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Biography of Pello Irazu

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b. 1963, Andoain, Spain

1963
Born on 26 October in Andoain, Gipuzkoa (Basque Country).
1981
Enrolls at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, where he graduates with a minor in sculpture in 1986.
1982
Receives a visual arts grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
1983
Wins Third Prize in Sculpture at the 1983 Gure Artea competition.
Exhibits at the Sala de Cultura, an exhibition hall managed by the Caja de Ahorros Municipal in Bilbao.
1984
Takes First Prize in Sculpture at the 6th Visual Arts Biennial of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
1985
Wins an artistic production grant from the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.
Takes Third Prize in Sculpture at the 1985 Gure Artea competition.
Exhibits at Galería Windsor Kulturgintza, Bilbao.
1986
First solo show outside the Basque Country at Galería Fúcares, Almagro.
His work is included in the Muestra de arte joven at the Madrid Circle of Fine Arts.
1987
Wins First Prize in the sculpture category at Bizkaiko Artea.
Participates in the exhibition Dynamiques et interrogations at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.Also appears in Una obra para el espacio at Canal de Isabel II in Madrid.
1988
Two one-man shows at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
Participates in the 4th International Drawing Triennale at the Kunsthalle Nurnberg in Nuremberg, Germany, where he wins an award. That same year he wins the ICARO prize for most outstanding young Spanish artist.Three Spanish Sculptors exhibition at the Donald Young Gallery, Chicago.
1989
Exhibits at Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona.

Lives in London and exhibits with Txomin Badiola at Riverside Studios, London.

Chosen to participate in the 9th Salon of the XVI at the exhibition hall of La Fundació Caixa de Pensiones, Barcelona.

1990
Chosen to participate in the Aperto section of the 44th Venice Biennale. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship from the Joint Spanish-American Committee, he moves to New York and remains there for the next eight years.
His work is included in Spanische Eisenskulptur, a show that tours to museums in the German cities of Mannheim, Bochum, and Berlin.
1991
First solo show in New York at the John Weber Gallery.
1992
The Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas, holds an exhibition of his work.
Exhibits at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
Participates in the exhibition Pasajes in the Spanish Pavilion at Expo'92 Seville, and in Tropismes at Tecla Sala, L'Hospitalet, Barcelona.
1993
New exhibition at the John Weber Gallery, New York.

Participates in the exhibition Future Perfect, curated by Dan Cameron, at the Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna.

1994
Exhibits at the Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, at Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, at the Costas Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, and, under the title Real World, at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
1995
His show Habitat opens at the John Weber Gallery.

Exhibitions at Galería Fernando Latorre, Zaragoza, and Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas.
Leads an art workshop at the Madrid Circle of Fine Arts.

1996
His work is included in the show Abstract-Real at the MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna.
1997
New exhibition at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
Also exhibits at Galería Lekune, Pamplona, and Espacio Caja de Burgos hosts an exhibition of his work.
1998
Returns from New York and settles in Bilbao. His work appears in the shows El punto ciego. Spanische Kunst der 90er at the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, and Dibujos germinales at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Leads a workshop at the Arteleku contemporary art center in Donostia-San Sebastián.
Produces the sculpture that is selected to be the image of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards.
1999
Exhibits at the art gallery of the Málaga Architects' Association and in the show Daylight at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
2001
Presents the exhibition Life Forms 1ME9D at Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona.
Participates in the show Gaur, hemen, orain at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao.His work is featured in Deux millénaires d'histoire de l'Espagne. An 1000-An 2000. Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels.
2002
New exhibition of drawings, Mimendi 308, at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.

Participates in the exhibition Conceptes de l'espai at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

2003
Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, hosts an exhibition of his recent work under the title Fragmentos y durmientes.
2004
Exhibition at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, entitled Pliegues.

His work is included in the show Dispersions, held at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami.

2006
Holds the exhibitions Let It Bleed at Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona, and Todas las cosas—Pasión elemental—frutos extraños at Galería Carreras Múgica, Bilbao.
His work is included in the show Enlaces+Dos at the Museo Patio Herreriano de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid.
2007
His work is featured in the exhibition Incógnitas. Cartografías del arte contemporáneo en Euskadi, curated by Juan Luis Moraza, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Participates in the 48th Oktobarski Salon in Belgrade.
2008
His exhibition Home opens at the Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, and Galería Soledad Lorenzo presents the show Pello Irazu: Universo de suturas.

His work appears in the exhibition Micro-narratives: tentation des petites réalités at the Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France.

2009
His work is exhibited in the show PhotoDimensional at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

Opens the exhibition Hondatu gabe bizi /Vivir sin destruir at Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, Donostia-San Sebastián.

2010
Galería Carreras Múgica, Bilbao, hosts a one-man show featuring the artist.

Participates in El retorno de lo imaginario. Realismos entre XIX y XXI at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

2011
Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona, opens the exhibition (1x1) x1.
Gallery Kit in St. Louis, Missouri, hosts a show entitled Pello Irazu: Isolation Room.
His work is included in the group exhibition Olor Color. Química, Arte y Pedagogía at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, and the show Sin realidad no hay utopia at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville.
2012
Exhibits at the CAB – Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos under the title Una oportunidad cada día.
The installation Life Forms 304, a site-specific work created for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is exhibited at the institution as part of the show Arquitectura habitada.
2013
Exhibits at Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid.
Participates in the exhibition Mínima resistencia. Entre el tardomodernismo y la globalización: prácticas artísticas durante las décadas de los 80 y 90 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
2014
Presents his latest work at the Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, in a show entitled Studio. His solo exhibition SiluetasMasasSombras PerfilesBultosEspectros LeyendasDesechosEspantos opens at Galería Carreras Múgica, Bilbao.
Participates in the show Haber hecho un lugar donde los artistas tengan derecho a equivocarse. Historias del Espai 10 y el Espai 13 de la Fundació Joan Miró at Fundació Joan Miró.
2015
Sala Alcalá 31, a gallery run by the Regional Government of Madrid, presents El muro incierto, featuring various installations made by the artist over more than two decades.

His work appears in the group show Suturak // Cerca a lo próximo, held at the Museo San Telmo in Donostia-San Sebastián in collaboration with Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo.

His creations appear in the group exhibitions Made in Spain. Periplo por el arte español de hoy, at the CAC – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, and ExpoColección. El arte de los ochenta at the Museo Patio Herreriano de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid.

2016
The exhibition Itzalak opens at the Centro Cultural Contemporáneo Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca.

Participates in alt-architecture at CaixaForum, Barcelona.

2017
Participates in the show (Ex)posiciones criticas. Discursos críticos en el arte español 1975–1995, organized by the CGAC in Santiago de Compostela.
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