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Malu Stewart

Born in 1962 in Chile
Lives and works in Santiago, Chile

I studied an art major with mention in painting of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Post Graduate in fine arts at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

I define my work within the margins of painting, displacing from tradicional technics by the use of diverse materials (ex: polystyrene, plastics, mashed minerals, molding paste, pipe cleaners, etc) and the formats in which they are supported (canvas, walls, acrylics and wood).I take as a referente the circle as the basic unity of visual language –already studied by the pointillism and the photomechanics-.

In my work there is a particular tension between what the handmade and the industrial, both because of the use of the circle as a module for the configuration of images -emulating the screen-print grid-.

In my last works I have develop an investigation through making a contemporary transfer from Claude Monet’s work, recognizing it as an important base in contemporary painting, but reread from a representative and technical point of view, where I make a visual translation of an oil painting, converting the work in a territory of optic, chromatic and texture experimentation.

Throughout my work my interest has been focused in the creation of an own language, original and abstract, through the use of materials.

Solo Exhibitions
2010 –  A long Summer – House of Propellers, Londres. UK
2009  –  Jardín de Agua – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Group Exhibitions
2011  – Tectonic Shift – Phillips de Pury  y Saatchi Gallery, Londres. UK
2010  – Mes geométrico – Galeria Isabel Aninat
2007 – Imágenes Coloidales – Galería Artespacio
2006  – Galería Alejandra Von Hartz, Miami, USA.
2006  – Making Time – Blanton Museum Of Art, University Of Texas at Austin, USA:
2004  – Premio  Concurso Gasco Cilindros pintados, Sala Gasco
2003 –  Tensión Superficial – Museo  de Arte Contemporáneo.
2002  – Configuraciones  Improbables – Extremo  Centro, MAC.
2002 – Sub-sole – Espacio Cú.Mu.Lo. Guadalajara, México.
2001 – Personal / Impersonal – Galería Animal.
2001 – SIART 2001 – Museo Nacional de Arte La Paz, Bolivia.
2000 – Chilenos en Nueva York – Montserrat Gallery, New York.
2000 – Laboratorio 4 – Centro Cultural Balmaceda 1215.
1999 – Naturaleza Muerta –  Galería  Marlborough.
1999 – Salón de Primavera, – Hoffmann’s House, Santiago, Chile.
1998 – Vientos de Chile – Galería Vasby Konsthall, Estocolmo, Suecia.
1997 – Festivales Internacionales de Lima – Lima, Perú.
1997 – 9 na.Trienal  de Nueva Dehli, India.
1996 – V Bienal Internacional  de Pintura  Cuenca, Ecuador. Mención de Honor.
1995 – Summer Shows 1995, The Slade School of Fine Art, Londres.
1995 – Natural Forces – Reed`s Wharf  Gallery,  Londres.

Grants and awards
2008  – Beca FONDART
2004 – 1er lugar  Concurso MOP , Mural en Liceo B 8 Vallenar.
2003 – Premio  Concurso Gasco Cilindros Pintados.
2002 – Beca FONDART.
1999 – Primer Premio  al mejor expositor. Galería La Sala.
1999 – Concurso “Palestina vista por Chile, Belén 2000”. Mención Honor.
1998 – Premio Nacional a la Calidad de los Servicios Públicos 1998.
1996 – V Bienal Internacional de Pintura Cuenca, Ecuador. Mención de Honor.
1995 – Cyril Sweett Award. Londres.
1994/1995 – Beca Presidente de la República, Chile.
1992/1993 – Beca The British Council.

– Juan Yarur, colección de arte chileno contemporaneo.
– Museo de Artes Visuales, MAVI, Santiago de Chile.
– Jack S. Blanton Museum Of Art, University Of Texas at Austin, EEUU.
– Compañia Cervecerias Unidas S. A.
– ABN AMRO Bank, Sao Paulo
– Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé, Castro, Chile.

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