Rebeca Puga is a Chilean-born painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Social Economical and Juridical Sciences from the University of Chile. Much of Puga’s work is inspired by what she observes while driving around Los Angeles, where she has maintained a studio for fifteen years.
1994 Master of Fine Arts, Departments of Painting and Printmaking. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
1993 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Summer Program Skowhegan, ME.
1989 School of Art. Pontificial Catholic University of Chile. Santiago-Chile.
1987 Bachelor of Arts. Juridical, Economical and Social Sciences. University of Chile. Santiago-Chile.
2008 Inside Out, Hengst, San Francisco, CA.
2003 Galería de Arte Plaza Anibal Pinto, Municipalidad de Temuco-Chile. 2002 AH/Acuna – Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1999 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1997 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
1996 Galería Arte Actual, Santiago-Chile.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 50 Años Taller 99, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago-Chile;
Pinacoteca Universidad de Concepción, Concepción-Chile.
2004 Two-Person Exhibition, Santa Ana College art Gallery, Orange County, CA.
Group Show, Museo Moderno de Chiloé-Chile.
2003 Stray Show, Chicago, IL.
2001 Group Show, AH/Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2000 Projections Intermission Images VIII, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Dancing Horses, AH/Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 1998 “Link,” Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1996 Manifestation d’Art Nouveau International ET Forum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul-Korea.
1995 Latin American Book Arts, Center for Book Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
National Library of Canada, Ottawa-Canada.
Papertrail, Seattle, WA. Mexic-Art Museum , Austin, TX.
The Content Of Abstraction. Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL. Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL.
Artists Choose Artists. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
Fourteenth Annual Exhibition & Benefit Auction. N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Abstraction. Doshi Center for Contemporary Art. Harrisburg, PA.
Much Ado About Art. Exhibition and benefit auction. Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL.
1994 The Content of Abstraction. Gahlberg Gallery Arts Center, College of DuPage.
Osaka Triennale 1994, prints. Osaka, Japan.
The Regional Artist’s Biennale ’94. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.
12th Annual Small Work Exhibition. Catalogue. Cobbleskill, NY.
Talent I, painting exhibition. Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL.
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
HONORS AND AWARDS
1995 Grant recipient. City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council
1994 Regional Artist’ s Biennale ‘94, Memorial A ward.
12th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Honorable Mention.
1993 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Merit Scholarship.
1992 The Hispanic Festival, Museum of Science and Industry, Third Prize. 1989 Miniprint International,
Cadaqués, Barcelona, Spain, Acquisition Prize.
Letelier, Francisco. Catalog Essay “ Rebeca Puga” 2003
Weins, Ann. ”Link,” a review. New City magazine. August 13, 1998.
Mellado, Justo. Catalog Essay “Rebeca Puga, Depth and Surface.” 1996.
Mena, Catalina. Review Revista Caras N# 219, August 1996 p.110, 111. Rivera, Alejandra. Review, Diario La Epoca. July 22, 1996, p.8.
Stone, Andre. Catalog Essay “The Content of Abstraction.“
1995. Riddell, Jennifer. Review. New Art Examiner, Summer 1995. P.45.
Myers, Terry “ Regional Artist Biennial exhibition catalogue 1995 Publicaciones Colectivas Taller 99, 1988