November 17th to 25th
Anelys Wolf is an artist visiting from the island of Chiloé in Chile, she has been making paintings of local people in Beara from a collection of their family photographs.
Anelys is the daughter of a cutural mix that characterizes the northern areas of the Chiloé Archipelago. Her mother hailed from Quinchao Island in the Chiloé archipelago’s inner sea, from where, as a student, she would go on horseback, boat, and then by train to reach Ancud Teacher training School, where she trained as an elementary school teacher. Her father was a descendant of German settlers, dedicated to agriculture and commerce. Anelys grew up in a typical home in Ancud, with the rain at the window and the warmth of the fire in the wood stove.
Anelys Wolf graduated with a degree in painting from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile in 1996.
Between the years 1999 and 2008, she worked with photography, design, teaching and management of numerous cultural institutions in Chiloé. During this period she travelled through the archipelago of Chiloé, by land and sea, discovering it's agriculture, fishing, traditional crafts, natural resources, photographic and architectural heritage, education, and, of course, making contact with its people and their particular mythical way of thinking which was still very much alive. These experiences were absorbed but only recently appeared directly in her artwork. The current need to explain her native land through painting, comes after plenty of long periods of travel and exhibitions the artist held in Europe. Thie European exhibitions began with a residency in the south of France, where she painted film scenes from three different Chilean filmmakers in 2008. With this work she was invited to exhibit in the Latin-American Film Festival in Toulouse, and then, between 2009 and 2012, she exhibited in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lisbon, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, and mainly Paris, where she was a gallery artist in Gallery Les Singuliers. Under the wing of this gallery, she lived and actively participated in the Parisian contemporary art movement at that time.
Since 2012 she has been painting uninterruptedly in Chiloé, where her work reflects local identity and the significance of belonging to a small community. The paintings are about the aspirations, dreams of liberty and diversity of people living within societies that generally tend to lean toward a restricted uniformity of expression. Part of this body of work was shown in Montreal and New York in 2015.
See some previous work below about local community events in Chile..