ROSER BRU
Memoria
26 April 2014 - 31 May 2014

Ana María Stagno is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Roser Bru. In “Memoria” (Memory,) the 91-year-old Chilean-Catalan artist will show 15 portraits and 9 paintings. The exhibition will be on view April 26th through May 31st.
Composed by unfinished strokes of acrylic paint on linen, the paintings on view seek to reflect on memory and time. Different artists, writers, and intellectuals have influenced Roser Bru’s art: Kafka, Arthur Rimbaud, Gabriela Mistral, Frida Kahlo, César Vallejo, Virginia Woolf, and Federico García Lorca, among many others. This series of portraits is shown along with a still life; this particular painting features a table, a cup, and a marraqueta (local bread) and symbolizes the artist’s life in Chile. In addition, the following series on view delves into the subject of memory when entering the permanent state prior to death.
Each painting is revealed as an unfinished presence on the white canvas; they appear as fragments of an eternally reborn image. The artist states: "Memory is the persistence of the past."
Born in Catalonia in 1923, Roser Bru is one of the most influential artists of her generation. She arrived in Chile in 1939 aboard the ship Winnipeg from the Spanish civil war; the Second World War was only just beginning. She received her education at the school of Bellas Artes at Universidad de Chile, where she became actively involved in the creation of Taller 99 and in the foundation of Universidad Católica de Chile’s art school, among other institutions.
As a painter, draftsman, and engraver, Roser Bru has supported many social and cultural movements, even in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances for artists and intellectuals in Chile.