Jacqueline Unanue

Jacqueline Unanue

Philadelphia PA, PA, United States

About Jacqueline Unanue

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.

Education

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.

Events

GAIAMAMA | MEDITATIONS 2000- 2020, 20th Anniversary of Life and Art in the US, MuseGallery, Philadelphia PA, September 2020
September 2- 27, 2020
www.musegalleryphiladelphia.com

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

Exhibitions

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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.

Guayasamín Foundation, Ritual, Quito, Ecuador, 1996.

Les Bernardes Gallery, Els Esperits Viatgers, Salt-Gerona, Catalonia, Spain, 1989.

Universidad de Concepción Art Gallery, Los Eternos Danzantes, Chile, 1987.

El Farol Gallery, Universidad de Valparaíso, Los Eternos Danzantes, Chile, 1986.

Goethe Institut, Imágenes del Silencio, Santiago, Chile, 1985.

Viña del Mar Gallery, Arte Rupestre Chileno, Viña del Mar, Chile, 1983.

Enrico Bucci Gallery, Arte Rupestre Chileno, Santiago, Chile, 1983.

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Poised and Forceful, Park Towne Place, Philadelphia PA, July-December 2020. Curated by Inliquid,

Composition in Concert, organized by Da Vinci Art Alliance, International House, Philadelphia PA, 2019. Juried by Bill Timmins.

Art Show 2019 fundraiser “Roots”, OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island, NY. Southampton Cultural Center. Curated by Amy Worth & Hector de Coórdova, Southampton, NY, 2019

Perennial Visions, Members' Exhibition, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA, 2018

Small Wonders, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2018. Juror: Susan Badder

Strokes of Genius, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2018. Juror: Joey Manlapaz.

Last Impressions, Members' Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018

All Together Now! POST 2018 Members' Annual Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018

50th Forever: A 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2018

Art In City Hall: Summer of Love, juried exhibition, Curated by Ona Kalstein

Kind of Blue Exhibition, Heavy Bubble, Carpenter Studios, Philadelphia PA, 2018

July Summer Sale, Members' Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018

Benefit Exhibition for Friends of Rail Park, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018

We Imagine13, Associate Members' Annual Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018

Winter Juried Collection, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2018
Juror: Luella Tripp