide Park (1979), “Polifemo” in the Antoniutti Park (1982), and “Punto de luz y equilibrio” at the Arrosadía capus of the Public University of Navarra (2003); in Navarra, the monument to the “Memoria de Urbasa”, in the Sierra of Urbasa, and “En la encrucijada, del nudo de carreteras de Alsasua” (2002); in Haizean in Tolosa (2002) and Zeharki, in the gardens of the Satrustegui avenue, in Sebastián (1989); in Vizcaya, “las de Belak en Bakio”(2001) and “Zeharki II” in Galdakao (2002). He was awarded the first international prizes for Sculpture «Angel Orensanz» of Sabiñánigo (1982) and at the 2nd International Sculpture Contest of the City of Jaca (1983), both in Huesca; and national awards corresponding to the Biennials of Vitoria (1978), San Sebastian (1983), the Gure Artea contest of the Basque Government in the same year, and the Sculpture Contests of the Council of Zarauz (1989), and the Council of Zumárraga-Urretxu (1993), in Guipuzcoa, in addition to the second National Award for Sculpture of Caja Madrid (1997).


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