José María Pelayo Biography

Montevideo, Uruguay, 1956

Established Uruguayan sculptor Jose Maria Pelayo works in an conceptual style with a marked Latin American language. The atmosphere and magic typical of the Latin American spirit are fundamental in his work.

He received his artistic training at the Instituto San Francisco de Asis and at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales in Montevideo. In 1989 he received a fellowship for young artists in the United States, Victor Program Service of Meridian House International, visitingWashington, Chicago, New York, and in 2002 he was invited to The International Phallus Carving contest in South Korea.

Pelayo has also directed a sculpture studio at the Taller Clever Lara, and currently directs the private sculpture studio "Taller Pelayo". He was also the founder and docent for "Talleres del Sur" at the Museo Joaquin Torres Garcia.

Selected Exhibitions

2007 -

2006 - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de El Pais, Uruguay. - Sala Saez MTOP, Montevideo, Uruguay. - Galeria Paseo de la Matriz, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2004 - La Pedrera, Rocha, Uruguay. 2000 - Galeria Principium. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1999 - Museo Torres Garcia, Uruguay.

1997 - Fundacion Don Simon Patiño, Bolivia.

1996 - Centro Cultural Ciudad Municipalidad de Miraflores, Uruguay.

1993 - Museo de Arte Corriente Alterna, Lima, Peru. - Alianza Francesa, Uruguay.

1992 - MAAM, Uruguay.



  • 1989 - Revelation award, given by the Art Critics Society of Uruguay. br> - 1988 - PAN AM Grand Prize. Bienal de Maldonado (MAAM) Travel to New York City.
  • 1988 - First Prize for Sculpture, ICUB - Uruguayan-Brazilian Cultural Institute.
  • 1987 - First Prize. Third National Edition of Exhibition of Young Fine Artists, Coca-cola.
  • 1987 - Honorable Mention Premio Belloni.
  • 1986 - First Prize for Sculpture MAAM. City Bank Award.
  • 1985 -Paul Cezanne Prize, given by the French Embassy.
  • 1985 - Invited Artist: INCA Award
  • 1983 - Finalist: Paul Cezanne Prize.

****Museums & Collections

  • Museo Nacional de Artes Plasticas y Visuales, Montevideo
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Montevideo
  • Museo de Arte Americano de Maldonado
  • Museo Corriente Alterna, Lima, Peru
  • Museo Municipalidad de Miraflores, Peru