- Photo via Deredia.com -

Published on Monday, October 4, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to his extensive career representing the country with his sculptures, the Congress declared Jorge Jiménez-Martínez a Citizen of Honor.

Jiménez, known as Deredia, for changing his second surname Martínez to the pseudonym "Deredia" which means that he was born in Heredia Province.

The artist was born in Heredia city, in 1954. His first studies were done at the Conservatorio Castella. In the 1970s he began to create his artistic works. HIs influence has heavy "evidence, on the one hand, the development of organic forms, their growth, their reactions to the environment, the force of gravity and also the influence by pre-Columbian art," according to his website Deredia.com.

Deredia, at the age of 22, in 1976, moved to Italy after winning a scholarship granted by the Italian government and began to travel through Europe where he learned the main artistic movements of the continent.

In 1976, he made his first art exhibition at the National Theater. Since then, he has had exhibits in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China, the United States, El Salvador, Peru, Panama, Venezuela, Mexico and Guatemala.

Deredia was recognized for being the first Latin American sculptor to place a sculpture in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

On the occasion of the celebration of the Great Jubilee, the Saint Peter's Factory commissioned the artist to create the statue of Saint Marcellin Champagnat which was placed in the Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

The statue was revealed on September 20, 2000, in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

One of Deredia's works that could be better known to the people in Costa Rica, is the marble sculpture dedicated to Pope John Paul II, which was installed in 2006 in the Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown San José.

Have you seen the Deredia sculptures outside of Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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