Chilean, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1949, in Santiago.
Painter. Figure compositions.
Gonzalo Cienfuegos Browne studied art at the Catholic University of Chile, the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura La Esmeralda in Mexico City and the University of Architecture and Art in Chile. He was given a teaching post at the school of fine arts of the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile. It would be tempting to describe Cienfuegos Browne's work as naive, were it not quite apparent that this is a studied naivety, as is also the case with Botero. His painting shows a deliberate awkwardness, a very careful clumsiness with rich, harmonious colours which are, however, deliberately tempered and golden. Gerrit Henry has described the scenes Cienfuegos paints as 'psychodramas'. Everything in them is enigmatic: the figures, their different postures, the place the scene is set in and the external setting. Characters look often look out at the viewer with no expression. Women are often nude without apparent reason, their bodies plump and iridescent. His interiors show these expressionless faces, postures of silent expectation and a few unusual objects while on the outside the roughly geometric buildings confirm a reference to Chirico....