Biography of Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa (born 1955 in Barcelona, Spain) is an internationally acclaimed Catalan visual artist and sculptor, recognized for his substantial contribution to art in the public sphere. His works are characterized by the synthesis of traditional sculptural materials, such as bronze, aluminum, steel, or glass, with alternative media such as lights, sounds, text, videos, and water.
Notable works include Wonderland I, 1993; La Llarga Nit, 2010; Crown Fountain, 2004; Echo, 2011; and Breathing, 2005. Jaume Plensa’s works can be found all over the globe, from locations throughout his homeland, Spain, to cities across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including Chicago, Dubai, London, Nice, Tokyo, and Vancouver.
Jaume Plensa’s contribution is such that he was awarded the Mash Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for his 2009 work, Dream, installed in London. He has received numerous additional honors, including the Medaille de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, in 1993, the Government of Catalonia’s National Prize for Fine Art in 1997, the National Prize for Fine Art in 2012, and the prestigious Velázquez Prize for the Arts in 2013.