José Abad

José Abad is a contemporary sculptor who was born in La Laguna in 1942. His work features a strong presence of metal, which he has been using in his sculptures since the sixties. From the eighties, he began to create a number of monumental works that are on display in public areas.Las Siete Islas is a sculptural ensemble located in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife that has been added to a piece he had already made using the remains of a plane crash, which was presented during the 1st International Street Sculpture Exhibition. Ever since 2007, his work entitled Pareja Esperando a Óscar, inspired by the work of the painter Óscar Domínguez, has also been part of Santa Cruz de Tenerife's urban landscape. However, Abad's most popular piece among locals and visitors is the series of bronze statues of Menceyes Guanches (the Guanche kings) that have stood since 1993 outside the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias in Candelaria. Although it is considered that the first creations by José Abad belonged to the impressionist school, in 1964 he moved closer to found-object art, showing subsequent signs of Martín Chirino's influence.