Sebastián Calfuqueo (Santiago, Chile, 1991) lives and works in Santiago, Chile. He is an artist of Mapuche origin whose work explores his cultural heritage as a starting point for proposing a critical reflection on the social, cultural and political status of the Mapuche people in contemporary Chilean society. His work, which includes installations, ceramics, performance and video pieces, seeks to explore the cultural similarities and differences, as well as the stereotypes that emerge from the intersection between indigenous and Westernized modes of thought, and to raise awareness about issues relating to feminism and sexual dissidence. With an undergraduate and master’s degree in visual arts from the Universidad de Chile, Calfuqueo is part of the Mapuche collective Rangiñtulewfü and the magazine Yene. He is represented by Galería Patricia Ready in Chile.
His work has been exhibited in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Spain, the US, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia. Recent individual exhibitions of his work have been held at Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides, in Lima; Galería D21, Galería Metropolitana, and the MAC [Museo de Arte Contemporáneo] Quinta Normal, in Santiago; and Parque Cultural de Valparaíso. He is the recipient of the 2017 Award from the Municipality of Santiago, and the 2018 Fundación FAVA Award.