CARMEN ALDUNATE: Chilena Fantastic Realist painter

Published January 12, 2011 by goyodelarosa



Urdiendo una amistad






Carmen Aldunate











Presintiendo el futuro


5 comments on “CARMEN ALDUNATE: Chilena Fantastic Realist painter

  • Wow, I have never seen anything like this. When I think fantastic realism I think of renaissance influence, which this has, but it is also reminiscent of medieval religious art in the iconographic flatness of it all and the perspective lines being so straight. Definitely good, definitely different. The scenes are thought provoking as if part of a narrative.

  • Yes, she knows what she is doing, Eric. Her love of the European Renaissance is clearly evident, but she takes the conventions of that period and updates them, with her figures engaged in a kind of obscure, enigmatic game.

    All of these melancholic faces which are a hallmark of her personal style, seem to be related, as if they come from the same parents… adding to the strangeness.

    Those unlikely scenarios are what give these paintings their mystery… basically it is a kind of surrealistic juxtaposition of unlikely elements which the Viennese Fantastic Realists are also noted for.

    But she uses oils, mainly, so there is an essential difference in technique, as most of those Fantastic Realists use the so-called ‘mixed technique’ taught by Professor Ernst Fuchs, the grand living master of psychedelic imagery.

    So Aldunate’s panels each have their own colour harmonies, but are not quite so vibrant as those who strictly follow the Viennese master.

    I discovered her work, as I have done with most of the female figurative painters I share here at Rockland, at Myrtille Henrion Picco’s Figuration Feminine website, which is the best such site I have found.

    Thanks for the comments, Eric.
    Peace on the farm, bro!

    Gregory Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’)
    Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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