Euskal Itsas Museoa

Ricardo Ugarte de Zubiarrain. Sculptural voyage


From June 8 to September 30, 2018

With this exhibition the Naval Museum showcases some of Ricardo Ugarte de Zubiarrain’s maritime-themed artwork.

This sculptor, hailing from Pasajes, uses graphic art and sculpture comprising a range of sea elements, such as bollards, anchors, bows, sails, etc, as a story-telling device.

A highlight of the exhibit is the simplicity of expression, the result of a creative process based on synthesis and sobriety that has characterised this artista throughout the different disciplines that he has cultivated throughout his career.


Born in Pasai San Pedro in 1942, a costal town in Gipuzkoa, he studied at the San Sebastian School of Arts and Crafts and continued his studies at the Academia Camps. While he has experimented with different artistic disciplines throughout his career (drawing, engraving, photography, poetry, etc.), his main field of artistic expression has been abstract sculpture.

He belongs to the Basque School of Sculpture, along with Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Néstor Basterretxea and Remigio Mendiburu He has worked with metal, particularly with iron and steel, which he has amassed in-depth skills in.

His sculptural work has been displayed at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seville, the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian, as well as in numerous national and international public spaces.

He has had than 30 individual exhibitions in different museums and galleries (including San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Bilbao, Granada, Germany), and has received a range of awards and prizes throughout his artistic career, particularly top prize in the International Biennial of Sculpture of San Sebastian in 1969, the "Villa de Madrid” National Sculpture Prize in 1982, Top Sculpture Prize at the "Gure Artea” awarded by the Basque Government in 1986, Top Prize at the "Wiesbaden-San Sebastian Twinned Sculpture” in 1991, and the CEOE Prize to the Arts in Madrid in 1992, to name a few.




Ricardo Ugarte de Zubiarrain. Singladura escultórica

Untzi Museoa-Museo Naval, Donostia-San Sebastián, 2018, 64 p., il.

ISBN 978-84-09-01764-5

7 €

Programa de actividades

Visitas guiadas a la exposición:

  • Visitas guiadas gratuitas a la exposición, dirigidas al público en general, martes y miércoles: a las 17:00h. en euskara y a la 18:00h. en castellano. Sin reserva previa.

  • De martes a viernes, dirigidas a grupos. Visitas guiadas adaptadas a las necesidades de cada grupo. Duración: 60 minutos. Con reserva previa. 

Conferencias gratuitas:

Conferencia a cargo de Edorta Kortadi Olano, con presencia del escultor Ricardo Ugarte. Duración: 60 min. Idioma: Castellano. Entrada libre hasta completar aforo.

  • "Ricardo Ugarte de Zubiarrain: el escultor del mar". 20 septiembre, jueves / 19:00h. / Museo Naval

Conferencia a cargo de María Soledad Alvarez sobre la trayectoria artística de Ricardo Ugarte, con presencia del escultor. Duración: 60 min. Idioma: Castellano. Entrada libre hasta completar aforo.



Tuesday to Saturday:
10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00

Sundays and public holidays:
11:00 - 14:00
16.00 - 19.00 (from 15th of june to 15th of september)

December 24 and 31:
10:00 - 14:00

Closed on Mondays. Closed January 1, 6 and 20, and December 25.

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