Hermann Schmidlin (1965). Of Chilean-Swiss nationality, with Mapuche descent.
His work is in collections: National Library of France, Museum of Visual Arts of Chile, International Museum of Graphic Arts of Chillan (Chile), Fundación Arte Vivo de Colombia, Museum of Paper in Kochi.
His work has stood out for the uniqueness of his engravings and monocopies, made using his thermo-engraving technique applied to large-format tar.
Schmidlin explores art through visual, urban-primitive anthropology, where he mixes photography, digital techniques, painting and engraving. His large-format "psycho-graphic" images achieve a monumental presence.
Urban Silence is about the coastal edge of the port city of Valparaíso, which once experienced the splendor of industrialization. Tar and white oil melt on the canvas in monochrome patterns. Absorption of ink by tar and adsorption of tar material by white oil.
2.5 x 4m / 98.4 x 157 in