Traveling Exhibition, My Ancient Land : Paintings by Jacqueline Unanue in Barcelona

My Ancient Land, Cueca a Pablo Neruda I, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 57.5"x 73.5", Inspired by Chilean composer  Eulogio Dávalos
My Ancient Land, Cueca a Pablo Neruda V, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 27"x 35" (70x 90 cm)   | Inspired by Chilean composer  Eulogio Dávalos
Traveling Exhibition
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015

An exhibition at Centro Cultural La Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, Spain of paintings by Jacqueline Unanue inspired by Chilean classical composers René Amengual, Eulogio Dávalos, Juan Orrego-Salas, Enrique Soro, Sylvia Soublette, and Jorge Urrutia in Barcelona, Spain

September 15- October 16 | 2015

Tuesday September 15, 7:30  pm

Curated by
Gloria Garafulich-Grabois

Sponsored by
the General Consulate of Chile in Barcelona

Gallery hours
Monday to Friday
10 am – 1 pm and 4 – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm.

Valencia 302, 08025 Barcelona, Spain


Phone: 93 488 0590 / Email:


Sala de Arte Embassy of Chile, Washington DC
3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA, USA
Sala Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile
Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, Spain


The series titled My Ancient Land expresses Ms. Unanue’s visual inspiration of a selection of compositions of an outstanding group of Chilean composers, who represent the “classical musical voice” of Chile in dynamic, vibrant and expressive works of art that have been created using different techniques and mediums but that convey the deep love of the artists’s native land and her understanding of the magic of these compositions.

— Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Curator


Jacqueline Unanue paints from the unconscious: a lyrical abstraction of uncontrollable feelings.

In 1910, when Kandinsky reached abstraction in the visual arts, he did it through music as this has — by nature — always been the language of abstraction.

In her works, Jacqueline Unanue establishes a bond from her paintings her interpretation of the music of great composers is from the motions provoked by a world of sensations: the feeling that stems from music that thrives to communicate with colors the inner feeling; with strokes of great freedom to capture the feeling of extension to the body with this one motion, and not to allow the fusion of these two abstract worlds to be hindered by reason, even for an instant.

Jacqueline Unanue takes on this challenge with her full essence--the one of a visual artist. Unanue takes all that music offers with its abstract language, to re-interpret it and she then creates a unique  re-interprets it and with it she creates a unique, independent and solid work:  a new universe.

The profoundness of acting from the subconscious has been apparent in the whole of the twentieth century and part of the twenty-first. We could say that in Unanue’s works reflect the informal attitude of the action paintings of the 40s and 50s--like Pollock and about her forms more closely attributed to Armenian artist Gorky. This attitude is visible in the magnificently collection of her traveling exhibit starting in Washington DC and culminating in Barcelona.

— Daniel Santelices Plaza, PHD in Art History, University of Navarra, Spain


Jacqueline Unanue is a Chilean born and also Spanish visual artist, living since year 2000 in Philadelphia PA, United States.

M.F.A Graphic Design, School of Design, Universidad de Chile, Valparaíso, Chile
Rock Art research and studies in Chile and Altamira caves, Santander, Spain
Critic’s Award in Visual Art, Association of Art Critics, Valparaíso, Chile

Twice she has obtained grants sponsored by DIRAC, Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, for her exhibition in Quito, Ecuador, and at Inter-American Development Bank IDB, Washington DC, United States. Recently she was awarded the 2015 Latin American Women in the Arts & Culture Tribute in New York representing Chile. 

Since 1983 she has been exhibited in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Chile, Spain, Finland, Ecuador, Argentina, and the United States—in galleries in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York.

Unanue currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband designer and artist Ricardo Guajardo.

She is represented by the 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia.  


Centro Cultural La Casa Elizalde
Valencia 302
Barcelona 08025
93 488 0590