Pilar Aldana-Mendez

Born in Bogota, Colombia, 1963. She has lived and worked in Barcelona since 1985.

Graduated from the Sculpture Department at the City Art School in Barcelona (Escuela Llotja
de Barcelona, currently Escuela Industrial de Barcelona), Spain, 1990. Studied stone sculpture
at Mariano Andrés-Vilella’s Atelier in Barcelona, Spain, 1990–1995. Studied glass sculpture at Fundación Centro del Vidrio de Barcelona, Barcelona Glass Centre, Spain, 1992–1996.

She has received several awards, including a talent award, the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, Museum Kunspalast, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1997, and has been selected for many sculpture and glass competitions.

She participated in 10 individual exhibitions in Spain and Poland, and in more than 80 group exhibitions in Spain, Austria, Andorra, Colombia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, India, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Japan, and the USA.

She creates monumental site-specific and small format sculptures and installations. She works
in glass, stone and wood, and uses other materials and special light and sound effects. She has placed more than 40 monumental sculptures in natural areas and outdoor museums in Europe, Africa and America.

She gives conferences, writes articles for specialist magazines and blogs, and has made documentary videos about sculpture techniques. She organizes events in Barcelona, currently as part of the oh!BCN group, has been Cultural Manager for the Catalan Glass Art Association, ACAV, and is an active member of international glass and sculpture associations.

She plays flute in a jazz band.