Gracia Barrios

Chilean painter (1926-2020)
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Gracia Barrios Rivadeneira (27 June 1927 – 28 May 2020) was a Chilean painter. She was born in Santiago de Chile. She was the winner of the 2011 National Prize for Plastic Arts.[1] Her husband, José Balmes, was also an artist.

After the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, the artist went into exile in France along with her husband and daughter.[2]

Her works "human activity in everyday life".[3] Some of the themes she tackled in her paintings were war, indigence, and exile. In addition to using oil and acrylic paints, she experimented with natural elements such as earth and clay.[4]

Barrios died on 28 May 2020 from lung disease at a hospital in Santiago, aged 92.[5]


  1. Díaz, Alfonso (April 2010). "Leyendas del arte contemporáneo" [Legends of Contemporary Art]. ED Magazine (in Spanish). No. 176. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. J. L. F. (1 September 2011). "Gracia Barrios gana el Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas" [Gracia Barrios Wins the National Prize for Plastic Arts]. La Tercera (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. "Gracia Barrios: Trayectoria" (in Spanish). Portal de Arte. Archived from the original on 18 December 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. "Nuevas obras engrandecen colección de Universidad" [New Works Enlarge University Collection] (in Spanish). University of Talca. 24 July 2012. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. "Falleció la pintora Gracia Barrios a los 92 años" [The Painter Gracia Barrios Dies at 92] (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2020-05-28.