Sport Artist of the Year Gabarrón Educating Communities with Spanish Art Forms

Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón, the late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, admire the Atlantic Star Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón, the late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, admire the Atlantic Star Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

Painter and sculptor Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón, the United States Sports Academy’s 1992 Sport Artist of the Year, is considered one of the most interesting representatives of Spanish creators in recent artistic generations.

The Gabarrón Foundation, which was established in September of 1993, has been fulfilling its mission to “educate, support, and promote culture in its most varied forms.” Most recently, the foundation has assisted in the organization of a concert to be held Carnegie Hall in New York on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The piano duo, Iberian & Klavier, will be playing at the concert, The Spanish Madness, in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Spain and the United Nations.

The Gabarrón Foundation annually honors eligible recipients with Gabarrón International Awards. The awards are given to people all over the world in fields ranging from sport to art, economics to literature, and everything in between. Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich became the first American to earn the Gabarrón International Award for Sportsman of the Year in 2013. The prestigious award was first won by the late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch in 2002.

Gabarrón has always remained diversified in his work.  He has created murals, monuments, and sculptures across five continents.  He has provided significant works for various events of universal nature such as the Official Commemorative Stamp of the International Year of Peace for the World Federation of United Nations, the Olympic Movement History Mural that is erected in the Olympic Baseball Stadium commemorating the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Shortly after the Barcelona Olympic Games, Gabarrón was commissioned to produce a piece to recognize the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games. The piece, famously known as the “Atlanta Star,” is comprised of 26 pillars, each with a different design. The structure is dedicated to the 100 years of the Modern Olympic Games, with the sentinel Olympic Games being held in Atlanta, Ga. in 1996.

Born in Murcia, Spain, in 1945, Gabarrón began his artistic profession in 1964 by composing figurative works influenced by nature and the rural settings of Castile. From these natural pieces, Gabarrón quickly moved towards the abstract. Since those early days, he has been shown in more than 100 expositions, has been awarded numerous prizes throughout the world, and has more than 30 books published about his work.

Gabarrón has always been an integral part of American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) and the Academy.  His mural entitled, “A Tribute to the Human Spirit” is seen by thousands each year.  The mural is on the face of the Academy’s main campus building and was painted by Gabarrón, with help of children from Daphne, Ala., for the Academy’s 25th anniversary. The mural is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball.

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