Jaume Plensa Spanish, b. 1955
Jaume Plensa is both a sculptor and an artist. Having worked and lived in Brussels, Berlin, France, and England from 1980 to the present, Plensa has been at the center of the Contemporary Art arena. Plensa has been an instructor and lecturer in many institutions and universities in Paris. He has garnered several awards and distinctions for his works of art from both international and national bodies. These awards include the 1997 National Award for Plastic Arts in Barcelona, Spain, the 2005 Honorary Doctorate in Chicago, IL, and the 2009 Mash Award for Public Sculpture in London, UK.
Plensa has created various outdoor commissions and projects in public spaces across various countries; Spain, France, England, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan, and the United States. All of his sculptural masterpieces undergo various phases of design and development using materials such as bronze, copper, and iron. In addition, Plensa has made several huge productions on etchings and paper.
Apart from his main sculpting work, Plensa also collaborates with designers concerning costumes and stage sets for theater and opera productions. Since 1996, Plensa has been designing costumes and stage sets for operas such as S. Sebastian by Debussy (Rome) and The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz (Salzburg Festpiele).
At present, he divides his time between his residences in Paris and Barcelona.