I was born in Chile, South America. While studying design in the 1970s, I became interested in the rock art found in the many areas of my country. I visited the solitary and awe-inspiring valleys, mountains, deserts and rock formations of Chile, which are repositories of this art. I was encouraged to do further traveling research by Hans Niemeyer, a renowned archeologist. I traveled to Spain to study the pre-historic caves of Altamira in the Basque country, the home of my paternal ancestors.
My work springs from this research and exploration, and my connection to an ancient past.
For me, the fusion of cultures and experiences has been very prominent in my work. This extraordinary process began in April 2000, when I arrived in the U.S. for the first time. In 2020, I celebrated my 20th Anniversary of life and art in the U.S. In those 20 years, what originated from my original methods has developed into gestural paintings using free spontaneous brush strokes, to evoke a primal and expressionist mode of communication.
My inspirations have been quite diverse and numerous — the rock art of Chile; the music of Czech and Chilean composers; my ancestral places in Catalonia and The Basque Country. My environmental inspiration is reflected in my 2019 series Gaiamama, from Pachamama—the Andean Mother Earth; and Gaia—the primitive goddess of the Land of the Greek.
The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired my most recent series. This inspiration —as shown through my vibrant palette—reflects a significant contrast with the dark climate in which we now live.
With music as my muse, and meditation as my guide, I am enveloped with these transcendental and active elements of inspiration. While painting Meditations series, I listened to The Buddha’s Tears, Armenian music performed with its ancient traditional instrument, the duduk. It imparts a powerful connection, and with it, the sounds of a collective lament inherent of the current pandemic situation.
Gershwin’ Rhapsody in Blue, and currently Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons has energized and encouraged the colorful brush strokes that are both musical and gestural, as well.
Textile Art, Centro Arte (Art Center), Viña del Mar, Chile, 1986 and 1987.
M.F.A Graphic Design, School of Design, Universidad de Chile, Valparaíso, Chile, 1982.
Rock Art, Pre-Columbian Native Art studies, with renowned Archaeologist and Rock Art specialist Hans Niemeyer F., Santiago, Chile, 1976 and 1977.
Drawing, Painting and Art History, Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts), Viña del Mar, Chile, 1975.
Graphic Design, School of Design, Universidad de Chile, Valparaíso, Chile, 1972-1977.
GAIAMAMA | MEDITATIONS 2000- 2020, 20th Anniversary of Life and Art in the US, MuseGallery, Philadelphia PA, September 2020
September 2- 27, 2020
MI ANTIGUA TIERRA | Inspired by Chilean Classical Composers | Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois Traveling Exhibition USA, Chile, Spain
March 30 thru May 1st, 2016
3RD STREET GALLERY, PHILADELPHIA PA
First Friday: April 1st, 5- 9 pm
Artist Reception: Sunday April 3, 1- 4pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
45 N. 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106 / 215. 625. 0993 / www.3rdstreetgallery.com
A Fusion of Cultures, 20th Anniversary of Life and Art in the US, Solo Exhibition, Mc Nichol Gallery, Neuman University, Aston PA, October-December 2021
Gaiamama | Meditations 2000- 2020, 20th Anniversary of Life and Art in the US, MuseGallery, Philadelphia PA, September 2020
Almost 20, Asaph Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 2019
Journey: Catalonia & Euskadi, St. Asaph Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 2016. Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois
Mi Antigua Tierra/ My Ancient Land, Traveling Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2016. Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois
Mi Antigua Tierra/ My Ancient Land, Traveling Exhibition, Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, Spain, 2015. Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois
Mi Antigua Tierra/ My Ancient Land, Traveling Exhibition, Sala Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile, 2015.
Mi Antigua Tierra/ My Ancient Land, Traveling Exhibition, Sala de Arte, Embassy of Chile, Washington DC, USA, 2015. Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois
3rd Street Gallery, From The New World, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2014
La Galería, Dos Mujeres Dos Gestos (Two Women Two Gestures), a two person exhibit, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
3rd Street Gallery, Inner Codes, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2013
3rd Street Gallery, Ancient New Codes, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2011
University City Arts League, Ancient New Codes, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2011
3rd Street Gallery, Labyrinths, Philadelphia PA, USA, 2010
St. Asaph Gallery, Almost Forgotten Memory, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA, 2008
University City Arts League, States of Enlightenments, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2007.
Da Vinci Art Alliance, Eternal Signs, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2000.
Interamerican Development Bank, IDB Gallery, Washington D.C. USA. 2000.
Carmen Codoceo Gallery, Memoria Milenaria, La Serena, Chile, 1997.
Chilean–North American Institute, Memoria Milenaria, Santiago, Chile, 1997.
El Farol Gallery, Universidad de Valparaíso, Ritual, Valparaíso, Chile, 1996.