Internationally celebrated Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (b.1955) is one of the world's foremost sculptors in the public realm with over 35 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, San Diego, Montréal, London, Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Over the past 30 years, the artist has produced a multifaceted body of work creating sculpture that speaks to the capacity and beauty of humanity, often bringing people together through the activation of public spaces. Conventional sculptural materials like glass, steel, and bronze blend with unconventional media such as water, light and sound to create hybrid works of intricate energy, psychological weight, and symbolic richness.
Frequently incorporating linguistic elements from different alphabets, Plensa’s work does not always contain a specific message, but instead uses language as a metaphor. In addition to his interest in language, Plensa finds inspiration in the human figure as a universal symbol. Celebrating the similarities and shared humanity of the world’s seemingly divergent cultures the artist seeks to connect with his viewers on an intuitive level.
By posing numerous dualities, such as inside and outside, light and dark, and earth and sky, his works ranges from the intimate, delicate works on paper of his ongoing Slumberland series, to monumental public projects, such as the iconic Crown Fountain (2000-2005), a modern day agora amidst the urban landscape of Chicago. Plensa unites his diverse practice to evoke inward reflection, silence, and intellectual engagement. Often, the viewer participation, or the object/viewer relationship, is what completes Plensa's work.
The winner of many national and international awards including the Honorary Doctorate from Univeristat Aut’onoma de Barcelona in 2018 and the 2013 Velazquez Prize awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry, Jaume Plensa has had solo museum exhibitions at the MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid Spain; MAMC–Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France; Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Brühl, Germany; and The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. He lives and works in Barcelona.