Chilean Art

A different perspective

When we keep looking at the world from the same perspective, we learn nothing new.  

If we keep walking by the same building, we only notice its facade.  If we get to know a person only in the professional environment, we don’t get to know this person really.  If we look at the horizon, we might not notice its curvature.  And if we only experience the world around us with our own eyes, we might miss an opportunity to learn how others see the same world.

In this exhibition, we collected several paintings by contemporary artists from Chile.  Chile, a country in South America thousands of miles away from our homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, is still part of the same planet.

The artists and their work in this exhibit touch upon the same subjects as we encounter in our lives.  The same issues that we encounter, read in the news, notice on the streets, they encounter as well.  Homeless on the streets, the global pandemic, a great political divide, a melting pot of cultures and culture clashes.  Yet, they have a different perspective, a different angle for the same issues.  And that angle is different enough to be intriguing.  And that perspective is communicated to us through the language we can all understand.

Brexit Consequence. Oil on canvas, 2019

Lobsang Durney

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Luces Invisibles. Oil on canvas, 2018

Eduardo Mena

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Floating Future. Acrylic on canvas, 2020

Cristina Vera Aguilar

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Refugio. Watercolor on paper, 2017

Luis “Beto” Martinez

Homeless. Acrylic on canvas, 2018

Chuchin Gutierrez

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One World, Multiple Perspectives

In this exhibition, we presented five contemporary Chilean artists.  The works selected focused on contemporary issues that most of us are familiar with.  The same issues we have opinions on,  we have read about and most likely, we have seen them addressed from our own American perspective.

We started this exhibition with the premise that if we look at issues only from one perspective, we learn nothing in.  We are just regurgitating the same narrative.  We are presented with similar points of views, similar language, both verbal and visual.  

One question remains:

What is it that these Chilean artists see that we don’t?