Monica Bengoa

Santiago, Chile 1969


Since 1993, when she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in printmaking at the Catholic University of Chile, Visual Artist Monica Bengoa has taught at the same university, especially in the area of conducting creation projects.

Her artistic research has established a work process around the issue of the material expansion of everyday life, using photographic image transfer strategies towards large murals by manual means. In this sense, she has established links of material exchange with other media and formats, inverting inclusive strategies from drawing and painting in their displacement, including the use of objects.

Her visual arts career has developed both in Chile and abroad, participating of numerous solo and group exhibitions, biennials and projects organized by local and international curators, as well as self-managed endeavors.

She has participated as artist in residence at Artspace, Sydney (2005) and at the Studio-House of the Puertas Abiertas Foundation in Samaipata, Bolivia (2003).

In 2001 she was selected to attend the Km0 Workshop in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and in 2002, the ArtOmi International Artists’ Colony in Ghent, New York.

She has received a FONDART funding from the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts on ten separate occasions between 1994 and 2009 –for individual and group projects to be developed in Chile and abroad–, including a Bicentennial Fondart funding for the Promotion of the Creation of Excellence in 2009. She has received DIRAC (Direction of Culture of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) funding from in 2002 and 2005, and 2012, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for 2003-2004.

Among the main collections that include her work are the Contemporary Art Collection from the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Liège, Belgium, Latin-American Art Collection of the University of Essex, London, and private collections in Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the United States.