Artist to Collect: Cristobal
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"