-  Biography


Santiago de Chile, 1979

Guadalupe Valdés has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with an Academic Certificate in Philosophy and Art History studies from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

She developed her painting in Berlin at the Flutgraben Art Factory from 2002 to 2004, as well as in Miami from 2012 to 2013.

She has shown her work in diverse individual and collective exhibitions in Chile, New York, Miami, Washington, Berlin, Essen, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Lima.

In her works of art, life and art are intertwined and nourish each other reciprocally.

Color and its different possibilities become a part of this process as a language tool.

Although her reflection stems from particular events, her work characterizes itself for articulating the processes of being and memory through investigation and pictorial landscapes.

An example of this are the European landscape paintings as a register of her stay in Germany from 2002 to 2004. This is in addition to her characteristic Peregrinos del Aire pieces, which consist of birds in a round format as symbols for the eternal return of nature’s cycles and fertility, which arose from her maternity.

Her latest individual show combines her two-year stay in Miami with her interest for appropriating Chilean painting and landscapes. Guadalupe collected pieces by amateur painters from flea markets and then intervened them, resulting in a summation of broken-up times, stories, and memories. These exercises were vital in order to present “Vencer el Olvido” at Galería Isabel Aninat (2015).

For 2022, Guadalupe is developing a project titled ANDES/ALPES, with which she intends to bring art and science together. The project involves the study and evolution of both mountain ranges approached from geology and translated with the language of painting, producing pieces that will later be exhibited at the MAVI.

For this purpose, she spend September of this year at a residence in Austria (St. Christoph am Arlberg), financed by Huebner Kennedy Stiftung.

For the end of 2019, she is preparing Infinite Vitality of Matter, an artist’s book that will be exhibited in the context of the COP25 Casas de lo Matta, in December of 2019. 

In May of 2020, part of this piece will travel to Spain and Portugal for a collective exhibition of Chilean contemporary art.

The artist has the conviction that color and its emotions are a key stimulus for learning. Driven by this belief, she has led workshops for children in Putre, Aysén/Puerto Tranquilo, and Concepción, as well as at the Child Protection Society and the Lo Barnechea Cultural Center, through Colorearte.  Her most recent workshop was held with a Huilliche community on the island of Chiloé.

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Artwork foundations

I try to get to know and interpret nature from a restless point of view. I’m interested in its formations, its tectonic movements, the fluctuations of its waters, and the processes and forces that emanate from beneath the ground. Admiring and giving thanks for what I discover also leads me to take care of it.

The memory of our natural patrimony is the foundation of artistic creation, and I intend to offer a broad and stimulating exploration of it.

To recover the value of a limpid landscape and become enchanted by it, penetrating its original fluidity, conceiving it as a living organism in which everything is interrelated: its patterns, rhythms, the way in which the millions of years that have passed manifest themselves. Primeval and immersive landscapes, sketches, traces of paint, palettes, rags, and even rocks reveal that based on the same morphology, we are all in constant transformation. There is an evolution of the species, of matter, and even of our mountain ranges.

For this very reason, I think that many of our HUMAN BEING’s answers can be found in nature. With a pictorial language that brings us back to the natural world –amidst this contemporary mayhem—, my work seeks out a different way of grasping the world and inhabiting it.

It is a small particle of something global, something infinitely macroscopic; a small truth from nature, which is also silently our own.