Biography
 
José Ignacio Díaz de Rábago Villar
Born in Madrid, Spain 1950.
Studies of Spanish Philology and Fine Arts. Living in Copenhagen since 1978.

Being educated as a painter and sculptor, Rábago has specialized in large scale installations. Since his first exhibition in 1974 Rábago´s work has been presented regularly in galleries, museums and public institutions. Among the most important of his exhibitions are: Gallery Hastings, New York, 1981 // Leifsgade 22, Copenhagen, 1985 // De Vonk, Amsterdam, 1987 // Museum of Fine Arts, Málaga, 1987 // University of Amager, Copenhagen, 1988 // Brandts Klædefabrik Museum, Odense, 1989 // Overgaden, Copenhagen, 1991 // Gallery Anselmo Alvarez, Madrid, 1992 // Avantiere VII, Aachen, 1992 // Culture City, Copenhagen, 1996 // San Telmo Museum, San Sebastián, 1996 // Gallery N.D. Marquardt, Paris, 1997 // Culture City, Stockholm, 1998 // Cervantes Institute, Paris, 1999 // Central Library, Copenhagen, 2000 // State Library, Malmö, 2001 // University Library, Oslo, 2002. // MACAY - Museum of Comtemporary Art, Mérida, 2003 // COAM - Architects College, Madrid, 2004 // UC - Berkeley, 2005 // CCE - Spanish Culture Center, Montevideo, 2008 // Fundation Pablo Atchugarry, Manantiales, 2008 // Museum Barjola, Gijón, 2009 // Casa Duró Art Center, Mieres, 2011 // CBA - Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid, 2013 // Rambla 24, Punta del Este, 2015 // Cultur City, San Sebastián, 2016..

Also writing poetry, Díaz de Rábago was awarded the first prize in the poetry contest organised by the Spanish Institute for Emigration in 1985. In 2001 he published the book "Poemas del instante", in 2011 “Molinos de Papel y viento” a selection of his poetic production between 1975 and 2010 and “Humaredas” in 2015.

Detailed Curriculum

I. Education

Studies
Humanities: Spanish Philology (University Complutense, Madrid, 1966-77) // Fine Arts: Drawing and painting (C.M. Gutierrez Navas workshop, Madrid, 1970-76) // Modelling (School of Ceramics, Madrid, 1972-74) // Architecture: Free student (ETS of Architecture, Madrid, 1976) // Iron craft (Technical College, Madrid, 1977-78) // Engraving, lithography and serigraphy (The School of Danish Design, Copenhagen, 1980-82).

Study trips to Germany, Holland and France.

Awards
Foreign Office of Spain, 1980-82 // Spanish Institute for Emigration, 1986 // Andalusia Council, 1987 // Foreign Office of Spain, 1989 // Danish National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, 1990 // Spanish Culture Ministry, 1996 // Danish National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, 1996 // Copenhagen Culture City, 1996 // Danish National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, 1997 // Spanish Embassy in Paris, 1997 // Foreign Office of Spain, 1998 // COPEC, 1998 // State Library of Stockholm, 1998// Spanish Embassy, 1999 // Central Library of Copenhagen, 2000 // Kultur Malmö, 2001 // Danish National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, 2001 // University Library of Oslo, 2002 // UC Berkeley, 2005 // Spanish Cultural Center, Montevideo, 2008.

Member of the Spanish Artist Union, of the International Association of Art (IAA AIAP, UNESCO) and of the BKF of Denmark.


II. Works

Individual exhibitions
2016 UPV/EHU Library (Cultur City), San Sebastián
2013 CBA the Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid
2011 Casa Duró Art Center, Mieres
2009 Museum Barjola, Gijón
2008 CCE the Spanish Culture Center, Montevideo
2005 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley
2005 Doe Library (Gardner stacks), UC Berkeley
2004 COAM Fundation the College of Architects, Madrid
2003 MACAY Museum of Contemporary Art, Mérida (México)
2002 University Library, Oslo
2001 "The Tower of Books", Central Library, Malmö
2000 Central Library, Copenhagen
1999 Gallery Ping Pong, Malmö
1999 Cervantes Institute, Paris
1998 State Library (Culture City), Stockholm
1998 "Salon du Livre" (Book Fair), Paris
1997 Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
1996 Museum of San Telmo, San Sebastián
1996 "The Tower of Bicycles" (Culture City), Copenhagen
1992 CEDEX (Mural), Madrid
1992 Gallery Anselmo Alvarez, Madrid
1990 Church of St. Nicholas (Graphite), Copenhagen
1989 Art Centre of Brandts Klædefabrik (European Museum 1989-90), Odense
1988 KUA, University of Amager, Copenhagen
1987 "Daily Objects" (Private), Copenhagen
1987 Museum of Fine Arts, Málaga
1987 Nansensgade 23-33 (Private), Copenhagen
1986 Gallery Knabro (I), Copenhagen
1986 Gallery Knabro (II), Copenhagen
1985 "The Empty Room" (Private), Copenhagen
1984 Spanish Culture Institute, Copenhagen
1983 Capharnaum Church, Copenhagen
1982 Gallery Falsted, Copenhagen
1981 Gallery Tuxen, Copenhagen
1980 OTE, Copenhagen
1975 Gallery Candorga, Madrid

Group Exhibitions
1998 Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
1997 Town Hall, Copenhagen
1996 Øksnehallen (Exhibition centre), Copenhagen
1994 Centre Pompidou (Photos by D. Loire about "The Flying Windows"), Paris
1994 ARCO, Gallery Anselmo Alvarez, Madrid
1993 Gallery Anselmo Alvarez, Madrid
1992 Avantiere VII, Aachen
1991 Overgaden (Exhibition rooms of the Danish Culture Ministry), Copenhagen
1989 B&W Factory, Copenhagen
1987 De Vonk Art Center (Experimental art centre, Bussum ), Amsterdam
1986 The College of Architects for East Andalusia, Málaga
1985 Leifsgade 22, Copenhagen
1984 Dronninglund, Aalborg
1983 Grand Palais, Paris
1982 Gallerihuset, Copenhagen
1981 Gallery Hastings, New York
1980 Gallery Tuxen, Copenhagen
1980 Spanish Embassy (Exhibition room), Paris
1979 Spanish Culture Institute, Copenhagen
1978 Museum for Contemporary Art, Madrid
1978 Culture Center of the City (B&N contest), Madrid.
1974 Exhibition room of the bookshop Antonio Machado, Madrid

Sculptures
2015 "Angles: 24+4", Punta del Este (Uruguay)
2010 “Angles Pile”, San Gregorio de Polanco (Uruguay)
2008 “The Fishing Rod”, Manantiales (Uruguay)

Theatre Settings
1983 "Poesia y Música" by I. Rábago y C. Møller, Copenhagen
1983 "El Adiós del Mariscal" by L. Matilla, Copenhagen
1983 "El Laberinto" by I. Rábago, Copenhagen
1981 "Guernica" by F. Carrillo, Copenhagen
1980 "Afrodita Gin" by J. Riosalido, Copenhagen
1979 "Función Secreta" by J. Riosalido, Copenhagen


III. Documentation

Collections
Architects College for East Andalusia, Málaga // Museum of Fine Arts, Málaga // University of Amager, Copenhagen // Museum for Industrial Arts, Copenhagen // Museum of Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense // CEDEX // Doe Library, Uc Berkeley // Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, Manantiales.

Publications and catalogs
Book Art (Paul Sloman, published by Gestalten) Berlin 2011 // Museum Barjola, Gijón 2009 // “In Mid Air”, Copenhagen 2003 // Museum of San Telmo, San Sebastián, 1996 // Culture City, Copenhagen,1996 // Who´s Who, Switzerland, 1994 // Art Book of the Year, Copenhagen, 1991 // Art Book of the Year, Copenhagen, 1990 // Chimney Project, Odense, 1989 // KUA, University of Amager, Copenhagen, 1988 // Critical Forum for Practical Theology (Nr. 23), Copenhagen, 1988 // Art Book of the Year, Copenhagen, 1986 // Art Book of the Year, Copenhagen, 1985 // IEE, Ministry of Work and Social Security, Madrid, 1985 // Grand Palais, Paris, 1983 // Panorama 78, Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, 78 // Blanco y Negro, Culture Centre of the City, Madrid, 1978.

Videography
UPV/EHU Carlos Santamaría Library, San Sebastián 2016 // CBA the Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid 2013 // CCE the Spanish Culture Center, Montevideo 2008 // Hearst Memorial / Doe Library (Gardner stacks), UC Berkeley 2005 // Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt, CNN, Paris, 1997 // "Where?", University of Amager, Copenhagen, 1989 // Museum of Fine Arts, Málaga, 1987 // Nansensgade 23-33, Trekanten, Copenhagen, 1987 // Architects College for East Andalusia, Málaga, 1986 // "Labyrinth", Copenhagen, 1983.

 
 
Photo : Didier Loire