Born in Concepcion, Chile .
1938 Born in Concepcion, Chile
1957 Begins law studies while
1962 Leaves for Europe.Attends
the Fine Art School, Paris but find the courses
1971 Abandons law in order to
devote to painting
1972 Begins to paint on sheets,
being unable to afford canvas. He hangs what he
calls “Floating Murals” in publica
gardens and streets so as to be seen by everybody
Biennale de Paris. Musée d’Art Moderne
de la Ville de Paris, showing his first political
floating mural “Once de septiembre de 1973”
1974 F.I.AC. Paris
“Art for the people”-Congress House
Royal College of Art – London
1975 White Chapel Art Gallery
“Floating Murals” London
Floating Murals at Central Park -New York
Floating Murals, Washington square. New York.
Cultural Affaires of New York
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Battery Park
1976 Keettle’sYard Gallery,
Begins research on colour photography. He tackles
the Polaroid film with
versatility, sometimes scraping or painting on
the surface, or putting it into an ice box. He
record, images from T.V.; which he transforms
1977 Salon de Mai 1977, Paris
ART 8/77 Bale- Suisse- Galerie Lahumiere “Floating
1978 Creates a “floating
door” for the children’s studio at
the Georges Pompidou Center Paris
1979 Salon de Mai 1979. The first
Paris “ Instalation” was censured
Floating Murals and the book Mascaras at Galerie
1981 Galeria Encuentros. Barcelona
Bienal Latinoamericana de Puert Rico
1982 Galerie Biren-Paris
Librarie Galerie La Hune, Paris
L’amerique Latine à Paris - Gran
Palais - Paris
1983 “Images perdues rêvées
amuses.” Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
Polaroids at the Galerie Vivianne Esder- Tokio
1984 Floating Murals –Down
Town Gallery, New York
Centre Culturel Limoges, France
Galerie Troi, Paris
1985 Galeria Tartessos-Barcelona
1987 Galeria Tartessos-Barcelona
1988 Polaroids-Comptoir de la
1995 Amazonas – Festival
International de Biarritz
1997 Visions Japonaises”
1999 Opera Gallery Paris-Singapur-Miami-New
mural paintings have a privilege place in South
American art, Uhart spontaneously chose this technique
to express his vision. Since he could not accomplish
any mural paintings in France, he created something
he called « floating murals », using
as medium huge sheets that he could hang anywhere
so that anyone could look at them.
As early as 1976 he was also interested in photography,
innovated in that field by using Polaroid pictures
that he scratched or painted over.
paintings are figurative and quite influenced
by the folkloric traditions of his country.
He combines his poetic imagination which comes
close to that of the primitives, with contemporary
graphic design such as in is posters, popular
cartoons, and children’s ilustrations. (Pedro
Uhart created a floating door, for the children’s
studio at the Georges Pompidou Center). But once
discoveries have been made, artists are never
content with them, and seek new fields to conquer
in order to avoid mannerisms or some sterilile,
stereotyped procedure.Pedro Uhart is not exception.
the seventies, his paintings condemned the dictatorship
in Chile and glorified the struggle for freedom.Pedro
Uhart then developed various cycles of paintings:
the Amazons, the Musicians, the Sofas, and the
Japanese Visions after his stay in Japan in 1990
A tribute to Japanese life in the 18th and 19th
centuries throughout erotic scenes taking place
in sumptuous bedrooms opening into luxurious gardens.
During the years, Pedro Uhart has remained attracted
to the purity of colours. His reds, purples, pinks
and yellows defined by black lines are a vibrant
hymn to life that seems to
be dancing on the canvas.
other interests include photography (scratched
or painted over Polaroid pictures), architecture
and collecting furniture designed by Antonio Gaudi.
Opus #51 from June-July 1974,
Jean Louis Pradel. FIAC in Paris.
Dictionnaire Universel de la Peinture, Le Robert,
vol 6, page 332.
E. Benezit, Grund 1999, vol 13, page 885.
André Laude : Pedro Uhart, Artension, #25,
Rouen, June 1995.
Catalogue of the exhibition : Pedro Uhart, Galerie
Kellart et Artension, Rouen, 1991.
Catalogue of the exhibition : Visions Japonaises,
Galerie Mostini, Paris, 1997.
Public Collections :
Museum of Modern
Art-New York City
Guggenheim Museum- New York City
Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris-France
Musée d’Art Moderne Ville de Paris-Paris-France
Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris-France
Centre National d’Art Contemporain-Paris-France
Museum Narodov. Varsovie-Poland
Museo Internacional Salvador Allende- Santiago de
Withe Chapel Art Gallery-London-England