B i o g r a p h y
Ximena Medina Sancho
Santiago de Chile, 1964.
Visual artist. BA in Fine Arts degree with a major in painting, Fine Arts School, Universidad de Chile (1991) and Teacher and BA in Education of Fine Arts, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (1985). She is formed a printmaking at the Taller 99 in Santiago, learn traditional engraving and printing techniques. In this space she develops a large part of her graphic work.
During the last twenty years her artistic production has focused on engraving, mainly on woodcut and intaglio. She also uses drawing and watercolor as a means of expression.
Her work unfolds an imaginary that explores and delves into the forces of nature and the dynamics of movement in the landscape. Through geographical routes, it explores and enhances the monumentality of natural spaces, the territory and the memory of the earth, allowing us to reflect on the vulnerability and fragility of nature over time.
In her creative process she mainly uses traditional materials and printing techniques such as woodcut and engraving on metal, as well as watercolor and drawing.
She has participated in exhibitions, biennials and engraving contests both in Chile and abroad. Standing out lately in the 11th Hida Takayama International Contemporary Woodblock-prints Triennale of Japan (2020), where she gets the first encouragement award; in the 4 Global Print Douro, Portugal, 2019; "Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Japan (2019) where she gets an Honorable Mention and the III Art Fair "Alma Gráfica" in Oviedo, Spain, 2019 where she receives a grant from the CIEC Foundation - International Center of Contemporary Print, in Betanzos, La Coruña, Spain. In the 2017 she was awarded the Honorable Mention at the XIV Bienal Internacional de grabado José de Ribera, en Xàtiva, Spain.
The artist has also been selected in Residences to develop her graphic work, such as the one carried out in 2019 at the Alfara Studio Art Center, in Salamanca, Spain. In the residence she works part of her project on the Andes Mountains. In 2014 she held a Residency at the Museum of Modern Art of Chiloé in southern Chile, which addresses the landscape and singular geography of the Chiloé Archipelago.
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.
Currently lives and works between Madrid and Santiago de Chile.