Humberto Pinochet

For Humberto Pinochet, travel is a continuous source of inspiration. Thematically diverse, his works are windows onto a world that the artist invites us to discover. Urban scenes, landscapes and seascapes are some of his favourite themes.
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Born in Santiago, Humberto Pinochet is Chilean of origin and has lived in Quebec for more than thirty years. He grew up in a family of artists, which has greatly influenced him in the choice of his career as an artist. A friend of the family, renowned artist Arturo Pacheco Altamirano, inspires the young boy to consider a career in visual arts. Armed with this newfound confidence, and under his mother’s guidance and tutelage, Humberto dedicates himself to his art, and wins his first contest at the age of ten.

Humberto becomes a student at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, at the Faculty of Architecture and at the Graphic Design School. He is also a graduate from the Visual Art School of Laval University.

Humberto Pinochet devotes himself entirely to painting, his passion, and participates to different artistic and cultural events, as well as to more than 100 exhibits in Canada, South America, the United-States, Asia, Africa and Europe.

He has participated also for the last ten years, to more than forty painting symposiums across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. He is the recipient of a great number of prizes and distinctions during his career, such as the title of Academician granted by the International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec in November 2006, Academician Counsel in 2007, and Master of the Academy in 2009.

The Mazarine Academy of France appoints him member of honour for life, for his ability and his self-devotion to art. In December 2007 and December 2008, he is selected for the National Salon of Fine Art to exhibit as a representative of the Canadian delegation at the Carousel of the Louvre in Paris.

For Humberto Pinochet, traveling is a source of constant inspiration. His paintings carry a great thematic diversity, and are open windows on a world that the artist invites us to discover. The urban scenes, the landscapes and the seascapes are amongst his privileged themes

His artistic impression is marked with intense colors, and with exotic subjects full of light. His pictorial universe is in perpetual mutation. His artwork can be found in many Art Galleries, corporate and private collections mostly in France, and also across Canada and the United States.

This passionate and generous artist is featured in many press reports and television interviews.

Artist’s statement

Humberto Pinochet possesses an insatiable curiosity for the world that surrounds him. His first travels go back to his teenage years, and since then he has travelled the world in a way that allowed him to discover the unique history of each country, visiting it in a singular way so he would imbue himself with their essence: cross Europe on a train, discover France’s impressionists, admire the old cities of the Roman Empire as well as the Italian Renaissance, or simply discover the American Far West while riding a Harley Davidson.

For Humberto, it seems that there are no frontiers, and this is what he makes us live through his paintings, opening a window on a world filled with emotion, color and light.

Humberto’s great passion for his work was born when he was a child. He grew up on his father’s ranch in Linares, Chili, where the local artistic community converged on a regular basis. Her mother, an artist herself, encouraged and guided him throughout his exploration of painting. At nine, Humberto was already the proud owner of his own easel and paint tubes.

What makes Humberto’s work so irresistible is the empathy he has for everything and everyone around him. He considers himself blessed for having been surrounded by creative people, but he also remembers the heavy reality of war and exile, which has left its marks as much as all his discoveries did while travelling the world. Humberto imbues his paintings with his life experience, and offers us a world to discover, full of emotions and filled with his unique vision by presenting us with scenes that are a reflection of his heart and soul.

Humberto has made his home in Charlevoix, Quebec, and the proximity of the St-Lawrence River as well as the artists that orbit this region add to the inspiration that his studio provides him. This « thought laboratory », as he refers to his studio, is filled with numerous books, magazines, pictures and other souvenirs from past travels. Humberto isn’t impressed by the « syndrome of the white canvas, » but he rather welcomes this opportunity to go in quest of the « authentic creativity. »

Humberto’s open-mindedness brought him to explore multiple mediums, such as photography, which he still regularly practices, and sculpture. He always comes back to acrylic painting, however, because it allows him to explore luminosity. He also takes commissions, which for him represent another sort of challenge, one where he interprets a world according to someone else’s vision: another universe to explore.


Honours, Prizes and Mentions (selected)

2021Grand Master, Fine Art, Académie des Beaux-Arts du Québec, AIBAQ
2018Master, Fine Art, Académie des Beaux-Arts du Québec, AIBAQ
2013Grant of Excellency and Finalist, 5th place, International of Miniature Art of Lévis, Ville de Lévis, Quebec
2011 to 2013Artist of the Year, Académie internationale des Beaux-Arts de Québec, Laval, Québec
2007President of Honour, « Symposium de peinture des Îles de la Madeleine », Québec
2007President of Honour, Symposium de peinture « Les couleurs de Kamouraska », Québec

Solo Exhibitions and Galleries (selected)

2019 to todayGalerie du Vieux St-Jean, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
2017Galerie le Harfang, Weedon, Québec
2016, 2017Atelier Humberto Pinochet, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2011, 2015Inglewood Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta
2014Hôtel Tadoussac, Tadoussac, Québec
2011 to 2013Café des artistes, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2010Festival de peinture de Mascouche, Québec
2009Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2007 to 2009Bright’s Gallery, Collingwood, Ontario
2009Galerie Vincent d’Indy, Boucherville, Québec
2006, 2007Villa des arts Liliane Bruneaux, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec
2004Galerie Artis, Boucherville, Québec

International Exhibitions (selected)

2017Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting, Manjing, Chine
2011Hôtel du département, Vannes, France
2010International Festival of Painting, Monastir, Tunisie
2010Musée de l’émigration Française au Canada, Tourouvre, France
2010Autoworld Museum, Bruxelles, Belgique
2010La Catalogne invite le Québec, Salon International d’arts plastiques, Sainte-Marie-la-Mer, France
2010Biennale d’Arts Contemporains, Enclave des Papes (Valréas, Richerenches, Visan, Grillon), France
2009AIDAC, Saint-Tropez, France
2009SIAP, Béziers, France
2009Ateliers 109, Cannes, France
2009Parcours Art et Vin, Languedoc-Rousillon, France
2009Espace culturel – Hôtel Boston, Zaragoza, Espagne
2009Arradon, Port Blanc et Vannes, France
200953e International Salon of Fine Arts, Béziers, France
2008Exhibitions in six castles of France : Château de l’Engarran, de Capion, de Jonquières, Domaine de la Dourbie, Domaine de la Croix Belle et le Clos du Lucquier
2008Salon des Beaux-Arts de St-Tropez, France
2007Salon National des Beaux-Arts, Caroussel du Musée du Louvres, Paris, France
1974 to 1977Varied exhibitions, Chili

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2018 and 2019Centre culturel Paul-Médéric, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2018Atelier Humberto Pinochet, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2017Biennale international de miniatures de Lévis, Québec
2009Galerie d’art Cristobal, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2009Centre d’art de Baie-St-Paul, Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2007Festival « Paysages en peinture », Baie-St-Paul, Québec
2005 to 2007Symposium des Grands Peintres, Chesterville, Québec
2007Galerie Maistre, Trois-Rivières, Québec
2006Symposium de peinture de Kamouraska, Québec
2005, 2006Symposium de peinture des Îles de la Madeleine, Québec
2005Symposium des Arts de Shawinigan, Québec
2005Symposium international de peinture, Carnaval de Québec
1978 to 2004 Various exhibitions, Quebec

Interviews and publications

2014Arabella Magazine, « Painting the Impossible »
2013Babill’AAPARS, « Humberto Pinochet »


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