Philip Aguirre y Otegui (°1961) lives and works in Antwerp. He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy in Antwerp and is a teacher at the Sint Lukas art school in Brussels. His sculptures are usually made from traditional materials such as bronze, terracotta , wood, clay or plaster and always portray a deep human tragedy. Current political issues, like the position of the individual in the context of migration, are an inspiration to the artist. Examples are the works ‘Matrasdrager’ (Biac, Zaventem), ‘Waterdrager’ (University of Antwerp), 'De man tegen de muur’ (Dexia collection, Brussels), ‘De man met de toeter’ (Kaprijke), ‘Speakercorner’ (Muzee, Ostend).
In 2008, the Mercator Foundation published the monograph ‘Sculptures’ on the work of Aguirre. Following this publication, the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp organized an exhibition in the Braem Pavilion.