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Biography / Juan Cristobal

Juan ChristobalJuan Cristobal Pinochet Araya was born in Chile in 1960. He established in Quebec City at the age of seventeen. He graduated high school at the "Petit Séminaire de Québec" and received his bachelors' degree in marketing and communication at the University of Ottawa. Despite that fact he regularly attended drawing and painting classes at his mother's school feeding his passion for painting.
During his twenties he was part of a portrait artists' group in old Québec. At the same time, he took part in regular life models workshops, and takes part at his mother school of art teaching and assisting.
For many years he challenges techniques knowledge, mediums and art history, getting the more experience through painting possible.
After thirty years of life and art career Cristobal has painted 2300 portraits in pastels, more than 3000 paintings in oil, pastel and acrylics; landscapes, cityscapes, figures, still-life and others.
He is a former member of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs, the Académie International des Beaux Arts du Québec and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada.
He founded the Academy Cristobal, Superior school of painting and drawing and he teaches in Montréal, Québec, Charlevoix and other regions.
He has participated at more than 50 group and solo exhibitions, seven times in Europe during the last years. He has been present at many of the main symposiums in Canada and worldwide.
He exhibits permanently in his two art galleries in Charlevoix, and on many Canadian art galleries.
Since his membership at the Pastel Society he has been honor with eight prizes, he was finalist twice at the National Art Conquest of Reves d'automne in Charlevoix, the gold medal from the city of Yvetot France, the Merit Certificate from the Chamber at the Ottawa parliament, the title of Pastel Master at the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada and the Title of Master in Beaux Arts at the Academy International de Beaux arts du Québec.
Cristobal has been edited in many books and art papers from specialized magazines as Magazin'Art and Pratique des Art from France, of which recently under the title of Pastel Master.
One of his pastel paintings has been selected for the permanent collection of the Pastel Museum of France.
He has been selected has the painter of the year by the Club du Cercle de la Garnison at Québec city for the year 2013.
He has been member of jury at the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, National Conquest of Reves d'automne, and at the international exhibition of Art du Pastel en France.
His studies and master knowledge of strategic composition of a painting have permitted to Cristobal to become a spokesman nationally and worldwide.