With over 50 years of experience, Chilean painter and ceramist Ricardo Yrarrázaval is regarded as “one of the most consistent and admired artists in the country,” according to El Mercurio. Through to October 13, you can experience the renowned work of Yrarrázaval for yourself free of charge at the exhibit Pintura y Gráfica (Paintings and Graphics) at D21 Galería de Arte in Santiago.
Yrarrázaval is one of the most important figures in contemporary Chilean painting. His work is characterized by his representations of the human figure and his portrayal of the human condition. For Yrarrázaval, loneliness is an intrinsic part of being human – and this theme has become a centerpiece of his art.
Yrarrázaval, now 78 years old, has enjoyed a long career of artistic study that spans multiple continents and mediums. He first began studying ceramics in his hometown of Santiago, and left Chile for Italy and France at the age of 20 to pursue courses in drawing and painting. He returned to Chile in 1954 dedicated to painting and ceramics, and shortly after returned to Europe to study ceramics in France and London.
Upon returning to Chile in 1960, the artist took an extensive tour through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and the dry deserts of northern Chile – a trip that would spark his interest in our relationship with vast, empty spaces. In more recent years, Yrarrázaval has put down the paintbrush to pursue lithography and digital image creation through computer programs like Photoshop.
Pintura y Gráfica encompasses a wide rage of the artist’s work from the 1980s to the present. A variety of mediums are showcased, including enamel, oil paintings, and digital graphic images. This broad exhibit of nearly 40 pieces lets the viewer take in the experimental nature of Yrarrázaval’s work.
The most unique element on display at the show are Yrarrázaval’s drawings and free-sketches. While the artist has been doing these images in his notebooks for years at his home in Isla Negra, he never thought they would be on display. These small drawings show a more personal and spontaneous side to Yrarrázaval.
When and where
Pintura y Gráfica is on display from now until October 13 at D21 Galería de Arte, located at Nueva de Lyon 19, Depto. 21, Providencia (Metro Los Leones). The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entrance is free.