Printmaker and sculptor, Chillida was born in San Sebastian, and trained as an architect at Madrid University during the 1940's. He moved to Paris for two years following his studies and later returned to his native Spain where he remains. Initially working with figure carvings, from these he derived Abstract and iron sculptures before starting work on wood carvings in 1959. Introducing alabaster to his media in 1964, his work then began to take a new focus on solid masses. Producing many relief pieces, his work also includes many papiers collés, drawings and graphics.