Biography of Carlos Alegría Salinas (1882-1954)

Chilean artist, born in Putaendo, province of Aconcagua, on July 18, 1882 and died on September 22, 1954, which is considered to be one of the most remarkable painters of his country and a master of the colorful and painter. Painter of figures, portraits, landscapes and still lifes, successfully developed a painting outdoors, with excellent handling of light and shadow, over a full career of distinctions.

Son of Isidro joy and Modesta Salinas, after studying at the seminary and the College of San Agustín, in Santiago, entered the Academy of fine arts where he/she was one of the disciples of Cosme San Martín and Pedro Lira. In 1902, with just twenty years, he/she served as Professor of drawing at the liceo Manuel Barros Borgoño and began his triumphant career awarded medals of 2nd and 3rd class for his portraits presented at the Salon of that year; two years later he/she received 1st class Medal with his composition the cantero.

In 1907 he/she moved to Paris to study closely the French painting. There he/she exhibited his works Pensativa, the disinherited and voluptuousness of the jewels, and it was consecrated by the Parisian critics as a master of color. Back in Chile, in 1909 he/she returned to the Academy of fine arts under the tutelage of Jean Paul Laurens. He/She exhibited his works at the national society of fine arts and was an active member of the International Union of Arts and letters. Living a few years in Valparaiso, in 1919 settled in Santiago, in whose Salon presented with great critical acclaim his works study of women and, above all, reading and offering to Cupid, one of his most successful works. Other works of his vast production are portrait, on the terrace of St. Lucia and persimmons.