Jane Peterson, Tower Bridge, ca. 1907; Oil on canvas, 17 ¾ x 23 ½ in.; Gift of Alice D. Kaplan

11 - 23 - 2015


The 20th anniversary of the death of the noted sculptor, recipient of the 1970 National Arts Award, took place a few weeks ago. This issue is devoted to the life and work of the Chilean sculptor, the second woman who received the foremost Chilean arts award.

Marta Colvin was born in Chillán on June 22, 1917, and died in Santiago on October 27, 1995. A creator of pieces with a marked American character, she received the National Arts Award in 1970 and is regarded as one of the leading figures of Chilean sculpture in the 20th century.

Her artistic education started in the Chillán High School, where she was taught by draftswoman Noemí Mourgues. In 1939, she moved to Santiago to continue her education at the Fine Arts School of Universidad de Chile. In 1945, she became an assistant to sculpture professor Julio A. Vásquez.

She received several accolades during her higher education, however, the First Prize for Sculpture in the Official Exhibition of Santiago (1944 and 1948) was the first major landmark in her artistic career.

She studied and lived in France and England, but she also left her mark in Chilean plastic arts: along with Lily Garafulic, she is part of the so-called 40s Generation. Several renowned sculptors such as Juan Egenau, Sergio Castillo, and Raúl Valdivieso trained under her aegis.

Marta Colvin’s work was characterized by a commitment to Pre-Columbian American cultures: as she herself noted, their spirit always influenced the whole of her artistic production. With respect to the techniques used, Marta Colvin became a master of bronze casting, stone sculpture, and especially  woodworking, which allowed her to achieve the highest degree of originality.

O “woodcarving”.




Special thanks


    • Andrea Cuomo
    • Andrés Rodríguez Perez
    • Carlos Moran
    • Cecilia Echeñique
    • Comité Calificador de Donaciones Culturales
    • Embajada de Chile en Estados Unidos
    • Estela F. Garafulich Adult Literacy Programe
    • Francisca Florenzano
    • Javier Mendicute
    • Javiera Parada
    • Jurado Concurso de Canto 2014-15
    • Jurado Concurso “Mujeres en la Música II”
    • Jurado Final “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Jurado Preselección “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca Valley
    • María José Viera Gallo
    • Mario Agliati
    • Mica Kaufmann
    • Michelle Landa
    • Nieves Edwards
    • Roberto Sepúlveda
    • Rodrigo Espinosa
    • Teatro Corpartes 660
    • Teruca Martinez
    • Ximena Sahli
    • Viñamar y Castillo de Molina
    • Viña Veramonte