Born in Santiago in 1944, Francisco Gazitúa is considered one of Chile’s most accomplished sculptors. With a succession of commissions and individual exhibitions, he has been a major voice in establishing a particularly Chilean branch of contemporary sculpture. During his 35-year career as an educator, he has taught sculpture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the University of Chile, and at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. He was also a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. Gazitúa helped found the Kornarija International Sculpture School in Kornarija, Croatia, and has also taught marble sculpture in Portugal. He works in Pirque near Santiago and continues to participate in symposia and workshops worldwide.