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This work is part of a series about the Andes Mountains of Chile, which covers a large “cordilleran zone”, where forests, mountains, rivers and volcanoes coexist.
This woodcut is inspired by the native araucaria forests in southern Chile, in the Andes mountain range, in a place called Icalma (“Water mirror”) in the mapuche language.

This species of tree is endemic to the southern part of Chile, and also to Argentina. The araucaria is called “Pehuén” in mapudungún, the language of the mapuche people, originally from this territory. The “Pehuén” is the sacred tree for the mapuche culture, its cosmogony is closely linked to nature.

My work explores the power of nature. I am interested in representing its monumentality as well as reveal their own fragility over time, in the face of the permanent threat of human intervention.

55,5 x 77 cm

Ximena Medina Sancho

Born in Santiago de Chile.
BA in Fine Arts degree with a major in painting, Universidad de Chile (1991).
In 1998 she joined Taller 99 in Santiago, where she learns the different traditional engraving and printing techniques. In this space she trains as a printmaker, and develops an important part of her graphic work without interruption from 1998 to 2018, the year in which she moved to Madrid, Spain.

She works mainly in woodcut and gravure.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions, biennials and international engraving contest in America, Europe and Asia. Her work has been awarded highlighting the Encouragement Award, at the 11th Hida Takayama International Contemporary Woodblock-prints Triennale in Japan, 2020. That same year, her work was selected in the Call for Acquisition of works of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile, to form part of its collection.

In 2019 Ximena was awarded a scholarship from the CIEC Foundation, (Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea) granted at the III International Art Fair "Alma Gráfica", Oviedo, Spain, to take a specialized engraving course in Betanzos, Spain. Also she was awarded a scholarship by the Alfara Studio Art Center to carry out an artistic residency in its engraving workshops in Salamanca, Spain. In 2017 she received an Honorable Mention at the “XIV Bienal Internacional de grabado Josep de Ribera” in Xátiva, Spain.

She currently lives and works between Madrid and Santiago de Chile.

Birthdate: 08/01/1964

Nationality: Chilean

  • 2023- XXII International Print Biennial Varna, City Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria.
  • 2023- 13th edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Prints of Trois-Rivières. Raymond-Lasnier Exhibition Center, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.
  • 2022- Personal exhibition, “Desde el confín austral”, La Maldita Estampa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2022- NY Latin American Art Triennial (NYLAAT), “Abya Yala: Structural Origins”. Bronx Art Space/ Warburton Galerie/ Urban Studio Unbound, NY, USA.
  • 2022- International Biennial Print Exhibit: R.O.C. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.


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