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kukuli Velarde

Kukuli Velarde

Kukuli Velarde

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Birth NameKukuli Velarde Barrionuevo

Birth1962 Cuzco , Peru

nationality Peruvian


Hunter College , New York University Magna Cum Laude (1988-1992) Academy of San Carlos , UNAM (1985-87)

History of Art , Major National University of San Marcos , Peru (1980-1984)

Professional information AreaPainting , Sculpture.

Kukulí Velarde Barrionuevo ( Cuzco , 1962) is a Peruvian plastic artist based in the United States, internationally recognized for her painting and sculptural work. The artist states "The objective of my work is to create a link between the past and the present that reflects The mix of aesthetics today as it was 400 years ago. " 1 Its theme approaches feminine representations as a revision of colonial iconography, interpretation of pre-Columbian Peruvian and Mesoamerican art, moving its discourse from the personal to the collective.


Kukuli Velarde Barrionuevo was born in Cuzco , Peru, in 1962. Daughter of the journalist and writer Alfonsina Barrionuevo and journalist Hernán Velarde . Her approach to art was quite early, coming to be considered a child prodigy. At the age of three he made his first pencil drawings on the pages of his parents' publications. In 1972, with only 10 years, he made his first solo exhibition in the gallery of the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute of Lima in which he exhibited his drawings that illustrated the covers of the notebooks of the 70s 2 and boxes Of feathers Faber-Castell. A year later, he made another solo exhibition at Casa Victor Delfín .

At the age of 18, in 1980, he entered the Art History career at the National University of San Marcos . In 1982, it forms part of the collective exhibition Artists of Cusco in the Museum of Art of Lima .

In 1983, he traveled to Colombia to perform an individual exhibition at the Planetarium of Santa Fe de Bogotá where he stayed for six months to receive instruction from the Peruvian artist Armando Villegas . Two years later, in 1985, she traveled to Mexico City where she studied postgraduate studies in Plastic Arts at the San Carlos Academy of the National Autonomous University of Mexico , where she was a student of the Peruvian art critic Juan Acha.

He travels to New York City in 1987. Since then he has settled in the United States, first in New York and then in Philadelphia . In 1987 he received a work scholarship at the Printmaking Workshop led by Bob Blackburn . In the United States, he pursued the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he graduated in 1992 with distinction Magna Cum Laude .

In 1996, he worked as a clay modeling teacher at Hunter College in New York and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Kukuli Velarde continues to perform individual and collective shows. Throughout his career he has received various scholarships and prizes, such as the Recognition of Freedom of Expression granted by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation in 1993. In 2013 he participates and obtains the First Prize at the VII International Biennial of Ceramics of Gyeonggai In Seoul for its Corpus series and in 2015 received the Guggenheim Scholarship .


Rebellion in the Circus (1984), private collection

Kukuli Velarde has developed his sculptural work around the re-interpretation of pre-Columbian ceramics. His work in the series Plunder me, Baby (Saquéame, baby) stands out for the recovery of the technique and iconographic elaboration of the art Cupisnique , Nazca , Mochica , Tihauanaco as a framework for the representation of female eroticism in full social and ideological provocation. The titles of his works define the perception of the sculptural piece and invite the viewer to reflect on his concept of non-Western art and the prejudices it contains.Example: Chuncha Cretina , Beggar Indigenous Bitch , Chola de mierda 4

Being considered child-prodigy from an early age, she stopped painting for a long period and resumed painting at age 42. In his recent production we can find references of the Cusqueña School , Baroque religious painting , thematic of the Renaissance , in a series of self-portraits from its feminine, maternal or cultural condition in constant questioning of its own identity.

In the field of video art has made Sonqollay (2004) 5 where he appears in the company of his sister Vida Velarde. Both women are observed sitting and smoking, evoking the custom of the father while listening to their voice singing the Andean theme "Sonqollay" in Spanish and in Quechua. The camera was made by filmmaker Jorge Vignati. A year later, his father died at the Rebagliati Hospital in Lima. Another creation related to the memory of Héctor Velarde, according to the artist because "the voice of my father always manifests" 5 is Noises / Noises (2003).

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