Jiménez Deredia

Life’s Journey. 

10th of August – 19th of February 2024. 

Cívitas Puerto Banús, Marbella.  


‘Life’s Journey’ is the international exhibition of the Italian-Costa Rican artist that transmits a message of hope and encourages dialogue between art and public space as a vital form of social relevance. Cívitas Puerto Banús, in collaboration with Jiménez Deredia, brings this monumental exhibition for the first time to the city of Marbella, that can be visited until February 19th, 2024 in the streets and docks of the marina.

Jiménez Deredia, sculptor and architect, explains that his inspiration is the pre-Columbian stone spheres made by the ancient Boruca culture in Costa Rica more than 2,000 years ago. His artistic and philosophical thought is Transmutative Symbolism, and Genesis represents the maximum expression of it.


The six sculptures: Sueño, Crepúsculo, Encanto, Arrullo, Conciencia and Refugio pieces of marble and bronze that, through their circular and ovoid shapes, accompany the viewer on a fluid and harmonious journey. Through cosmological symbology, the artist describes the evolution and at the same time the transformation of matter.

Jiménez Deredia's exhibition at Cívitas Puerto Banús
Jiménez Deredia's exhibition at Cívitas Puerto Banús

Jiménez Deredia, born on October 4, 1954 in Heredia, Costa Rica, graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy.

In 2000, Pope John Paul II commissioned him to carry out the statue of Saint Marcellin Champagnat that was placed in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican inside a niche designed by Michelangelo Buonarotti between 1544 and 1564.

In 2006 he was named “Accademico corrispondente della Classe di Scultura” by the Florence Academy of Arts and Drawing and during its long history he has been named academic of the institution: Miguel Ángel Buonarotti, Palladio and Galileo Galilei, among others.

Life’s Journey


‘Life’s Journey’, by Jimenez Deredia, is the fifth exhibition of international sculptures that Cívitas Puerto Banús has programmed at its facilities, which have already seen ‘My Secret Garden’, by the Belgian artist Arne Quinze; ‘Here we are’, by the Japanese Leiko Ikemura, ‘JoGis Bear’, by the national artist born in the Catalan Pyrenees Jordi Gil Fernández and ‘Las Torres de la Alhambra’ by the Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarrón.

Jiménez Deredia's exhibition at Cívitas Puerto Banús
Jiménez Deredia - Life’s Journey – Crepusculo



Jiménez Deredia is a sculptor and architect born in Heredia, Costa Rica, in 1954, internationally recognized as a creator of public art through sculpture and his artistic ideology, ‘Transmutative Symbolism’. He received his Bachelor of Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy, and studied architecture at the University of Florence.


Deredia has held outdoor exhibitions in many capitals and cities around the world, a career that began in 2003. From Florence to Rome, from Valencia to Trapani, from Boca Raton to La Baule in France, from Genoa to San José in Costa Rica, from Mexico City to Miami in the United States. In his 55 years of activity, this singular Latin American artist and thinker has sculpted monumental works in marble and cast in bronze for museums and public places in Europe, the United States of America, Asia and Latin America, carrying his message of peace and hope with the most physical of arts: sculpture.

Contact Jiménez Deredia on [email protected]



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