Born in 1979 - Chile
María José Concha was born in 1979. She studied Fine Arts at Universidad Católica de Chile.
María José Concha lived for 7 years in the Chilean Patagonia, the world’s southernmost landscape, an experience, which transformed her work and becomes the focus of her expressive painting. Concha’s work takes those typical phenomena of the landscape and reconstructs, sometimes deconstructing them, into elements, which belong to the painting process. "The landscape is transmuted into painting, and the painting into the essence of the landscape."
María José Concha has been in several solo exhibitions and has participated in collective art shows in Chile, Argentina and the USA, including “Thresholds 2006”, an exhibition of the most outstanding final projects of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s Fine Arts Majors for the previous year, "Arte Ayuda" (2006, 2008 - 2011), "Land Shape" (Santiago, Chile, 2007), "Terra Nova" (Decorazon Gallery, USA, 2007), Collahuasi Art Exhibition Hall, (Iquique, Chile, 2010), "Paene-Umbra / Almost-Shade" (Santiago, Chile 2010), "Material / Landscape" an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Cecilia Palma, Santiago de Chile (2011), artist group show at the Angela Royo Latin American Art Gallery, New York City (2011), and a solo exhibition: "Land of Light and Shade" in the Patagonia (Coyhaique, Chile, 2011). She has also participated in numerous international art fairs including AAF New York City (2008-2015), AAF London Battersea & Hampstead Heath (2011-2015), The Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong (2013-2015), Red Dot Art Fair London (2008), and Bridge Art Fair Miami (2008).
Concha’s painting has been distinguished in various competitions, winning the Fondart Region of Aysén competition in 2007, and obtaining “honorable mention” in the first version of the contest “Teraike: Painting the Patagonia” (Chile, 2007), with her work entitled “Final Landscape” (2008, Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile).
“Territory of Light and Shade” , August, Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile
“Matter/Landscape” Exhiibition with Maria Eugenia Sahli, Cecilia Palma Art Gallery, January, Vitacura, Chile
“Paene/Umbra – Almost / Shade” with Maria Eugenia Sahli, Scuola Italiana Cultural Center, November, Santiago, Chile
Joint Exhibition “Untitled” with artist Alejandra Raffo, Collahuasi Art Exhibit Hall, January, Iquique, Chile.
“Final Landscape”, Collaborative exhibition with Patricia Claro and José Viviani. Found Art Project 2007 for Promotion of the Arts, Region of Aysen. Espacio Arte Aysén. Coyhaique, Patagonia, Chile.
“Terra Nova: An abstract view of nature” Exhibition by artists Larry Whiteley & Mª José Concha. DECORAZON Gallery, Dallas, Texas. U.S.A.
“Land – Shape” Duel exhibition with Patricia Claro and Mª José Concha. Las Condes Cultural Corporation, Santiago, Chile.
“Territorial Encounters”. Pictorial display together with the artist Francisca Goyeneche. MOP Auditorium and Exhibition Hall. Coyhaique, 11th Region, Chile
Affordable Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery New York City, May, 2012
Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, February, 2012
Affordable Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery, London Battersea, October, 2011
Suite Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, Texas, April, 2011
Affordable Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery, New York City, October 2010
Bridge Art Fair Miami, with Decorazon Gallery, Catalina Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA., December, 2008
Red Dot Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery, Radisson Edwardian Grafton, London, UK, October, 2008
Affordable Art Fair, with Decorazon Gallery, Decorazon Gallery, The Altman Building / Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, June 2008
Expo Art at the Limit 2008, Vitacura Civic Center, Santiago, Chile.
‘’Distilled Memory’’, Group exhibition with Decorazon Gallery & Susan Mumford Fine Art Consultancy, Aretfact Showroom, London, United Kingdom, May-June 2012
Arte Ayuda Exhibit 2011, Casas de lo Matta, Santiago, Chile, August, 2011, www.arteayuda.cl
Group Show at the Angela Royo Latin American Art Gallery, New York City, February, 2011.
Arte Ayuda, MAVI Visual Arts Museum, Santiago, Chile, June-July 2010
“Summer 2010 Art Exhibit”, Rocas de Santo Domingo. Chile
Christie’s Exhibition and Auction, Theater of the Lake, Frutillar, Chile.
2009 Arte Ayuda Exhibition Exhibition, sponsored by “Parenthesis” Charity Foundation
MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) Santiago de Chile, March-April, 2009
Christie’s Exhibition and Auction, Theater of the Lake, Frutillar, Chile
FAO CHILE World Food Day Exhibit
Arte Ayuda 2008, MAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile.
Ana Maria Matthei Gallery Exhibition. Artist Interpret the “Mapuche” outfit together with Alejandra Raffo. Espacio Riesco. Santiago, Chile.
“Painting the Patagonia” Itinerant Exhibition, Teraike painting contest. Borges Cultural Center. Buenos Aires. Argentina.
“Painting the Patagonia” Itinerant Exhibition, Teraike painting contest. Las Condes Cultural Corporation. Santiago, Chile
“Painting the Patagonia” Itinerant Exhibition, Teraike painting contest. Osorno, Chile
“Painting the Patagonia” Itinerant Exhibition, Bosque Nativo Gallery. Puerto Varas, Chile.
“Multiple Glances” Exhibit. First exhibit of the Association of Plastic Artists of Aysén (AGRUPAP). FNDR Funds, Coyhaique, 11th Region, Chile.
Exhibit of the winners of the Teraike realistic painting contest, “Painting the Patagonia”. Browne Menéndez Museum. Punta Arenas, Chile.
Collective Exhibit on the National Visual Arts Day. Coyhaique, 11th Region.
“Aike – Vision of the Patagonia” Collective Exhibit. Coyhaique, 11th Region.
“Tribute to the Great Artists” Emerging Artist Exhibition, Casas de Lo Matta. Santiago, Chile.
“Thresholds 2006” Exhibit. March, 2006, Display of the most significant Degree Projects from the most outstanding students who graduated from the School of Art of the Universidad Católica in the year 2005. Extension Center of the Universidad Católica. Santiago, Chile.
“Urbanart 2005”Exhibit. October 19th -29th. Casa de Lo Matta, Municipality of Vitacura Cultural Center. Santiago, Chile.
Exhibition of Prints by Students of the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Homecenter- Sodimac Exhibition Hall. Rancagua, Chile.
Honors and Grants
1st Honorable Mention. 1st Teraike Realistic Painting Contest: Painting the Patagonia”.
Awarded work “Patagonic Tree”, Oil on canvas,100 x 100 cm.
Participation in the Visual Arts Contest for Young Artists. MAVI museum.
Participation in the Public Art Contest. Consistorial Building of Caleta Tortel.
Region of Aysén Fondart, Arts Promotion Line.
Exhibit project called “Final Landscape”.
Exhibited in the city of Coyhaique in January of 2008
Work Groups and Lectures
AGRUPAP (Association of Plastic Artists of Aysén). First Board, position: Treasurer.
Participation as representative of the Association of Plastic Artists of Aysén, in the “Cultural Management and Territory” Seminar of the Regional Council of Culture and the Arts, began position December , 2006, Coyhaique, 11th Region.
Speaker at the lecture “Landscapes-I-copy: the Urgency of the Landscape”, School of Architecture and Landscape Design of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Lo Contador Campus. Santiago, Chile. (November, 2006)
Board Member of the Association of Visual Artists of Aysén, sponsored by the Regional Council of Culture and the Arts, 11th Region, Chile.
President of the Regional Fondart Evaluators, Regional Council of Culture, 11th Region. (May)
Published Material and Articles
“Vivienda y Decoración” (Housing and Decoration) Magazine of El Mercurio newspaper. 794th edition. September 24th, 2011. Pgs. 32 and 33.
“Arte al Límite” (Art at the Limit) Newspaper. August, 2011 edition. 72nd issue.
“Arte al Límite” (Art at the Limit) Newspaper. July, 2009 edition. 49th issue.
“Vivienda y Decoración” (Housing and Decoration) Magazine of El Mercurio newspaper. 574th edition. July, 7th 2007. Pg. 40.
“Arte al Límite” (Art at the Limit) Magazine. Special on Chilean Art. January – February 2008 issue.
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