Santiago Calatrava


Santiago Calatrava was born in 1951 in Valencia, Spain. He studied architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia (1969) and completed his Doctorate in Technical Science from the Department of Architecture from ETH (1979) in Zurich, Switzerland. Calatrava’s artwork was first exhibited in 1985. His work was featured in two solo exhibitions: a retrospective at the RIBA London in 1992, and the exhibition Structure and Expression at the MoMA in New York in 1993 while in the same year Santiago Calatrava: Bridges was exhibited at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Santiago Calatrava: Artist, Architect, Engineer, an exhibition of architectural models, sculpture and drawings, was presented at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in 2000. Santiago Calatrava: Wie ein Vogel (Like a Bird) was exhibited at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum in 2003. In 2005, an exhibition of his artistic body of work was mounted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art titled Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture into Architecture.

In 2010, Santiago Calatrava: Sculptectures was exhibited at the Museum Le Grand Curtius in Liège. Together with Frank Stella he exhibited their joint work The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain at the Berlin’s New National Gallery in 2011. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg exhibited Calatrava’s The Quest for Movement in 2012. In 2014, his show Sculptures, Ceramics and Paintings opened at Marlborough Gallery, New York. On Park Avenue, a public art exhibition, presented by Marlborough Gallery, NYC Parks, and the Fund for Park Avenue, opened in 2015.

Santiago Calatrava recently received worldwide acclaim for his design of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York, which won him the Commercial Observer Design of the Year in 2016. He had a solo show at Marlborough Gallery in May of 2017.