Gabriel chaile


Born Tucuman, 1985.

Holds a degree in Visual Arts from National University of Tucumán. In 2009 he was awarded with a scholarship by Fundación YPF which allowed him to be a part of the first edition of the Artists Program launched by University Torcuato Di Tella. In 2010 he was selected to participate of Lipac, an art program by Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas.

In the works of Gabriel Chaile there is a junction between anthropology, theology-religion and art which is crossed by sense of humor, poetics, symbolics and political. Chaile likes to think of himself as a communicator of images which he reaches through contextual observations; to this end, Chaile puts himself and his context as his object of study. The forms question themselves and their condition of being as well as the relationship between one and the other.

His latest works include Sonia (El ondulatorio, La Rioja, 2018); Proto, a movie by Gabriel Chaile (Galería Ruby, Buenos Aires , 2017); Patricia, curated by Laura Hackel (Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, 2017); Mi nombre es legión porque somos muchos (Centro Cultural San Pablo T, Tucumán, 2016); No es culpa mía si viene del río (Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires 2015); Salir del surco al labrar la tierra, delirios de grandeza II (Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, 2014). Chaile was part of many collective exhibitions in Tucumán, Lima, Montevideo, Paris, Cuenca and Buenos Aires. He currently lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Black ink on hair and stroll. A Record of a Performance

“First of all, I must say that I “lived” in this artists’ resident house long before residents arrived from other countries. In Exchange to living there and my contribution was: to teach a group of children called:” Little Apprentices”.

The experience helped develop my Project, as time passed by I felt more and more comfortable, unaware of it, this special place was becoming part of me. The noises, the silences, the neighbors and neighborhood, Nico, Luz, Lucrecia, Gloria, my church friends’ the Di Tella crowd ...

New residents arrived during October and despite speaking different languages a synergy was immediately created between us. One of the things that brought us closer was our work. Through this experience, I came to understand their world, their thoughts and my own. 

One day I decided to draw. I wanted to leave a trace in that place, the one I lived in and which I felt a part of.

I covered my hair with watercolor and went for a walk. I used my head to think, my body to inhabit and my hands to draw.

I always think that there is no other territory that one knows better than one's own body and from that one conquer others. ”Gabriel Chaile