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The basque sculptor Jesus Lizaso was born in Barakaldo on July 30th, 1961.

He studied Vocational Training in the Trades and worked at a carpenter´s workshop.  Soon after, he joined the Kultur Etxea Ceramic and Sculpture Workshop in Basauri in 1983.  There he learned the secrets of pottery and made traditional and other more creative ceramic pieces.  His curiosity for modern sculpture was aroused.  His series with screws and nails in fire clay belong to this period, some of which are very large in volume.  During the nineties he travelled to the main handiwork fairs in Spain and participated in various collective expositions, for example in the Espacio Pignatelli Show in Zaragoza where he exhibited his largest pieces up until that time.  It centered more on molding, and had a Basque ethnographic theme.

Towards 1997 he began a stage very much distinguished by the industrial world, which is captured in the series "Engranajes" ("Gears").   The pieces refer to the world of the iron and steel industry but with a very organic formal treatment.   

Around 1999, he begins a more sculptural phase.  Bronze and Wood, but without abandoning clay.  Figurative iconography revolves around the concept of "Fuerza" ("Strength").  Human proportions have nothing to do with canons in order to emphasize strength.  Very solid and compact figures.    
Towards the year 2000, he begins undertakings such as the "Toros" ("Bulls"), "Ciclos" ("Cycles") and "Ensayos ópticos" ("Optical Tests").  Imagination persists but is converted into a simple starting point in the search for abstraction.  He "deconstructs" sculptures.  He reconstructs evocations of his original state. 


In 2011 granted the first Lorenzo il Magnifico award with the gold medal in the Biennial of Florence Italy, making consolidate its texis on plasticity, abandoning his love language and tackle a more intellectual themes.

in 2014 exhibition at the Museum of Durango with the summary of the theme of Ortotropias by terminating a long period of research and that from that moment on stage with absolute personality development future of plastic language it is marked.

in 2016, the exhibition RE BENDING Rekalde Room in Bilbao along with the short film with the same title and the book published on the trajectory since its inception, written by Iñigo Sarriugarte culminate a path until recently.