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Gonzalo Cienfuegos

b. 1949, Chilean

"Uncle Albert's Studio," 1990

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: g. cienfuegos / 90, and with the artist's device
63" H x 71" W

  • Provenance: Sale: Aberbach Fine Art, 9 Place Vauban, France, October 26, 1990, $45,000
    The Cooprider Family Collection, acquired from the above
  • Exhibited: Painting Exhibition at Aberbach Fine Art, "FIAC 90," Paris, France, 1990
  • Notes: A 1990 FIAC catalogue signed by the artist accompanies the lot
    "Uncle Albert is the artist. His wife is in black. The mother-in-law in red. The model is Uncle Albert's extra-curricular fascination. The mother-in-law suspected hanky-panky and hired a private detective on the left, who discovered Uncle Albert and his model were secretly running away together, financed by the diamond hidden in the watermelon. The Bishop, was there to receive Uncle Albert's confession." - Gonzalo Cienfuegos
    Gonzalo Cienfuegos studied architecture at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Arte in Santiago where he was born in 1949. He later left for Mexico and studied graphic design, painting and sculpture at the Escuela La Esmeralda in Mexico City. He returned to Chile in 1975 and is currently a professor of art at the Universidad Catolica in Chile.

    Cienfuegos' art displays conversance with the gamut of Western painting, with obvious quotes from the old and new masters: Jan Van Eyck, Rubens, Velasquez, Goya, Giorgio de Chirico and Balthus, among others. The individuals in Cienfuegos' work are usually expressionless and introspective, occupying a strange world of their own.

    Cienfuegos exhibited at the Sao Paulo Brazil Biennial in 1989, where he received the Art Critics Circle Award, and has continuously exhibited in Chile, Argentina, at the 1990 FIAC in Paris-France, Mexico and the US. His solo exhibits include Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Art Miami, Galleria Tomas Andreu and Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, United States.
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition.

    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

    Frame: 64" H x 72" W x 2" D

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