Posts Tagged ‘chile’

Artist of the moment……..Manuel Ortiz de Zarate


Manuel Zarate was a painter of the figure, the landscape, and also the floral still life in a modernist style. Manuel Zarate was born in  Coma, Italy in the year 1886. He was born to a very artistic family and his father was a Chilean composer.

Zarate also worked in a Cubist manner for a period.

Zarate studied privately with a well known painter named Pedro Lira before attended the National School for the Arts located in Santiago, Chile.

The artist took for Paris, France in 1904 and met such modernist painters as Amedeo Modigliani. Whilst in Paris Zarate attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Paris, France.

During World War 2 the artist lived in France and after the war was over he moved to the United States.  Zarate would pass away in the United States in 1946.

Price range information: Works range from ink and pastel works starting at $10,000 to original oils which can reach $200,000. Zarate also worked in gouache and watercolors.

Manuel Zarate passed away in 1946.



Dynamic artist families..Roberto Matta and family

Roberto Matta was a wonderful abstract and surrealist painter born in Santiago, Chile in the year 1911. At first his collegiate studies focused on architecture at the Pontificia Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He dropped out of school and headed to Paris in 1933.  He met artist Andre Breton who convinced him he should be an artist and to follow the Surrealist movement. Finally in 1937 Roberto Matta joined the Surrealist movement.

price range information: Depending on chosen medium, most works priced between $5,000 and $300,000.

This was a magical time for the visual arts of Europe and Paris. Whilst in Paris Matta was able to meet many renown  artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Le Corbusier.

Matta moved to the United States in the late 1930s. At this time he began to paint in oils in addition to his surrealist drawings.

Gained a large amount of recognition for his “inscape” series. This series dealt with the psyche of man. This series was great for its intellectual ideas. Before, no one had tried to paint the inside of a mind. It was ground breaking just for its subject matter.

Roberto Matta passed away in 2002.

An awesome clip that shows his “inscape” series below.

A montage of all of his works below.

And we see the artist at the major auction houses.

The artist was also among the first to include clay in his surfaces, adding another dimension to his works. Also ground breaking in his painting ideas, he blended lifeforms that could exist in outer space, with those that exist on earth.

Matta was disassociated with the Surrealist movement do to romantic issues. He had an affair with well known painter Arshile Gorky. This caused the artist to kill himself and the group blamed Matta for the result.

Politics played a large role in his canvases.

Matta was always experimenting and worked with ceramic, photography, and even video.

Matta had two twin sons that went on to become professional artists. Gordon Matta-Clark who lived from 1943 to 1978 dying at the age of 35 years old due to cancer. He was renown for taking a building slice, and turning into a piece of art. The artist would take an abandoned building, cut out a piece of floor, ceiling, or wall, and turn it into art. The mother of these twins was American artist named Anne Clark. I was unable to find an example of her art. Gordon Matta-Clark studied architecture in college.

Most of the available works of Gordon Matta- Clark are photographs selling between $10,000 and $90,000.

Some works by Gordon Matta- Clark.

Like his father, Gordon Matta-Clark used video and photography to document his works.

In this clip we learn more about Gordon Matta- Clark  from his widow. The show took place at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Gordon Matta-Clark’s twin brother was Sebastian Matta. No samples of art to show, sorry!

A daughter Federico was an artist. No birth date given. Some examples of her work below.

Another son went on to become a very successful composer. Another son went to become a writer.            .

What a wonderfully creative artist family for us to enjoy! Thank you Matta family!


Artist of the moment….Chilean realist Claudio Bravo….


The artist was born in Valparaiso, Chile in the year 1936. His father was the owner of a ranch. His mother ran the household and Bravo was one of seven children. The artist was well versed at all aspects of art and even toured a short time as a professional dancer in Chile.

The artist showed signs of potential at an early age. He was not very good at math and science. In order to get better grades in his math and science classes he would offer the teacher a portrait. Bravo went on to study from the ages of eleven to twenty years of age with Miguel Venegas. Chile was heavily influenced by the european style of art and the artist’s main mentor, Venegas, was devoted to realism and not modern flat and cubist art.

The artist had his first solo show at the tender age of seventeen. All the works sold to family and friends and Bravo gained large support throughout the community.

Bravo attended college in Santiago, Chile studying literature and music.

The artist admired Salvadore Dali and the Surrealist movement.  Brave also admired the Renaissance era painters.

Bravo lived around the world in such places as New York City, Morroco, Chile, and Spain.

Bravo worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oils, bronzes, crayons, pencil, and pastel.

Like other prominent artists he painted many people belonging to the upper classes. The artist even painted royalty. Among his clients were Imelda Marcos and her husband the famous dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Francisco Franco the dictator from Spain. He also painted the publisher of Forbes magazine.

Bravo started selling portraits in Chile. He did so well he saved enough to sail for Paris. Due to bad weather he stopped off in Barcelona and eventually ended up in Madrid, Spain.  He painted the local well to do crowd and was highly successful.

As with most dictators, they try and control thoughts!  Franco was highly conservative and the artist felt restricted in his paintings. One day his sisters brought home some packages and the artist found a new work in painting packages. He became obsessed with creating trompe textures in his art.

A great collection of the artist’s work. Notice the great use of edges on both the corners of tables and also windows. The artist was able to create tremendous depth in his works. Also notice the many different textures the artist was able to create. His paintings of overlayed fabric are spectacular!


High price range:  $1.172 million for a work done in oils.  $216,000 for a work done in pastels.

Low price range:  Pencil works start at $5,000. Charcoals start near $10,000. Lithographs start at $1,000.

The artist passed away in 2011. He was living in Morocco at the time.

I enjoy this artist for his fantastic works with painting fabrics and the still life.  The artist was best at creating depth and by creating many different surface textures from wood to cloth, that kept the viewers eye moving about the picture. Another texture and surface the artist paints very realistically is glass.


Its GREAT to create!