Biography of Arturo Gordon Vargas (1883-1944)

Chilean painter, born in 1883 and died in 1944.

Son of July Gordon Fernández, by profession engineer, and Mercedes Vargas, at age eight moved with his family to Santiago and was admitted to the Colegio San Agustín; Subsequently he studied at the Liceo Miguel Luis Amunátegui, where he was Professor Nicanor González Méndez. Completed his humanistic studies, he entered the school of architecture of the University of Chile, but never came to graduating since shortly after he left the University.

In 1903 he entered the Academy of painting in the school of fine arts, where it did by teachers to Cosme San Martín, in the Chair of elementary drawing, and Pedro Lira, upper drawing and painting. He subsequently studied with Juan Francisco González and Richón Brunet.

In 1908, shocked by the earthquake that struck the province of Valparaiso, he painted his picture impression of the night of August 16, 1906, which took part in the official Chile and won the third medal. By the time he came to Chile, to exercise as Professor of painting at the school of fine arts, the Spanish painter Álvarez de Sotomayor, Vargas signed up in their classes by Exequiel Plaza, Laureano Guevara, Agustín Abarca, Enrique Bertrix and Pedro Luna among others. From here came the so-called generation of the 13 later.

In 1909 he received the second medal at the official Salon with its night picture, which was acquired a year later by the Museum of fine arts. The following year he participated in the international exhibition of Buenos Aires with the work the neighborhood meica, distinguished by the criticism and acquired by the Museum of fine arts in that city.

His illustrations, which helped disseminate Chilean, in zigzag magazine, events and later Pacific Magazine literature and art were published in 1913.

In 1921 he participated again in the official room with his work a Soiree, which won the first medal and prize in story competition Edwards. The following year he entered as Professor at the Academy of fine arts in Valparaiso and in 1824 took part in the first spring Salon, which was held at the Severin library, organized by the Federation of students. Later, in 1825, he moved to Santiago de Chile, where he began to work in the decoration of the national library. Your wall decor projects earned him the following year the first medal in decorative painting.

In 1929 he was elected by the Government of Chile, together with Laureano Guevara, to decorate the Chile Pavilion at the international fair in Seville in 1929. The following year the direction of public works entrusted the execution of a series of works for the decoration of the national historical Museum. Since 1936, and until his death he held the position of Professor of painting at the Academy of fine arts in Viña del Mar.