The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Shortlist: David Medalla

David Medalla

Who? Born in the Philippines in 1942, at the age of 12 Medalla enrolled at Columbia University in New York upon the recommendation of American poet Mark van Doren. In the late 1950s he returned to Manila and met the Catalan poet Jaime Gil de Biedma and the painter Fernando Zóbel de Ayala, who became the earliest patrons of his art. He now lives and works in London, New York and Paris.

Trained at: The school of life.

The work: His work ranges fromsculpture and kinetic artto painting, installationand performance artand he draws inspirationfrom his various travelsand the people he meetsalong the way.

In his own words: “I think artists are really constructors of images and metaphors, and rarely could one be so arrogant as to say, ‘Look I’m going to change the world and discover DNA’.”

What others say: “An artist often overlooked in the Western canon of art history.” The Art Newspaper

Text: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Post