Spanish sculptor and engraver Jaume Plensa was named Monday as the recipient of the 2013 Velazquez Prize for reinventing the plastic language of sculpture with designs of great "aesthetic intensity."
The winner of the prize, with its 100,000 euros ($135,560) cash award, was announced by Spain's minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Jose Ignacio Wert.
The jury noted in its decision "the coherence of a career in which he has thoroughly reinvented the plastic language of sculpture, integrating poetry and conceptualization in designs of great aesthetic intensity."
Plensa, a winner of the National Graphic Arts Prize and the National Plastic Arts Prize, received the news "with as much surprise and joy as gratitude," the minister said.
The Velazquez Prize, which was not awarded last year, was established by the Spanish Culture Ministry in 2002 to reward the life's work of Ibero-American creators of the plastic arts, with the goal of making it "the Cervantes Prize of the arts."
Past winners include Spaniards Ramon Gaya, Antoni Tapies, Pablo Palazuelo, Antonio Lopez and Antoni Muntadas, as well as the Mexican Juan Soriano, the Brazilian Cildo Meireles, and Colombia's Doris Salcedo. EFE