La Templanza, 1993
Lithography and watercolour
45 x 57 cm
Sins and virtues
Acclaimed Chilean painter and illustrator, born in Viña del Mar in 1940.
She belongs to a group of artists oriented towards the “New Figuration” group, which turns art into the refuge of the unpredictable and the imaginary.
At the age of 17 she entered the School of Fine Arts of the Catholic University of Chile, then continued in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Chile. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Department of Art at the University of California in Davis, USA. Back in Chile, she worked as a drawing and painting teacher at the Catholic University and in various academies and schools.
She has illustrated important literary publications like “Don Quijote” and “Alice in Wonderland”.
The artist has been a Member of the Fine Arts Academy of the Instituto de Chile since 2004. Several of her paintings have been acquired by the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Carmen Aldunate works mainly with oil on canvas and on wooden boards, but also with pencil drawing and collage.
Her work principally focuses on the female figure, which is represented by voluminous robes, tunics and coifs reminiscent of medieval costumes, in the midst of a psychological atmosphere that floods her paintings, alluding to tragic and desolate states of the soul. Her work often focuses on the female face alone, which appears isolated from any frame in a kind of close-up approach.
Her paintings remind us of 15th-century Flemish works, as she retrieves the canons of beauty that once defined classical beauty.