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Nestor Basterretxea
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Born
Nestor Basterretxea Arzadun

(1924-05-06)6 May 1924
Died 12 July 2014(2014-07-12) (aged 90)
Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Sculptor, Painter, Film producer

Nestor Basterretxea Arzadun (6 May 1924 – 12 July 2014) was a Basque-Spanish artist. He was born in Bermeo, Biscay. In the 1950s and 60s, he worked along with other artists such as Jorge Oteiza, Remigio Mendiburu, and Eduardo Chillida.

In the 1980s Basterretxea was the Culture Councillor for the Basque Government for two years. Towards the end of that decade, he created two of his best known works: La Paloma de Paz (Peace Dove). It was installed in la Zurriola, Donostia (San Sebastian) and later on moved to a roundabout outside the Anoeta Stadium of the same city. In 1989, he created the Monument to the Basque Shepherd. It was installed in Reno, Atlanta.

Basterretxea died in his home in Hondarribia in the morning of 12 July 2014, at the age of 90.

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