Roser Bru

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Roser Bru
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Roser Bru Llop

(1923-02-15) 15 February 1923 (age 96)
Barcelona, Spain
Alma materUniversity of Chile
OccupationPainter, engraver
EmployerPontifical Catholic University of Chile
Notable work
Vivir en obra, Plan B

Roser Bru Llop (born 15 February 1923) is a Spanish-born Chilean painter and engraver associated with the neo-figurative art movement.[1][2]


With Spanish painter Javier de Villota in 2013

Roser Bru was born in Barcelona in 1923. The following year her family went into exile in Paris, France, as a result of the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera. Four years later, they returned to their hometown where Bru studied at the Montessori School and later, in 1931, at the Instituto-Escuela de la Generalidad [es]. After the Spanish Civil War, in 1939, she moved to France, where she embarked for Chile on the SS Winnipeg. She arrived in Valparaíso on 3 September of that year.

She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Chile from 1939 to 1942, where she was a student of Pablo Burchard and Israel Roa [es].[1] In 1947 she joined the Plastic Students Group, along with other artists such as José Balmes, Gracia Barrios, and Guillermo Núñez [es].[3] In 1957 she began her engraving studies at Taller 99, directed by Nemesio Antúnez.[4]

Roser Bru has exhibited in several countries in Latin America, as well as in Spain, while some of her works are in the Museum of Modern Art in New York,[5] the Brooklyn Museum, the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chiloé Museum of Modern Art [es], the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende [es], the National Historical Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6] the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, and the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, among others.[1][7][8][9][10][11]


In 1995 Bru was decorated by King Juan Carlos I of Spain when she was named Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.[1]

In 2000 she received the Altazor Award of the National Arts in the Painting category for Enseñanzas de Goya.[12] In 2013 she won in the same category for Vivir en obra. In 2004 she received a nomination in the Engraving and Drawing category for Un conjunto de sus 34 grabados en su cumpleaños número ochenta.[13][14] In 2005 received another nomination in the same category for Obra en exposición Pablo Neruda, la infancia del poeta.

In 2005 she was granted the Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic and Cultural Merit.[1]

In 2015, the Government of Chile awarded her the National Prize for Plastic Arts.[3][15]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Roser Bru: Biografía" (in Spanish). Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Edward J., ed. (1996). "Chile". Arte latinoamericano en el siglo XX [Latin American Art in the 20th Century] (in Spanish). Editorial NEREA. p. 312. ISBN 9788489569041. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Roser Bru Llop" (in Spanish). University of Chile. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ Monasterios Pérez, Elizabeth, ed. (1997). 'Con tanto tiempo encima': aportes de literatura latinoamericana en homenaje a Pedro Lastra ['With So Much Time Above': Contributions of Latin American Literature in Tribute to Pedro Lastra] (in Spanish). Plural editores. p. 222. ISBN 9788489891074. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Roser Llop Bru | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  6. ^ "Reports of the departments" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Hoy se inaugura en Barcelona la retrospectiva de la artista Roser Bru" [Today a Retrospective of the Artist Roser Bru is Inaugurated]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). 25 May 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ Ogalde, Rodrigo (18 January 2012). "Obras de Matta, Roser Bru y Carmen Aldunate exhibirán en la Expo Arte de Santo Domingo" [Works by Matta, Roser Bru and Carmen Aldunate Will Be Exhibited at the Santo Domingo Art Expo]. El Líder (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Roser Bru expone en la nueva sede del Taller 99" [Roser Bru Exhibits at the New Headquarters of Taller 99]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). 9 June 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Homenaje: Roser Bru y Antoni Tàpies". El Mercurio (in Spanish). 31 August 2003. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Retrospectiva de Roser Bru será presentada en México" [Retrospective of Roser Bru Will Be Presented in Mexico]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). Santiago. 31 July 2000. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Roser Bru" (in Spanish). Altazor Award. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Roser Bru" (in Spanish). Altazor Award. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Premios Altazor: nominados para la entrega 2004" [Altazor Awards: Nominations for 2004] (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 22 January 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  15. ^ Alarcón, Rodrigo (24 August 2015). "Roser Bru es elegida Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 2015" [Roser Bru is Given 2015 National Prize for Plastic Arts] (in Spanish). University of Chile. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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