Jiménez Deredia

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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)

    “Couple” – “Pareja”

    Bronze. Edition of 6
    63 x 138 x 63 inches
    160 x 350 x 160 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)

    “Dream” – “Sueño”

    Bronze. Edition of 6
    63 x 88.5 x 51 inches
    160 x 225 x 130 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)


    Bronze. Edition of 8
    16 x 38 x 18 inches
    41 x 97 x 45 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)


    Bronze. Edition of 8
    17.5 x 28.5 x 17.5 inches
    45 x 73 x 45 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)


    Bronze. Edition of 8
    26 x 27.5 x 15.5 inches
    67 x 70 x 40 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)

    “Alchemy’s Genesis”

    Bronze. Edition of 6
    16 x 38 x 17.5 inches
    41 x 97 x 45 cm
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    Jiménez Deredia (b. 1954)


    Marble. Unique
    35.5 x 47 x 37.5 inches
    90 x 120 x 95 cm

Jiménez Deredia

Jimenez Deredia

Jorge Jiménez Martínez, whose art-name is Deredia, was born on 4th October 1954 in Heredia, Costa Rica. He started sculpting in the sev- enties creating pieces already bearing the signs and characteristics of what would become a constant throughout his successive works: the development of organic shapes modified by their environment, the force of gravity and growth; and the influence of pre-Columbian art. In 1976 at 22 years old, a study grant brought him to Italy where he settled and from here started to travel around Europe, coming into contact with the main artistic movements of the continent.

Deredia graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara and, between 1980 and 1986, he attended the Faculty of Architecture at Florence University. The intellectual stimulations of those years pro- foundly changed his approach to his artistic work and, immersed in the Florentine climate, he extended his interest in the Renaissance period. The intellectual fervor of that time pushed him to reflect extensively on the development of his own work. The perception of a globalised dimension of ‘being’ and the universe, forming the basis of his vision of life, developed and deepened thanks to a conscious return to the cultural origins of his own country. In his work, he started to reflect the extraordinary creative influence received by observing the monu- mental granite spheres, produced by the pre-Columbian civilization of the Borucas. Those artifacts of mysterious primordial strength moved the sculptor towards studies as much of shape and material used, as of function and symbology derived from the sphere and circle. By taking on the art-name “Deredia” (a contraction of “de Heredia” = “ originating from Heredia”), the artist’s conscious return to his cultural origins was underlined at that time as the source of his creative and philosophical inspiration.

In 1985, Deredia realized the first Geneses, a series of works depict- ing distinct phases of the mutation of matter in space over time, and lay the foundations for the creation of his personal theoretical-artistic ‘system’: Transmutative Symbolism. He participated in the 1988, 1993 and 1999 Venice Biennale; this Venetian experience was marked by his meeting with the celebrated art theorist and critic Pierre Restany. 

The friendship and collaboration born at that time would prove to be crucial to Deredia’s artistic and intellectual growth.

In 1999, the Fabbrica di San Pietro commissioned the sculptor to pro- duce a statue of San Marcellino Champagnat, which would be placed in one of the huge scale Michelangelo niches situated along the exter- nal perimeter of the basilica’s left transept. The sculpture was inaugu- rated by Pope John Paul II in the year of the Grand Jubilee and, with this work, Deredia became the first non-European artist to present one of his works within the key monument of Christianity. In 2006, af- ter an important personal exhibition held in Florence, he received the nomination of Correspondent Academician of the Sculpture Class by the Florentine Academy of Art and Design.

Since June to November 2009, Deredia carries out an important per- sonal exhibition in Rome. In this occasion the Roman Forum, and more precisely the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) that passes through it, for the first time in history hosted contemporary creations.

The profound reflection over the archetypal form of the sphere, put into theory with the idea of Transmutative Symbolism, brought the artist to conceive La Ruta de la Paz: a colossal project seeking to es- tablish nine monumental sculptural complexes, based on the cosmic principle of the sphere, in as many countries along the American con- tinent from Canada down to Tierra del Fuego.

In fortyseven years of work, Deredia has created monumental pieces for museums, external environments and public institutions in sixteen different countries in Europe, America and Asia. He has held 50 per- sonal exhibitions and over 100 collective exhibitions. 

One-man ShOWS

Mexico, Mexico City, Jiménez Deredia. Una Génesis para la Paz.
Spain, Valencia, Ciudad de las Ciencias y las Artes, El Tiempo y el Espacio en la escultura de Jiménez Deredia. 
Guatemala. Guatemala City. Ana Lucia Gómez Arte Latinoamericano. Homenaje a Jiménez Deredia. 
U.S.A. Miami. Ascaso Gallery. El Tiempo y el Espacio en la escultura de Jiménez Deredia. 
Italy.Trapani/Segesta (Sicily). Aeroport Birgi Vincenzo Florio, Corso Vittorio Emanuele (Trapani center), Piazza del Mercato del Pesce, archeological site of Segesta. Jiménez Deredia, la genesi e il simbolo - il mito contemporaneo.
Netherlands. Oisterwijk. Etienne Gallery and City Hall plaza of Oisterwijk. J. 
Panama. Panama City. Legacy Fine Art. Jiménez Deredia y el Simbolismo de la Esfera.
France. La Baule. Gare de La Baule - Escoublac, Parvis d’Atlantia, Place des Palmiers, Esplanade Francois André. Jiménez Deredia sculptures monumentales avec la ville de La Baule.
U.S.A. Miami. Tresart Gallery. A selection of Recent Sculptures by Jiménez Deredia. 
U.S.A. Miami. US Century Bank. Jorge Jiménez Deredia at Brickell Avenue.
China. Shangai. EXPO 2010.
Guatemala. Guatemala City. Galerìa Carlos Woods Arte Antiquo y Contemporaneo. 
China. Shangai. EXPO 2010.
Guatemala. Ciudad de Guatemala. Galerìa Carlos Woods Arte Antiquo y Contemporaneo. 
Italy. Rome. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Foro Romano, Colosseo, Museo Romano - Palazzo Massimo, Museo Romano Altemps, Deredia a Roma. 
U.S.A. Miami. US American Century Bank. Jorge Jiménez Deredia at Brickell Avenue. 
Italy. Florence. Limonaia del Giardino di Boboli, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Pitti, Piazzale della Galleria degli Uffizi.
Il Mistero della Genesi nella Scultura di Jiménez Deredia. 
Italy. Pietrasanta. Parco della Versiliana. La sfera, simbolo dell’essere.
Venezuela. Caracas. Galería Spatium. 
U.S.A. Miami. Americas Collection. El inicio del conocimiento.
Mexico. Monterrey. Galería Ramis Barquet. El inicio del conocimiento. 
Panama. Lecagy Fine Art Gallery.
Peru. Lima. Galería Lucía de la Puente. 
Panama. Legacy Fine Art Gallery.
Peru. Lima. Galería Lucía de la Puente. • U.S.A. Boca Raton. Boca Raton Museum of Art. 
El Salvador. San Salvador. Galería Espacio. 


Italy. La Spezia. Museo Amedeo Lia. 

Italy. Venice. XLVIII Venice Biennial. 
Spain. Madrid. Arco Exposition (Fair). Quintana Gallery. 
Italy. Montecatini Terme. Parco del Tettuccio. 
Costa Rica. San José. Teatro Nacional. • Costa Rica. San José. Galería Valanti. 
Costa Rica. San José. Galería Valanti. 
Italy. Venice. XLV Venice Biennial. • France. Paris. Gaymu Gallery.
France. Paris. Grand Palais (Decouvertes). 
Costa Rica. San José. Galería Valanti. 
U.S.A. Washington D.C. Modern Art Museum of Latin America.
France. Paris. Latin American House. • U.S.A. Washington D.C. Le Marie Trainier Gallery. 
Italy. Venice. XLIII Venice Biennial. 
Costa Rica. San José. Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica. 
Italy. La Spezia. Centro Allende. 1984
Italy. Pistoia. Galleria Turelli. 1983
Germany. Bonn. Dresdner Bank.
Germany. Frankfurt. Thermal of Bad Nauheim.
Germany. Munich. Dresdner Bank.
Italy. Milan. Galleria Cortina.
Italy. Rome. Italian-Latin American Institute.
Italy. Montecatini Terme. Museo Dino Scalabrino.
Italy. Pisa. Casciana Terme.
Italy. Sarzana. Palazzo Comunale.
Costa Rica. San José. Teatro Nacional.

Public collections 

Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica - Vatican City.
United States of America
Boca Raton - Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Washington - Museum of the Americas.
Houston. Texas - Latin American Medical Surgical Clinic.
Elkart. Indianapolis - GDS Diagnostic Division of GDS Tecnology. 
New York - Goldman Group.
Pietrasanta - Traffic circle between Via Aurelia and Via Unità d’Italia.
Foggia - Building of the Province.
Rome - Foreign Ministry of International Affairs.
Verona - Grand Hotel.
Isernia - D’Aloisio Family.
Costa Rica
Heredia - Centro Comercial Paseo de las Flores. • San José - Avenida Escazú.
San José - Metropolitan Cathedral.
San José - Jardines de la Casa Presidencial.
San José - Museo de Los Niños.
San José - Jardines del Teatro Nacional.
San José - Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica.
San José - Museo de Arte Costarricense.
San José - Banco Nacional de Costa Rica.
San José - Banco de San José.
San José - Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.
Coronado - Clínica de la Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.
San José - Banco Banex.
Cartago - Laboratorios Stein.
Alajuela - Jardines del Recuerdo.
Limón - Limón Cathedral.
San José - Jardín de esculturas del Museo de Arte Costarricense.
Guanacaste. Papagayo - main entrance to “proyecto Eco Desarrollo”.
El Salvador
San Salvador - Roble group.
Yugra, Tyumen Region.
La Baule - Gare de La Baule - Escoublac.
Paris - Latin American Gardens. Porte de Champerret.
Paris - Cristian Dior. Armand de Ponthaud Collection.
London - A. Saran Group.


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