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Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

San Antonio Hosts City-Wide Retrospective Exhibit of Internationally-renowned Sculptor, Sebastián

Creator of Iconic Torch of Friendship will showcase works at 20+ locations

CONTACT: Carol Schliesinger, 210-207-6980


SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 3, 2019) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture unveiled today details of its upcoming city-wide exhibit. “Sebastián in San Antonio: 50+ Years / 20+ Sites / 100+ Works” features more than 100 works of the famed Mexican artist on display October 2019 through May 2020, in more than 20 locations accessible to the public. The featured works span the artist’s more than 50-year career and includes his entire private collection.


“This retrospective showcases San Antonio’s welcoming and artistic culture and the long history of collaboration between our city and Mexico,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, Department of Arts and Culture, City of San Antonio. “We are proud to bring this expansive exhibit to the city for all San Antonians and visitors to see.”


Exhibit locations include Torch of Friendship downtown, River Walk Art Garden, Historic Market Square, Spanish Governor’s Plaza, Spanish Governor’s Palace, Plaza Guadalupe, Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas, Semmes Library, Mission Marquee Plaza, Maverick Library, Central Library, San Antonio International Airport, Mexican Cultural Institute, UNAM, UTSA downtown campus, UTSA Library at 1604 campus, Institute for Texas Cultures, UT Health, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, Alamo Colleges District Headquarters, and The McNay Museum. For addresses and hours of operations, visit


“The Mexican Cultural Institute is committed to promoting the richness of our culture and traditions in San Antonio and in all of the United States. This is one of the reasons why we are very proud to participate in this city-wide retrospective of Mexican sculptor Sebastián, one of our most talented, prolific and recognized artists worldwide. Moreover, as the Torch of Friendship attests, his artwork has become a symbol of the long-standing ties between Mexico and San Antonio and I am certain that this ambitious project will be very successful to further enhance our unity and understanding,” said Minister Sergio Zapata Lozano, Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute.


Best known for his more than 200 monumental steel and concrete sculptures found around the world, Sebastián’s work has been shown in more than 190 solo exhibitions and in  Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, England, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Finland, the United States, France, Japan, Switzerland and Venezuela. Much of his sculptural work has kinetic appeal, even if the parts do not move. Geometric concepts are also very important to his work.


Sebastián is also the creator of the nearly two decades-old “Torch of Friendship” which stands at the intersection of Alamo and Commerce Streets. The Torch is a symbol of the longstanding friendship and history between San Antonio and Mexico over the years. The city-wide exhibit commemorates and expands the spirit of friendship between San Antonio and Mexico through art and culture in all 10 of San Antonio’s Council Districts, with pieces exhibited in each area.   


The Department of Arts & Culture partnered with several organizations for this exhibit, including the Mexican Cultural Institute, the University of Texas at San Antonio, The McNay, Alamo Area Colleges, Aeroméxico, San Antonio Public Library, Avenida Guadalupe Association, San Antonio International Airport, UT Health San Antonio, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Delta Airlines, Fundación Sebastian, Siempre Mexico, Hemisfair, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and University Health System.


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