Camín, Joaquín Rubio

(Gijón, 1929-2007)

The Gijón native Joaquín Rubio Camín was a self-taught artist working primarily in sculpture, but also in painting, photography, design and illustration. He began to paint in 1944, the date of his first known works. He initially combined painting with his job as a draughtsman in the Gijón studio of architect Álvarez Hevia, although shortly thereafter he left this job. In 1951, he moved to Madrid, and he made several journeys to Paris (1956 and 1974) and London (1960 and 1961). In the latter, he definitively discovered sculpture, which would be his medium from then on and for which he would receive accolades such as the Grand Prize of Sculpture in 1962. In 1975, he moved to Valdediós (Villaviciosa, Asturias), where he worked until his death in 2007.

His sculptural output, associated with the spatial quest of spatialist abstraction, primarily used iron, steel, bronze and wood. In 1963–1964, his output came to be dominated by the corner-piece, an element that was mass-produced and used in industry; it served as a model for his compositions and paved the way for new morphospatial inquiries with other steel shapes after the mid-1980s.


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