(Gran Canaria, 1925 – Madrid, 2019)
Martín Chirino is one of the leading Spanish sculptors from the second half of the 20th century. Trained at the San Fernando School in Madrid, he furthered his studies with trips to Paris and London, where he also attended the School of Fine Arts. Upon his return to the Canary Islands, he began to experiment with abstraction in works which reveal clear influences from African art and Surrealism. He moved to Madrid in 1955 and joined the El Paso group in 1958. At that time, he began working in abstraction, primarily through iron sculptures in which spirals, the contrast between full and empty spaces and dynamism are just some of the hallmarks. He was also the president of the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid (1983–1990) and director of the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1989–2002).