Alberto Vitelio develops objects that stand out for the use and discovery of new artisanal processes and techniques, deeply linked to Chile’s culture
Alberto Vitelio was born in Santiago de Chile in 1990, in a newly installed democracy after 17 years of military-civic dictatorship. This period's cultural blackout, persecution, and censorship endowed the artistic scene with a profoundly dissident and anti-establishment voice. From 1990 onwards, art in Chile remained on the margins, while the territory became the laboratory for Milton Friedman's neoliberal politics.
From a young age, Alberto showed a deep interest in nature's mysteries. Archaeological vestiges, fossils, lava, and all the shapes and colors spread over the earth's surface. It is no coincidence that his work evokes a mysterious, silent cave-like aesthetic but is also magnetic and imposing. Unintentionally, Vitelio breaks with the sanitized and rigid notion of beauty and gives rise to an intimate experience that confronts us with a magnetism that stirs our entrails. What seems viscous, shiny, rigid, and at the same time fluid confronts us with what human nature seeks to silence: our own darkness.