Camilo Nogueria (1960-1970)

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Vigo: Camilo Nogueria (1960-1970)

Nogueira sculptor born in the neighborhood of Calvary Vigo in 1904 maintaining a close relationship with the city of Vigo until his death in 1982.

Student of the School of Arts and Crafts (1920-1927) where he acquired the carver and carpenter profession which seemed predestined familiarly.

In the 30s began their professional and artistic release after their stay at Madrid pensioned by the Provincial de Pontevedra. In 1932 he made his first major work in granite ("Monument to the Martyrs of Sobredo"). In 1934 participates in reforms Garcia Barbon Vigo Theatre under the direction of architect Palacios.

Married to Teresa Roman, with whom he had three children, and at this time have our own workshop in the city. The civil war, economic constraints, causing the dismissal of all personnel of the workshop and early solo work no longer leave.

In the 40s changed his artistic language but keeps up his career. Nogueira was devoted almost exclusively to the stone. In the 50, 60 and 70, Nogueira is enshrined as the sculptor of Vigo making several ornamental works for the public buildings, squares and gardens of the city.

In parallel, from 1946 to 1977, is professor of sculptors like: Xoán Piñeiro, Silveiro Rivas, etc..School of Arts and Crafts.

In the 70 continuing commissions, awards and exhibitions. By age decreases the rate of work but not the social visibility and sculptor. In 1987, by request of his neighbors, he dedicated a street in Vigo.

Wood first expression

The first material known as Camilo Nogueira was wood sculptor because he was born in a family closely linked to carpentry, construction and joinery.

The work "Nature" is the culmination of the woodwork Camilo Nogueira and full control of the office of carver. The author himself considered this his best work. The story says that Nogueira found a bull with acacia roots and some branches, drawing themselves woody formations, raised figuration. At the base are still detected roots and distortions of some figures that seem to convey the whimsical forms das branches.

Stone. Sculptor of Vigo


Vigo experiences a wide urban renewal since the mid-twentieth century that is particularly pronounced in the decades of the 60s and 70s. The City Council in this context will drive the adornment of parks, plazas and public sculpture gardens, especially in areas of Alameda or Mount Castro.

Although Nogueira had done some stone work in the 30s, this material will be almost exclusively in production to this time of high demand for work produced for urban sculpture outdoors.

The first series made for Alameda Nogueira corresponds to the late '40s and early '50s. They are basically group scenes featuring children and animals (Alborada, Tortuga, Snail, The Swan; Children under the umbrella). Children refer for their fleshy forms, the angels of Romanesque and Baroque, but also makes clear to Laxeiro, as a friend of Nogueira.

On the occasion of a new redevelopment area, Alameda Nogueira will for another series of works about the work and sacrifices that this entails (The Forger, The Sailor, Anxiety, and Fartura) that were opened mostly in a public of March 27, 1966.

Nogueira Much work will go in the 60 to beautify Mount Castro also reaffirmed as large city park under the leadership of Mayor Portanet. Group (Peixeira; Muses; Cachiño; Roda; Swans; Giraffes) stands out for its high symbolic value the group "Sailors wearing the coat of Vigo" 1969.

Nogueira's work also graced buildings (Maritime Station, Aurora Insurance) and other gardens or squares (Monument to John XXIII and Don Bosco; Maternity Bouzas; Virgen del Carmen in ETEA facilities).Some of them became popular dearly as children hold the shield of the city in the viewpoint of the Paseo de Alfonso.

The last public work of Nogueira in Vigo is probably also the migrant Monument opened in July 1971. Elapse until twenty years to recover Vigo interest in urban design. And just be one of his students, Silveiro Rivas, who go among others, star in the new stage.

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