Eugenio Dittborn (Chili, born in 1943)
Los Ladrones, 1980
50 x 34.9 cm
Born in 1943 in Santiago de Chile.
Eugenio Dittborn studied fine arts at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, then in Madrid, Berlin, and Paris, from 1961 to 1969. During the years of the Chilean dictatorship, he shared the ideas of the Escena de Avanzada, which addressed the conditions of artists working under Pinochet’s totalitarian regime. His was awarded a Guggenheim grant in 1985. His Pinturas aeropostales are his most important pieces. Conceived in 1984 as an act of resistance, with the aim of inventing a transportable medium, these “aeropostal paintings” were made initially on large pieces of brown paper (210 x 140 cm) that could be folded to a sixteenth of their size and mailed in envelopes. In 1997, the New Museum in New York and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago jointly organized an exhibition dedicated to Dittborn’s work. He participated in the Museo de Artes Visuales in Santiago in 2010, the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre in 2011, and the Intense proximité exhibition during the 2012 Triennale in Paris.