Lobsang Durney, Surrealist from Chile

Who is Lobsang Durney? A visionary surrealist painter who interprets with his brushes a symphony of colors. Valparaíso has big eyes that intimidate.  It is an enchanted city.  A recognizable bus among everyone else, yellow and green, ended his life in this unusual place. Despite this feeling of Revelation, the mechanics of life continues. The paradox of destruction conveys its message. 

The imagination is not content with the limits imposed by reality. 

She has the ability to create other parallel worlds. That is magic. 


Lobsang has developed his own line: selected environments, elaborate staging, transmission of a message, freedom of interpretation of that message emanating from the heart of Valparaíso.   The message is definitely related to its Chilean origins but ultimately, outside of its context, it belongs only to the imagination of its spectator.


In his last exhibition “Doble Estandar” ("Double Standards"), Lobsang raises the question of an economic power that, at present, permeates all life experiences, unifying them.  Optimistically, we give in to a schizophrenic exercise of consuming and being consumed.  We move between impossible sincerity and false flattery, between the voracious eagerness of success or its weak simulation. 


Suppressed bodies, demolished architectures, miseries and contradictions of the social corpus are revealed in the art of the exhibition. The artist has removed the veils, exposing to light a bizarre socioeconomic entity that, as Mark Fisher defines it is: “infinitely plastic, capable of metabolizing and absorbing any object with which it makes contact".  Lobsang machinery alludes to a dreamlike detritus culture. Located on the periphery of degradation, organic-mechanical contraptions refer, as Burroughs says, to "a soft machine", in useless struggle against the entropic dispersion of its parts.