Jaume Plensa

Spain, 1955


Jaume Plensa was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1955 Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi and in Llojta, both in Spain. Jaume Plensa had his first solo exhibition in 1980. Plensa is at the forefront of the contemporary art scene and has achieved international acclaim. Although his primary studio is in his native city, Plensa has also lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England (at the invitation of the Henry Moore Foundation), and France (at the invitation of the Atelier Alexander Calder). Plensa has had numerous outdoor projects and commissions for public spaces and has numerous awards and honors include the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, the National Art Award of Catalonia, Spain, and an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago. Plensa has exhibited in major museums and galleries worldwide, including the Galérie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris; the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust in Halifax, England; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum der Modernen Kunst, Vienna, and in New York, Chicago and Tokyo. Outdoor and public sculpture is an equally important aspect of Plensa’s output, with numerous installations in North America, Europe and Asia. One of his most notable works is Crown Fountain (2000-04) in Chicago’s Millennium Park, arguably one of the most successful public art projects of the past decade. Plensa’s works are also found in the collections of such notable museums as the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others. Jaime Plensa currently lives and works in Barcelona and Paris.

Artworks by Jaume Plensa