Chillida Belzunce, Eduardo

A painter from Guipuzcoa born in San Sebastian in 1964, son of a sculptor.

He began to develop his artistic skills at a very early age, his first engraving was done in his brother Ignacio's workshop at the age of 14. He went daily to the workshop of his other brother, Pedro, where he painted and sculpted in stone, earth and bronze. In 1984 he attended the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where he was taught by the painter and sculptor Antonio López. In 1986 he suffers a serious accident that paralyses his right hand and he has to give up sculpture and starts to paint with his left hand with the support of his family.

In 1988 he had his first individual exhibition at the Dieciseis Gallery in Donostia, which he ed in 1992. In 1989 he exhibited at the Kaj Forsblom Gallery in Turku (Finland) and at the Fernando Silió Gallery in Santander. He took part in the Arco Fair in 1990, in 1995 and in 1997 in Madrid, together with the sculptor Koldobika Jáuregui, in the exhibition "Basque Artists" in Sanz Enea (Zarautz). In 1992 he exhibited at the Nieves Fernández Gallery in Madrid, in 1996 he exhibited at the Colón XVI Gallery in Bilbao and also took part in the Estampa Fair in Madrid. In 2001 he exhibits in the exhibition "Relevos" (Relays), aimed at getting established artists to give way to new talents, 6 oil paintings on canvas and a ceramic one in the rooms that Caja Madrid has in the Torres Kío in Madrid. In February 2004 he was given a retrospective in Úbeda (Jaén). Entitled "Con las dos manos" ("With both hands"), it includes both the painting of his beginnings, done with his right hand, and that which he has to do with his left hand. In March 2004 he exhibits in the Jordi Barnadas gallery in Barcelona, some fifteen works marked by the landscapes that "I see from home". In 2005 he presented "Etxean" at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian and "Etxetik" at the Ekain Gallery in the same city. He returned to the Jordi Barnadas Gallery in 2007 and in 2008 to the Nieves Fernández Gallery and Arteko Gallery in San Sebastian. In 2010 he presented the exhibition "Hacia la luz" at the Sebastián Foundation in Mexico City.

His work emerges from his immediate surroundings. Through the windows of his house, Intz Enea, he paints peculiar and personal landscapes, or from Zabalaga where interiors appear edly, doors, windows, different planes that are superimposed through plays of light and shadows. The sculptor Andrés Nagel rightly expresses that everything that is seen is not true:

"the painting can coincide with what you see, it's a lie, inside there are mirrors that are paintings, paintings that confuse the eye and all kinds of unimaginable traps, such as killing the perspective of a door while forcing the perspective of a painting hanging on the wall".

The images in his works are taken as if they were focused through a wide-angle lens and are made in an expressionist style. The viewer becomes involved in the scenes through which the artist's life passes: his surroundings, his studio, his work material, etc.

It is present in the collections of the Artium Museum in Vitoria, in the Jano collection (Mexico), in the Grupo Prisa collection, Indra Collection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maeda Collection (Japan), Nieves Fernández Collection, Ramón Suárez de Zuloaga Collection, Diputación Provincial de Huesca, Caja Rural de Huesca, Norbolsa de Bilbao, Gres de Valls. Uralita Group, Adra Museum, Almería, UEE, Unión Española de Explosivos Collection.

On 22 July 2004, his mural was unveiled next to San Telmo entitled Beste aldean (On the other side), a mural over 9 metres high and 3.5 metres wide that offers a view of the bay of La Concha in the Old Part of Donostia on the façade of an old building in calle 31 de Agosto - it withstood the fire that devastated the city on 31 August 1813 - that looks towards Plaza Zuloaga, This work is made up of a total of 161 terracotta pieces, each measuring 40 centimetres high by 50 centimetres wide and 6 centimetres thick. The sculptor Ramón Ruiz Cabestany and the architect José Mari Alkorta also collaborated on it.

In 2006 his mural "Homage to the Lord" was placed on the main altar of the parish church of San Sebastián Mártir in San Sebastián.

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