Pablo Atchugarry (b.1954 Uruguay), is internationally renowned for his monumental public sculptures. Atchugarry turned to marble as his primary medium. His sculptures are reflections on the intervention of the spiritual in everyday life, invite contemplation of the divine. Atchugarry is often likened to Michelangelo in his similar devotion to working with his own hands (as opposed to the workshop practices of several of his contemporaries.)
Though it is a complex process, the techniques I use are traditional; I etch the image onto the marble and carve the work entirely by myself, because I believe that the sculpture emerges from within the mind, the heart and the hands of the artist. A sense of elevation and spirituality has always been present in my work. I’ve been invested in the sculpture’s relationship with the outside world. My works develop a language centered entirely on their environment, and for me that means a testimony of life.