About the artist:
Born in Paris, France in 1921, Zañartu moved to his native Chile in 1938, establishing himself as an artist. In 1944 he traveled to New York to study with Stanley W. Hayter in the Atelier 17, becoming associate director of the studio in New York until 1949 and subsequently in the Paris studio from 1950 to 1957. He taught printmaking, painting and drawing in various prestigious institutions. Linked to Surrealism, the works of Zañartu remind us, in certain formal aspects of dream landscapes and abstract Miró, although the Chilean artist is often suggested the presence of Latin American regions, such as Machu Picchu and the Cordillera de Los Andes, marking one of the differences with the Spanish painter. In 1944, during a stay in the U.S., decided to use his mother's surname to move into the art circuit, differing and his brother, the famous painter Nemesio Antúnez. Installed in New York, joined the "Atelier 17", a development center engraving, directed by W. Hayter. Enrique Zañartu given the responsibility to take charge of the branch that opened shop in Paris in 1950 and remained in that position for about seven years. Zañartu was also a professor at several universities worldwide. Although dominated all printmaking techniques, however Zañartu was devoted primarily in painting, in this, he developed a personal mythology that somehow becomes a twentieth-century mythology, characters wandering, wandering totems at sunset, near strange sea arising from the border between life and death, lovers who wander as lost under a gray cosmos, horizons unusual, something dark ... There is a special loneliness that surrounds his characters, loneliness that somehow relates to the insular nature of Chile, a country surrounded by the Andes, the Antarctic, the ocean, the desert, in turn, this isolation is also suffered by each human being. Enrique Zañartu received in 1958 the Guggenheim International Award in U.S. In 1963 he received the Critics Award in Santiago, Chile. Exhibited countless times, in various museums and galleries in cities around the world, such as Santiago, Paris, Lima, Berlin, Caracas, Havana and Bogotá. He held numerous one man and collective shows in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Solo shows include Galerie Springer, Berlin (1952), Pan-American Union, Washington DC (1956); Galerie Karl Flinker, París (1962), Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima (1963), Galería Buchholz, Munich (1967), and Retrospective 1946-1993 at the Galería Tomás Andreu, Santiago, Chile (1994). Collective shows include the Sao Paulo Biennial (1957); the Tokyo Biennial of Graphic Art (1957), Internationale Grafik, Oldenburg Kunsteverein, Germany (1968), Artistes Latino-Americains de Paris, Grand Palais, París (1974), and Latin America and Surrealism, Bochum Museum, Germany. His work creates the illusion of spaces of psychological tension through organic rather than figurative objects. SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS: 2006 - PicassoMio.com 1994 - Retrospective 1946-1993. Galeria Tomas Andreu. Santiago, Chile. 1967 - Galeria Buchholz. Munich, Germany. 1963 - Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo. Lima, Peru. 1962 - Galerie Kart Flinker. Paris, France 1956 - Pan-American Union. Washington, DC, USA. 1952 - Galerie Springer. Berlin, Germany. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2008 - Stanley Hayter and Enrique Zanartu - L'atelier 17 - L'Or du Temps, Paris 2006 - Arte Contemporáneo Chileno - Desde el Otro Sitio/Lugar - MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, Santiago 1974 - Latin American and Surrealism, Bochum Museum, Germany - Artiste Latino-Americains de Paris, Grand Palais. Paris, France. 1968 - Internationale Grafik, Oldenburg Kunsteverein, Germany. 1957 - Tokyo Biennial of Graphic Art, Tokyo, Japan - Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Born in Paris, France in 1921, Zañartu moved to his native Chile in 1938, establishing himself as an artist. In 1944 he traveled to New York to study with Stanley W. Hayter in the Atelier 17, becoming associate director of the studio in New