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The art and Culture of Southern Chile is unique in many ways because of Chile's Geographic isolation from the rest of South America and its historical position on maritime trade routes around Tierra del Fuego. It has developed a unique mix of European influences along with local Indigenous cultures.

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Pablo Fierro, saving southern Chile's Victorian architecture one sketch at a time
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...Pable Fierro is trying to capture that character a building only acquires through age and weathering...
Southern Chile's architecture is a unique reflection of the glory years of Chile, before the Panama canal cut South America off from the major shipping lanes and Germans immigrants flocked to settle in places like Puerto Varas and Valdivia in the South. Sadly, the social fad in Chile is to modernize and prove to the World that Chile is a developed country by using as much concrete and steal as possible, often at the expense of southern Chile's classic Victorian style homes.  Pablo Fierro Artist Puerto Varas Chile
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Casa de la Mujer Mapuche (House of the Mapuche Women)
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If you ask for places to go in Temuco, probably everybody will mention the House of the Mapuche Women. The problem is, nobody will explain to you what that is. Like most of us, you will think it is an Indian museum displaying arts and craft of Mapuche women. Far from that, La Casa de la Mujer Mapuche is a small store for Mapuche traditional textiles and craft in Central Temuco selling products produced by Mapuche women around the Araucanía region. The center itself is much more than the little store you will see in Temuco. They are actually in charge of a national distribution chain with stores in Puerto Varas, Valparaiso and Santiago, and are exporting to European countries. There is another distribution center located in Barcelona. Perhaps the whole project is best described as a collective or a consignment store.   
Rosa Rapiman
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Eduardo Cortés Cárdenas, Coal Sculptures from Lota
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He has dedicated his life to mining, long after the mines have closed.

Don Eduardo is today an artist, but worked for years as a Coal miner in the mines of Lota before it closed in 1997. We often think of Southern art in terms of its traditional source, either in local culture or some European tradition.  Don Eduardo's art is uniquely refreshing in that he invented this art and this medium as a means to survive after the closing of the Mines in Lota.  He represents a unique period in Chilean history by the style, subject, and the medium he uses that depicts the glory years of the region.

Eduardo Cortes Coal Sculptures
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Rosa Martínez, Temuco
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Weaving and Mapuche Textiles

In the Araucanía region of Southern Chile the Mapuche Textiles are very common and easy to find. It is not easy to distinguish those made by hand.  Señora  Rosa Martínez has years of experience and has become internationally famous for the quality and originality of her weaving. She frequently travels around the world presenting her art in Europe and the United States.
Sra. Rosa Martinez Textiles

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Eva Medina Trujillo, Temuco
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 Artist in Straw

Señora Eva has for more than 20 years been creating these sculptures and paintings in relief using small pieces of different colored straw. Even though it is not a traditional type of art of the Araucanía region, she incorporates the local culture in dedicating her designs to recreating the history and traditions of the
Araucano Indian Society.
Eva Medina Straw Art

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