Atacama, My Inspiring Desert | Jacqueline Unanue | Muse Gallery

Still Atacama series by Jacqueline Unanue
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Sunday, April 30, 2023

Abstract Painting | Solo Exhibition | Muse Gallery

Celebrating 40 years of Exhibitions (1983-2023)

Curated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois

With nominal support of the Embassy of Chile to the United States and the Consulate General of Chile in New York

Invited Artist: Ricardo Guajardo-Romero


April 5- 30, 2023


Muse Gallery Philadelphia is proud to present Atacama—my inspiring Desert, a solo painting exhibition of the work by Chilean artist Jacqueline Unanue, inspired by the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. Some of her recent work features colorful large-scale acrylic paintings. Unanue has invited her husband Ricardo Guajardo-Romero, also an artist and designer, to create a painting for this specific exhibition.

The exhibition at Muse Gallery includes a total of approximately 20 works of the Atacama series, created during 2016-2017; as well as from the Still Atacama series, which was created during 2022-2023. Both series are inspired by her previous trips taken with her husband in 1980-1995, and subsequently in 2016 and 2018, to archeological sites especially rich in rock art, in the Atacama Desert. Her husband is originally from this Northern region of Chile.



Jacqueline Unanue is a Chilean American artist of Spanish descent, who has resided in the United States since 2000. She studied design at the Universidad de Chile of Valparaíso, and received formal training in drawing, painting, art history and textile art. While a student, she became interested in the rock art found in Chile where she met world-renowned archaeologist, Hans Niemeyer, who soon became her mentor. She traveled extensively through Chile’s Atacama Desert, doing on-site rock art research. She also traveled to Spain to study the pre-historic paintings of the Altamira caves in the Basque Country, which being the home of her paternal ancestors.


Unanue has received numerous awards and grants and has widely exhibited her work in Chile, Spain, Finland, Ecuador, and Argentina, as well as in galleries in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Chicago, and New York. Her work can also be found in many private and public collections in the Americas and Europe. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, and is represented by Muse Gallery, Philadelphia.


First Friday: April 7, 5- 8 pm | Artist Reception: Sunday April 16, 1- 4 pm

Closing Reception: Sunday April 30, 2- 4 pm, with an Artist Talk, and a Video Presentation

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm

Muse Gallery 52 North Second Street, Old City, Philadelphia PA 19106

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