Project Description

Enrique “Sebastian” Carbajal

b. 1947, Ciudad Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Born Enrique Carbajal González in 1947, early in his career he adopted the pseudonym Sebastián after the painting of Saint Sebastian by Botticelli. He is best known for his monumental sculptures in steel and concrete in urban settings, of which he has done over 200 in various parts of the world. A self-taught artist, Sebastián is also a person of science. His extraordinary ability to confront mathematical abstractions and geometric relationships and resolve and transform them into 3-dimensional works of art has captivated audiences for more than 4 decades. He approaches art with the understanding that geometry is not something inherent in nature, it is some-thing the mind imposes on nature. Because he is an artist, Sebastián, doesn’t subject his geometries to logic, but to that of poetry.

Sebastián has received many awards and honors, including being inducted as an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, the Academia Nacional de las Artes, and the Legion de Honor Nacional de Mexico; as well as having received honorary doctorates from the Universidad de la Laguna in Torreon, the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, City College of New York, the Universidad Autonoma de Colima, and the Universidad Metropolitana. His work is included in the permanent collections of Modern Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan; The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Contemporary Art Museum of the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil; Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan; among many others. He has also completed and installed monumental public artworks all over the world.

EDUCATION
San Carlos Academy, National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
 
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
2008
Doctorate honoris causa awarded by the Colima University, Colima, Mexico
2008
National award Eight Columns of Gold Diary Ocho Columnas Zapopan, Jalisco, México
2008
Honorary Doctorate awarded by the New York City College University, New York, NY
2006
Tribute and medal from the School of Law, UNAM. Mexico City, Mexico
2006
Juarez in the XXI century. Member of the Bicentennial Celebration festivities
2006
Alcalde (Honorary Mayor) of the city of la Villita, City of San Antonio, TX
2005
Jerusalem Award of the Zionist Federation of Mexico and the City of Jerusalem, Israel
2005
Acknowledgement by the MERCOSUR Cultural Parliament (PARCUM) Mexico City, Mexico
2003
Honorary Doctorate awarded by the University of La Laguna, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
2003
Guest of Honor at the Art Biennial of Beijing, China
2002
Guest of the International Sculpture Symposium, Beijing, China
1998
Received the General Angel Trías Alvarez medal from the Society of Historical Studies of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.
1998
Inducted into the National Legion of Honor of Mexico
1998
Kinki Nippon Railway Prize, Osaka Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan
1998
Lifetime Achievement Award (granted by RGI Global Marketing for his contribution to culture at the special event entitled Tribute to Mexico, Detroit, MI
1997
Moquette-awards, The Fifth Kajima Sculpture Contest. Tokyo, Japan
1996
A stamp is issued with the theme “Tribute to Sebastian, 30 years as a Plastic Artist”, Mexico City, Mexico
1995
Kinki Nippon Railway Prize, Osaka Sculpture Triennial Osaka, Japan
1995
Sole prize in the competition to create a sculpture for the sports center in the city of Kadoma, Japan
1994
Special guest of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
1993
Mainichi Broadcasting System Award of the International Painting Triennial of Osaka, Japan
1993
Mainichi Broadcasting System Award of the International Painting Triennial of Osaka, Japan
1992
Sun Shell prize awarded by the Higher Institute of Architecture and Industrial Design of the University of Chihuahua, Mexico 1992
1992
Prize awarded by the panel of judges at the International Graphic Arts Triennial of Norway
1992
AORC 2000 Grand Prize & Gold Prize, Osaka City, Japan
1992
Silver Prize at the Osaka ’92 Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan
1991
Founding Member of the World Arts Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.
1991
Represents Mexico at the Symposium and Workshop on Sculpture in Ibero- America and the Caribbean, Santiago de Chile, Chile
1990
Bronze Award of the ABC Ashi Broadcasting Corporation, Osaka, Japan
1990
Bronze Prize of the International Painting Triennial, Osaka, Japan
1990
Resident artist at Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH
1987
Superior Prize of the Henry Moore Competition, Tribute Awarded by the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
1985
Tomás Valles Vivar prize, Arts Section, Chihuahua, Mexico
1984
Prize awarded by the panel of judges of the International Graphic Arts Biennial of Norway
1983
Gala event organized in his honor by the Red Rocks Community College, Red Rocks, CO
1981
First prize in the Monument to Mexican Nationality, National Sculpture Competition organized by the Departments of Public Education and of Human Settlements and Public Works and the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico
1974
First prize in the First Art Biennial of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
1967
First prize of the 2nd Annual Furniture and Sculpture Exhibition of the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (ENAP)
1965
First prize in the Annual Competition organized by the National School of PlasticArts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (ENAP)
 
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Museum of Drawers, Bern, Switzerland Modern Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico Modern Art Museum, of Jerusalem, Israel Modern Art Museum, Río de Janeiro, Brazil Vandusen Garden, Vancouver, Canada Morelia Cultural Center, Michoacán, Mexico Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado, United States
Window South Collection, Menlo Park, California, United States
Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan
Pape Library Museum, Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico
The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Querétaro Art Museum, Querétaro, Mexico Stock Exchange, Mexico City, Mexico Toluca Art Museum, Mexico State, Mexico
Contemporary Art Museum of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Latin American Cultural Center, Montevideo, Uruguay
Mexican Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal
Annex of the School of Engineering, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
University Cultural Center, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
University Science and Art Museum, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
Campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
School of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico. José Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
College of Civil Engineers, Mexico City, Mexico Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico City, Mexico ITESM, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Autonomous University of Nuevo León
Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
ORC City, Osaka, Japan
Kyose City, Tokyo, Japan
SWAB Collection, Switzerland
Latin American Memorial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Los Pinos Presidential Residence, Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico Square, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nagoya City, Japan
Mexico Center, Lisbon, Portugal
Modern Art Museum, Egypt
Sebastian Museum, “Casa Siglo XIX”, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Vladimir Cora Museum, Acaponeta, Nayarit, Mexico
Modern Art Museum, Caracas, Venezuela
Modern Art Museum, Bogotá, Colombia
Sebastian Sculpture Museum, Colima, Colima, Mexico
 
SELECTED MONUMENTAL PUBLIC SCULPTURES
Garden of the Tabachines, Guanajuato Cultural Forum, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Faculty of Laws, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
Assilah, Marruecos
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Diudad Nezahulacoyotl, Estado de Mexico
Alcala, Spain
Valle de Mexico University, Mexico City, Mexico Olympic Park, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Tourist Development in Litibu, Nayarit, Mexico Sebastian Museum in Colima, Colima, Mexico
National Institute of Genomic Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico
Medica Sur Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico
Chihuahua, Mexico
University of La Laguna, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Plaza de la Radio, Mexico City, Mexico
National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Antonio, TX Fonatur Corporation, Mexico City, Mexico
Exposition in Paris, Paris, France Plaza de la Sorbona, Paris, France International Sculpture Park, Beijing, China Colima, Mexico
Puebla, Mexico
Autonomous University of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico
Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico Omiya-cho, Nara City, Japan Mexico City, Mexico
San Antonio, TX
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
Sandy Mount Strand, Dublin, Ireland
Veracruz, Mexico
Autofin Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Bosque Real Country Club, Huizquilucan, Mexico Kanzai Gandai University, Osaka, Japan Monclava, Coahuila, Mexico
Dynasty Residential, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Entrance to the City of Colima, Colima, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Fonatur Development, Istapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
Fonatur Development, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Fonatur Development, Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Rock Garden Park, Bellingham, WA Guanajuato, Mexico
Santiago Tianguistengo, Mexico
Elektra Group, Insurgentes Sur, Mexico City, Mexico
Guadlajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Pinacotheque of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Vladimir Cora Museum, Nayarit, Mexico
Teleton Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Mexico Fonatur Development, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Juarez, Mexico
Tabasco 2000 Planetarium, Viillahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico GTE Data Services, Mexico City, Mexico Aguascalientes, Mexico
University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Osaka Foudnation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
Postal Palace, Mexico City, Mexico Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem, Israel Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Pink Zone, Mexico City, Mexico
Aula Magna Library, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Entrance to the City of Chihuahua, Mexico Nanihaya Dome, Kadoma, Osaka, Japan Royal Zona Rosa Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
Salvador Zubiran National Nutrition Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
Library of the Annex of the School of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Vina del Mar, Chile
Mexican Health Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico
University of Colima, Colima, Mexico Santa Helena Island, Montreal, Canada Sebastian Sculpture Park, Mexico City, Mexico ITESM, Mexico State Campus, Mexico
K2 Esplanade, Eulalia Guzman, Mexico City, Mexico American Airlines, International Airport, Mexico City, Mexico Train Station, Sakai, Japan
World Trade Center Building, Mexico City, Mexico
ORC-200, Osaka, Japan
Kiose, Tokyo, Japan
Fiesta Americana Hotel, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Seguros Monterrey, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Mexico Square, Buenos Aires, Argentina Modern Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Children’s Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Siglo XXI National Medical Center, Mexico City, Mexico
Nassau, Bahamas
Royal Pedregal Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico Latin American Memorial, Sao Paolo, Brazil Hafnarfirdi, Islandia
Belize
Patricios Bank, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Osaka Golf Club, Osaka, Japan
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe College, Santa Fe, NM Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM Sheraton Hotel, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Obido, Portugal
Attorney General’s Office, Mexico City, Mexico
University Cultural Center, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Tepeyac Commercial Center, Mexico City, Mexico
National Public Health Center, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Modern Art Museum, Toluca, Mexico Israelite Sport Center, Mexico City, Mexico Toluca Cultural Center, Toluca, Mexico Monterrey-Saltillo Highway, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Enrique Ramirez y Ramirez Cultural Center, Venustiano Carranza Political District, Mexico City, Mexico
Suburban American Company, Dallas, TX Kanazawa, Japan
Olympic Swimming Pool Esplanade, Benito Juarez Political District, Mexico City, Mexico
Colonnade Center, Denver, CO
UAM Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico Vandusen Garden, Vancouver, Canada Eugenia Housing Unit, Mexico City, Mexico College of Civil Engineers, Mexico City, Mexico
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2005
La obra Monumental de Sebastian, A.M. Editores, Hong Kong, China
2004
Geometría Emocional de Sebastian, Editorial Turner, Madrid, Spain
2004
Sebastian según Francisco Martín Moreno, Editorial Aguilar, Mexico City Mexico
2004
Geometría Emocional de Sebastian, Offset Rebosan, Mexico City, Mexico
2004
Sebastian ante la Crítica, Antología de Textos II, Taller Sebastian / Turner, Selection by René Avilés Fabila, Editorial Turner, Madrid, Spain
2002
Puerta del Camino Real de Colima, Sebastian Foundation and Colima State Government, Editorial Pandora, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
2001
Puerta del Camino Real de Sebastian, Pinacoteca
2001
Editores, Emilio Carballido, Miguel Angel Echegaray, Paco Ignacio Taibo I, Griselda Alvarez Ponce de León, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Coordinación de Difusión Cultural Casa del Lago Dirección General de Publicaciones y Fomento Editorial
2001
Voces de la Cultura Mexicana, Bladimir Villegas García, Ediciones Tintanueva, Mexico City, Mexico
2000
Sebastian, Cultural Crusade, Gaceta Dictamen, Senado de la República. Mexico
2000
Mexico Mosique, Portraits d`objets avec ville, Cristine Frérot, Editions Autrement Paris
2000
Mexico Mosaïque, Portraits D’objets avec ville, Éditions Autrement-collection, Conaculta, Fonca, Monde HSNº 121, Paris, France
2000
Sebastián a las Puertas del Paraíso, Noriega Editores, Mexico City, Mexico
2000
El Arte en la Calle Casa del Tiempo Vol. II, Era III, No. 15, Mexico City
2000
Revista Gente Bien Vol. 2, No. 15, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
2000
Saturnina de Sebastián, Pinacoteca 2000 Editores, Andrés Henestrosa, J.J. Beljon, Victor Sandoval, Victor Hugo Rascón Banda, Mexico City
2000
La Geometría Sensual de Sebastián, Lili Kassner. Circulo de Arte, National Council for Culture and the Arts

Mexico News Network: Monumental Artwork all over the World
The monumental sculptures of renowned Mexican artist Sebastian have created iconic hotspots all over the world. Mathematics and kinetics are at the core of every piece he makes. Sebastian has achieved fame through several disciplines, from his primary medium in, to sculpture and fashion design. 

The San Diego Untion Tribune: Tijuana Sculpture Planned on U.S. Border
At a press conference on April 22, 2014, famed Mexican artist Sebastian unveiled plans for a monumental new sculpture. The aptly named Puerta de las Americas (Door to the Americas) is a projected to be installed at Tijuana’s El Chaparral port of entry. Looming 160 feet in the air, the sculpture will brim with symbolism from Mexico’s Aztec roots. 

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