Artist to Col­lect: Cris­to­bal

Arabella - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

The Colour of the Land

writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

"I learn art to be a spe­cial­ist," says Cris­to­bal, "and at the same time I try to be a gen­er­al­ist in other fields. Know­ing a bit of ev­ery­thing makes me be part of all dis­cus­sions. Be­ing a spe­cial­ist in art makes me have an au­di­ence and in­flu­ence. Life is a bal­ance of th­ese things, and so I find I must also learn how to be at ease in pub­lic. I speak three lan­guages, so I can be a good am­bas­sador and spokesman. I strive to be­come out­stand­ing in art, and at the same time I try to be sim­ple and close to ev­ery­one. I have learned that gen­eros­ity is the best way to get love by oth­ers – and I also be­lieve that what you learn you have to teach."

The Early Years

Juan Cris­to­bal Pinochet Araya was born in Linares, a small city 300 kilo­me­tres south of San­ti­ago, Chile. When Cris­to­bal was grow­ing up there in the 1960s, the pop­u­la­tion of Linares was around 70,000. It was an agri­cul­tural re­gion with very lit­tle in the way of art in­sti­tu­tions. "My mother, Sil­via Araya, who had a bach­e­lor from beaux arts at the Es­cuela de Bel­las Artes de San­ti­ago, moved to Linares one year be­fore I was born," ex­plains Cris­to­bal. "My three older brothers were born in San­ti­ago. She quickly be­came one of the more im­por­tant fig­ures in the art panorama, es­tab­lish­ing and found­ing arts cen­tres, a school of arts, and co-found­ing the mu­seum of Linares with well-known artist and men­tor Pedro Ol­mos."

far left, Début d'au­tomne sur le ri­vage, acrylic on can­vas, 36" x 9" left-middle, Falaises sur le St-lau­rent, acrylic on can­vas, 36" x 9" left, Derniers ar­bres avant le fleuve, acrylic on can­vas, 36" x 9" right, Rivière mys­terieuse, acrylic on can­vas, 48" x 9"

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