Pablo Atchugarry

Best known for his marble works which resemble the monoliths of early civilizations, Pablo Atchugarry is an Uruguayan sculptor born in Montevideo in 1954. He currently lives and works between Lecco, Italy and Manantiales, Uruguay.


After having experimented with diverse materials such as cement, iron and wood, in 1979 Atchugarry went to visit Carrara in Italy and he discovered the extraordinary elegance of marble. Simultaneously abstract and numinous, massive and delicately carved, his sculptures are reflections on the intervention of the spiritual in everyday life, intended to channel spiritual energies into the spaces they occupy and invite contemplation of the divine.


Pablo Atchugarry is internationally renowned for his monumental public sculptures installed in various spaces throughout Europe and Latin America as in the sculpture garden of the Uruguayan Government Building; in the town of Manzano, Italy; on the Avenue Princesse Grace of Monte-Carlo; on the Caleotto Roundabout in Lecco, Italy; in the town of Kallo-Beveren, Belgium. His sculptures are part of numerous private and public collections such as the Fundació Fran Daurel in Barcelona, Spain; the Bellinson Center in Petah Tikva, Israel; the Museu Coleção Berardo in Portugal and the Collezione Fontana in Italy. His works have also been exhibited at the following museums and public institutions: Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo; Museo del Parco, Portofino; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Museo Lercaro, Bologna; Collezione della Provincia di Milano a Palazzo Isimbardi; Collezione della Provincia di Lecco; Fundació Fran Daurel, Barcelona; Groeningemuseum, Bruges; Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Museo Brasilero da Escultura, São Paulo. In July 2002, Atchugarry received the Michelangelo Award in Carrara, in recognition of his artistic career. In 1999, he founded the Museo Pablo Atchugarry in Lecco to house works spanning his entire career. In 2007, he established the nonprofit institution Fundación Pablo Atchugarry in Manantiales, Uruguay to promote visual arts, music, and literature in the community.

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