BADIOLA MAZARIEGOS, Txomin
(Bilbao, Bizkaia, 1957)
Sculpture, installations. Londres, Nueva York, Bilbao


Having obtained a degree in Fine Arts, specialising in Painting, at the University of the
Basque Country, Txomin Badiola began working in this field although in the early eighties he
turned to sculpture inspired by the theoretical reflections by sculptor Jorge Oteiza and the
artistic proposals by the Constructivist avant-garde.
Along with Ángel Bados, Juan Luis Moraza, Marisa Fernández and Pello Irazu, Txomin Badiola is
one of the exponents of so-called New Basque Sculpture in the early eighties. In 1979
he was selected at the 4th Painting Biennial of Bilbao. In 1982 he was awarded the Plastic
Arts Grant by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in Madrid, and won Second Prize in the Sculpture
Section of the Gure Artea’82 Competition organised by the Basque Government. The following
year he obtained the Plastic Arts Grant awarded by the Regional Government of Bizkaia, and
began to teach Sculpture at both the University of the Basque Country and at the university’s
summer courses held at the San Sebastián campus. In 1983 he won Third Prize for Sculpture at
Gure Artea’83, and co-founded Euskal Artisten Elkartea, also known as EAE, with José Ramón
Morquillas, Fernando and Vicente Roscubas, José Chavete, Txupi Sanz and Iñaki de la Fuente.
In 1984 he won the Accessit at the Gure Artea ’84, and in 1985 was awarded Second Prize at the
First International Plastic Arts Competition of the City of Bilbao. The Basque Government gave
him a subvention for casting works in bronze. The following year he won First Prize at the Gure
Artea ’86. 1987, as well as being the year he received the Icarus Prize awarded by the Madrid
newspaper Diario 16 to the best young Spanish artist, marked the beginning of his career
as a curator with the anthological exhibition entitled Oteiza: propósito experimental
held the Caja de Pensiones Foundation in Madrid and Barcelona and at the Museo de Bellas Artes
in Bilbao. On occasion of this show he catalogued Oteiza’s oeuvre and wrote an essay on his
career as an artist. In 1988 he moved to London to work at Delfina Studios for a year, where he
prepared an installation for Riverside Studios.
In 1990 a grant awarded by the Joint Hispanic-North American Committee for Cultural Cooperation
enabled him to travel to New York, where he worked at The International Art Centre. He was also
honoured at the 6th Henry Moore Grand Prize in Nagano, Japan, and began to combine his
sculptural work with the publication of articles and essays.
In 1991, 1995 and 1998 Txomin Badiola organised sculpture workshops together with Ángel Bados
at the Arteleku art centre in San Sebastián. In 1998 he moved to Bilbao, where he continues to
live today. In 2003 he delivered a lecture in the framework of the series entitled ‘Gazes at
Spanish Art of the Last Five Years’ at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in
Madrid. He presented the installation When the Shit Hits the Fan at the 8th edition of
the Istanbul Biennial, produced by the Basque Government. He also edited the video Malas
formas, a story based on the accounts of others of his retrospective presented at the
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in 2002 and at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao in
2003.
Other activities include his participation in the conference entitled Desacuerdos: sobre
arte, políticas y esfera pública en el Estado español, held at Arteleku from 22 to the 24
October with his piece Líneas de fuerza: audiovisualización del arte contemporáneo.
In 2010, along with artists Jon Mikel Euba and Sergio Prego, he took part in the PRIMER PROFORMA 2010
project held at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León from 30 January to 6 June.
At present Badiola is working on the catalogue raisonné of Jorge Oteiza’s oeuvre,
within the research projects carried out at the Museo Jorge Oteiza.
In 2013 he delivered a lecture in the conference entitled Beyond Guernica and the
Guggenheim : relations between Art and Politics from a Comparative Perspective  at the
Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, in Reno.