A SOTOGRANDE artist has scooped a prestigious award for his religious sculptures, which adorn several Spanish churches – as well as the Vatican.

Marco Augusto Duenas picked up his Club de Medios award  given to high achievers in art, journalism and sport at Madrid’s Ritz Hotel, alongside TV presenter and model Beatriz Montanez and bullfighter Palomo Linares.

Marco, 40, originally from Cordoba and married to an Englishwoman, works with marble and bronze, taking up to two years to turn what can be 80,000-kilo blocks into five-metre-tall statues.

“To receive this award is a dream,” he said.