Wladymir Bernechea Chilean, b. 1989

Wladymir Bernechea is a visual artist and writer, Bachelor of Art from the Universidad de Chile, Master of Arts from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

As a visual artist, his work has been exhibited in spaces such as Galería Metropolitana, Centro Cultural Las Condes, Museo de Artes Visuales and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Chile, as well as in Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, Italy, Estonia and Japan. His work is part of public and private collections in Latin America and Europe, including the Colección MAC of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Chile), and the Luciano Benetton Collection (Italy).

His body of work, mainly oil on canvas, is oriented towards two divergent slopes: the representation of architectures and geometric shapes that are implanted in the landscape; and the representation of ethereal human figures that border on the ghostly, as if they were memories of a place that no longer exists. Both lines come together in the creation of a solitary and empty imaginary, where there can only be the line of the horizon that divides the sky and the earth. His references are found in modernist architecture and sculptural movements of the 1970s and 1980s, as well as in the Japanese pop imagery present in his characters.

He has been featured in contemporary art publications, such as Astrónomos Sin Estrellas by the critic Guillermo Machuca (2018), Sub30 (2014), book that compiled the works of 60 Chilean young artists, and Ojo Andino Chile (2015), publication by Luciano Benetton that gathered over 170 pieces by Chilean artists.

In 2018 he published the book De la Tierra al Cielo. Arte, cultura japonesa y escenas locales with Ediciones Filacteria (Santiago), in which he presents his theses about the influence of anime presented on open television on Chilean contemporary art. His texts on studies of Latin American artistic scenes and on Japanese animation and culture have been published in various digital magazines, catalogues and written press in Chile.

Wladymir Bernechea lives and works in Santiago.