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Ximena Medina Sancho


Santiago, Chile


Visual artist. BA in Fine Arts degree with a major in painting, Fine Arts School, Universidad de Chile (1991) and Teacher and B.Ed. of Fine Arts, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (1986).

In 1995 she held her first personal exhibition of paintings in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She participated in some painting exhibitions in Chile, until in 1998 she joined Taller 99 in Santiago where she learns the different traditional techniques of engraving and printing. In this space she trains as a printmaker and develops a large part of her graphic work uninterruptedly until 2018 the year in which she moved to Madrid, Spain.


She has complemented her artistic training by participating in various printmaking courses and workshops in Chile as well as in Spain.

Her graphic work has focused mainly on woodcut and gravure, drawing, as well as the creation of the artist's book.

She has participated in numerous exhibitions, biennials and international printmaking contests, in America, Europe and Asia. Her work has been awarded, highlighting the award nomination at the 12th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Japan, 2023; an Encouragement Award, at the 11th Hida Takayama International Triennial of Contemporary Woodcuts in Japan, 2020. This same year, her work was selected in the National Call for the Acquisition of Works of Art 2020Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Chile, in the "long-established artists" category, to be part of its Collection. In 2019 Ximena was awarded a scholarship from the CIEC Foundation, (Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea) granted at the III International Art Fair "Alma Gráfica", Oviedo, Spain, to take a specialized engraving course in Betanzos, Spain. Also she was awarded a scholarship by the Alfara Studio Art Center to carry out an artistic Residency in its engraving workshops in Salamanca, Spain.


In 2017 she received an Honorable Mention at the “XIV Bienal Internacional de grabado Josep de Ribera”in Xátiva, Spain. In 2014 she held a Residency at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé in southern Chile.

Parallel to her artistic production, between 1997 and 2018 she has carried out extensive work as a conservator and restorer in the field of conservation of photographic heritage in national public and private institutions. She has been awarded a scholarship in 2008 and 2011 by Fondart to carry out specialization stays in conservation and restoration.

She currently lives and works between Madrid and Santiago de Chile.

A r t i s t   S t a t e m e n t

My work focuses on exploring the power of nature, its forces in constant transformation and movement, and its permanent relationship with the territory, establishing different correspondences between the landscape and cultural identity. Through engraving I seek to represent and bring to everyday life the monumentality of natural environments, as well as reveal their own fragility over time, in the face of the permanent threat of human intervention.


The exploration that I carry out in situ in each trip to nature areas, allows me to delve into each place sensorially. I generally use my own photographic records that serve as a starting point for the articulation and selection of images, based on contrasts, textures and incidences of light that these spaces suggest to me.

I am interested in addressing from a graphic language the importance of protecting these areas of nature that we can still enjoy today and nourish ourselves with its increasingly vulnerable spiritual wealth.

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