Martín Chirino was one of the most important sculptors of recent decades. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Círculo de Bellas Artes and was president of this institution from 1982 to 1992.
In 1944 he began his artistic studies at the Academy of the sculptor Manuel Ramas. He later enrolled in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts but abandoned these studies to enter the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid. After graduating, he focused on ironwork, which was reaffirmed after his trips to Paris and London, where he completed his training at the School of Fine Arts.
In 1958 he joined the El Paso group, made up of Antonio Saura, Manolo Millares, and Rafael Canogar, among others. At that time he found what would become his leitmotif, the allegorical motif of his entire career: The Spiral, the wind, as a result of his reflection on pre-Hispanic iconography and the legacy of his culture.
Throughout his career, he exhibited regularly in the main cultural capitals of the world. Among many other places, his work has been present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Thessa Herold Gallery in Paris, and the Sefan Röpke Gallery in Cologne.