Loreto Sanhueza was born in Santiago , Chile . She was drawn to art since very young and she painted her first oil when she was seven. It was at that time, when her mother was posing for a portrait, that she knew that her life would be devoted to art. Her paintings reflect the love of the human being in his environment. She is widely known in her country and abroad for her representations of the Latin American indigenous people. Her pieces show the goodness, wisdom, happiness and beauty of the faces of the native people.

The artist usually paints women, children and elderly people, in a contemplative attitude, surrounded by their everyday belongings and their work tools. Her still life paintings are characterized by a richness of textures and weaves on the antique doors, the clay and copper pots, carpets and shawls, all of which show the inherent marks of time.

Loreto's drawing skills are superb, her colours are alive, her technique excellent. She uses renaissance velature and impressionist touches mixed with direct spatula to create a very unique approach to painting.


The artist's formal art studies lasted only three years, at the Institute of Contemporary Art and with a private teacher in Santiago, Chile . Since then she has continued to work on her own, discovering her own techniques, of special interest are her works with gold and silver leaf. She has taught art for twenty years to her students.

Loreto has won two first prices in the Museum of Latin American Art in Florida, USA, and two others prices in Santiago, Chile .

She works mostly on commissions and her work is currently held in various private collections in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Holland, England, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, France, Chile, Spain, India, etc.

On going at Gran Hyatt Hotel in Santiago.

She lives part time in Santiago, and near the beach in Condominium Lomas del Mar, Maitencillo. In 2008, she was featured in "Imágen y Crítica", and years after included in "Inernational Contemporary Artists Volum VII ".

In 2011, Loreto was invited to participate in the Florence Biennale 2011, receiving a special award, a diploma and a medal of Lorenzo the Magnificent, from the International Jury in painting, for two of her works; the triptic "Aymara Culture" and the diptic "Precolombine Culture'.