Cristina Iglesias was born in San Sebastián in November 1956. She studied Chemical Sciences in her home town (1976-1978) and then after a brief period in Barcelona practising ceramics and drawing, she studied Sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art in London, UK (1980-1982). Was granted a Fullbright scholarship to study at Pratt Institute, 1988
In 1995 she was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (Germany) and in 1999 she won Spain’s National Visual Arts Prize.
In 2012 she won the Grosse Kunstpreis Berlin . She has represented Spain twice at the Venice Biennale, at the 42nd edition in 1986 and at the 45th edition in 1993; at the Biennale of Sydney in 1990; at the Taipei Biennial in 2003; at the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in 2006 and at the Triennale of Folkstone in 2011. She also represented her country at the world fairs held in Seville in 1992 and Hanover in 2000, and at the 1995 Carnegie International, Museum of Art Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.
Her public commissions include the following
The Laurel Leaves in Moskenes sculpture in the Lofoten Island; the Centre Convencions Internacional in Barcelona; Deep Fountain, the Leopold de Waelplaats, Antwerp, 2006; the threshold-entrance for the Prado Museum extension, 2007; and the Estancias Sumergidas underwater sculpture in the Cortes Sea near Isla Espiritu Santo, in the Mexican state of Baja California, 2010.
CAPC Musée d´Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, 1987; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1991; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 1994; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 1997; Palacio Velázquez, MNCARS, Madrid, 1998; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 1998; Carré d´Art, Musée d´Art Contemporain, Nîmes, 2000; Fundaçao Serralves, Porto, 2002; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2003; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2006; Pinacoteca del Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, 2008, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, 2009; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2011; Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris 2011.
Her work has also been shown at the following institutions
ARC, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; CCCB, Barcelona; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid; Centro del Carmen, IVAM, Valencia; De Apple Foundation, Amsterdam; Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona; Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Barcelona; Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds; Instituto Cervantes, Rome; Kunsthalle Bern; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Musée d´Histoire, Luxembourg; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Tate Modern, London.
Works in Selected Museums and Collections
ARTIUM, Vitoria; CAPC, Bordeaux; Carré d’Art, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fundaçao Serralves, Porto; Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; IMMA, Dublin; Kunsthalle Bern; MACBA, Barcelona; Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (Slovenia); MoMA, New York; Musée de Grenoble; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; MNCARS, Madrid; Tate Gallery, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Inhotim, Belo Horizonte (Brasil).