The life and work of Jesús Lizaso is developed within a geographical space framed deeply by sculpture. The Basque Country has given us great sculptors with a clear identity called School of Basque sculpture. Oteiza, Chillida, Basterretxea, Mendiburu and other plastic artists startedÂ a generation in which Lizaso is already part.
In the beginning of the 80s he had stages marked by figuration and referred to scenographies of Basque life and sport using clay as a plastic medium. At that time it was relatively frequent to find spontaneous and isolated experiences of surrealist works that came out of the commercial framework in which the artist worked.
At the end of the 20th century, Lizaso met an art dealer based in Chicago and Barcelona, and the commitment to sculpture began to be formalized with a large-scale works with the use of steel and bronze as main weapons for theÂ creation of the elements. He made many exhibitions in the city of Chicago and published his first book "Arte y sentimiento", where you can see his rapid evolution from a craftsman to a great sculptor.
After the success of this stage, Lizaso takes risks on his way to experimentation with exercises that come to last 1 or 2 years each. "Roots 3", "Cycles" and "Orthotropies" are some examples.
Around year 2000 Lizaso wins a contest and makes a large sculpture that symbolizes the town where he lives, Basauri. A second book is published, "Ikurra", and there some of his monumental works appear. ItÂ coincides with some exhibitions in Tokyo, Madrid and other important cities.
The replacement of public sculptures in many places makes Lizaso familiar with the sizes and with the modular steel foundry. This also gives rise to a few years of reflection and research on materials like wood. After several merits, Lizaso is rewarded with different awards and recognitions, but it's in 2011 where his maturity of creation is reflected with an important prize; The gold medal at the Florence Italy biennial where he presents his "Orthotrophies" exercise. It's a period in which he starts freely creating forms whose absolute exponent is the plastic of matter. At the Contemporary art museum of Durango emphasized in this last section of work.
The short film and the monographic book that is published in Rekalde Auditorium of Bilbao perfectly explains the life and work of Lizaso.
Lizaso is an inexhaustible and prolific creator who continues giving us joys through an intimate and personal language, with presence in art fairs and galleries in all over the world: London, Berlin, Santa Fe, Chicago, Estoril, Stockholm, Florence, Tokyo, Lausanne, ...