PHILIP AGUIRRE Y OTEGUI

°1961, Schoten, Belgium

Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Philip Aguirre y Otegui (°1961) is an established Belgian artist with work in the public space and in various museum- and private collections, both in Belgium and abroad. One of his most famous projects is Théâtre Source in Douala, Cameroon (2013) for which the artist received The International Award for Public Art in 2017. Together with the local inhabitants, Aguirre reconstructed a water source into a large architectural sculpture. It illustrates the combination of artistic aesthetics with engagement and humanism in Aguirre’s body of work. 

 

Philip Aguirre creates work with a clear visual message. Frequently visiting other cultures and continents such as Africa and Southern America, he has his eye on the world. In many of his works, local objects and materials form a starting point. His figurative sculptures – such as Je vous offre une maison – often miss individual characteristics in order to communicate about ‘la condition humaine’ and mankind in a universal manner. 

Aguirre’s humanistic and aesthetic commitment results in an oeuvre filled with references to architecture and art history, the artist’s own experiences, other cultures, political issues and society in general

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