Inauguration: Wednesday May 10, 6-8 pm
Open: Monday-Friday, 10-4 pm, free of charge
Chilean artist Jacqueline Unanue is part of the two person exhibition Atacama—an inspiring and rich Desert, at The Embassy of Chile to the United States, in Washington DC. Also exhibiting: Cristina Montero.
For this special exhibition curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, she is presenting part of her recent exhibition Atacama—my inspiring Desert, inspired by the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. Some of her recent work features colorful large-scale acrylic paintings.
The exhibition at the Embassy of Chile includes a total of approximately 15 works of the Atacama series, created during 2016-2017; as well as from the Still Atacama series, which was created during 2022-2023. Both series are inspired by her previous trips taken with her husband Ricardo Guajardo-Romero in 1980-1995, and subsequently in 2016 and 2018, to archeological sites especially rich in rock art, in the Atacama Desert.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jacqueline Unanue is a Chilean American artist of Spanish descent, who resides in the United States since 2000. She studied design at the Universidad de Chile of Valparaíso, and received formal training in drawing, painting, art history and textile art. While a student, she became interested in the rock art found in Chile where she met world-renowned archaeologist, Hans Niemeyer, who soon became her mentor. Together with her husband Ricardo Guajardo Romero, also an artist and designer, she traveled extensively through Chile’s Atacama Desert, doing on-site rock art research. She also traveled to Spain to study the pre-historic paintings of the Altamira caves in the Basque Country, which being the home of her paternal ancestors.
Unanue has received numerous awards and grants and has widely exhibited her work in Chile, Spain, Finland, Ecuador, and Argentina, as well as in galleries in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Chicago, and New York. Her work can also be found in many private and public collections in the Americas and Europe. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, and is represented by Muse Gallery, Philadelphia.
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