Gonzalo García (Gijón, 1966)
His path as a sculptor began in the early 1990s when García attended “L’Europe D’Art D’Art” in Niort (France). There, a totem became his first work to be presented to the public. From there on, geometric abstractions, performance, installations and even teaching sculpture courses for the Spanish Ministry of Culture characterize his early years.
With the human foot as his main subject, from surrealist reinterpretations to the more academic realism, García focuses his research on the expressive possibilities of different materials. Although he has made sculptures using stone, his production is mainly focused on iron and wood. However, the unarguable link in his oeuvre is “cuchu” (Asturian word for manure). In order to be incorporated to his sculptures, the manure undergoes a series of processes: it is fermented, dried, grounded, pasteurized and mixed with polyvinyl. “Cuchu”, by itself or accompanied by wood, constitutes a corpus for his pieces. Gonzalo’s technical woodworking process is highly complex: firstly the large-sized wooden sculpture skeletons prior to the carving must foresee multiple effects. García then explores the negative space offered by his pieces when the wood is recessed, and it is precisely that void dressed with “cuchu” that becomes the true focus.
Gonzalo García has exhibited in places such as Gijón, Oviedo, Valladolid, Murcia, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Barcelona, as well as France and Great Britain. He has represented Asturias at “Galicia Terra Mítica”, won awards such as the Certamen de Artes Plásticas in sculpture, First Prize at the I Sculpture Biennial at San Martín del Rey Aurelio, or a Mention of Honor in sculpture of the City of Badajoz Awards 2015.
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