Born in Buenos Aires on the 19th of July, 1898
productive Painter and Sculptor, he won countless prizes and created
numerous works of unmatched quality.
1909-1914 Studies drawing and modeling at
Unione e Benevolenza, the "Salvator Rosa" Academy of Tobías Palese and the
Society Stimulus of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. 1915-1918
Carries out studies at the National School of Fine Arts (Academy), from
which he graduates with a teacher’s degree.
1920 First presentation at the National Salon,
where his statue "Her" obtains Third Prize of Sculpture. 1922 Second
presentation at the National Salon. He is awarded a Second National Prize
and a Municipal Prize for his work "Struggle". Other works of that same year
are "My friend J.G". and "Man’s Head".
1923 First trip to Europe. Studies with Antoine
Bourdelle at "La Grande Chaumière" in Paris. Trips to England and Italy and
tours around France.
1924 Returns from Europe. Contacts the "Martín
Fierro" group. His sculpture "Alpha" obtains a Second Municipal Prize.
1925 Executes "Funeral Relief", "Resigned",
"Serene Fountain” (First Municipal Prize), "Rebel", "Old Man’s Head" (First
Mention at the Autumn Salon of La Plata, (Buenos Aires Province), First
Prize and acquisition for the Buenos Aires Province Museum at the Third
Salon of the Fine Arts Circle of La Plata (Buenos Aires Province). "Summer
Song", relief placed in Concordia, (Entre Ríos Province).
1926 His bronze sculpture "Purity" wins the
First National Prize and the Second Municipal Prize. He executes "Portrait
of poet J. Fijman" and a funeral relief for his parents’ grave.
with the painter Raquel Forner. 1927 He relates
with Alfredo Guttero. "Portrait of Raquel Forner" in bronze.
1928 He is appointed drawing teacher at the
National Industrial School and at the National Fine Arts School. He executes
three bronze reliefs: "Grief", "Prayers" and "Alma Mater".
1929 Obtains the Great Municipal Prize of
Sculpture at the XV Rosario Salon, Santa Fe Province, for his relief
trip to Europe, where he visits France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Belgium,
Holland and England.
1930 On his return to Argentina he wins the
First Prize for six works at the Watercolor, Pastel and Engraving Artist’s
Salon. 1932 Together with Raquel Forner,
Alfredo Guttero and Pedro Domínguez Neira he launches the "Free Courses of
Plastic Arts " at a studio in the Barolo building, where he teaches drawing
and sculpture. He executes the relief "Descent", in terracotta.
1934 "Portrait of Pedro Domínguez Neira", in
1935 He is awarded the Great National Prize of
Sculpture at the XXV Plastic Arts National Salon for his work "Dawn", head
carved in stone inspired by Raquel Forner. He executes two heads,
"Small-town lady", bronze and "Woman’s head", carved directly on stone.
1936 Marries Raquel Forner. Executes "Homage to
Fernando Fader" bronze plaque (placed in the School Nº 250, of Ischilín) and
a relief for Alfredo Guttero’s grave. He participates with a maquette in the
contest for the monument to Simón Bolívar, where he wins a third prize. He
is appointed vice-president of the Argentine Society of Plastic Artists. In
1938 he participates with a project and comes out winner in the contest for
the monument to Bartolomé Mitre. He builds his house in the San Telmo
1937 Wins the Great Prize of Sculpture at the
Paris International Exhibition with his work "Woman’s Head", in stone. 1938
Actively works on the execution of the Monument to Bartolomé Mitre.
1939 He executes a maquette for the contest for
the monument to J.B. Alberdi and a relief "Natural Treasures of Argentina",
at the behest of the National Fine Arts Committee, for the national stand at
the International Exhibition of New York. He executes the figures of the
Monument to Bartolomé Mitre. 1940 Inauguration
of the Monument to Bartolomé Mitre in La Plata, (Buenos Aires Province).
Preparatory works for the monument to Julio A. Roca in Choele Choel, (Rio
Negro Province), in collaboration with the architects Eduardo Lanús, Enrique
Lanús and Federico Woodgate.
studies for the Monument to the Flag in collaboration with the sculptor José
Fioravanti and the architects Bustillo and Guido, a work that will demand
Bigatti’s full attention till 1952.
1941 Appointed president of the Argentine
Society of Plastic Artists. The first monograph about Bigatti is published
(Buenos Aires, Ediciones Plástica). 1942-1952
Works for the National Monument to the Flag, Rosario (Santa Fe Province).
1946 Project of the monument to Franklin D.