Pablo Echaurren (Roma, 1951) is an Italian painter of Chilean origin . His artistic life is fully immersed into sociability, into his daily existence. His works are linked to the comics world, the music, the street art and the mass culture, through this Pop iconography, combined with Dadaism and Surrealism languages, the artist presents his criticism of the society, using an ironic language both familiar and disturbing. Son of the Chilean painter Roberto Sebastian Matta, he starts to work as a painter too at the age of 18, and has been discovered by the critic and gallerist Arturo Shwarz: father of the Italian dada-surrealism and owner of a gallery in Milan, wher Pablo will present his first solo show in 1974. His researches are initially focused on the creation of small paintings inspired by the comic-books style, like Starlight is sleeping (1974) and Buonasera, potete sentirmi? (1974), defined by the arist himself «not paintings, but pages of a conversation or an encyclopedic essay about myself and the world thet sorrounds me». In 1973 Enchaurren is invited by Achille Bonito Oliva to present his work at the show Contemporanea, at Villa Borghese in Rome; from this year the artist starts to gain an international recognition with several exhibitions in Europe and in the United States, including the one at the Paris Biennale in 1975. His artistic language is original and dynamic, based on the Pop, minimal art and Poor Art experiences; it is also inspired by the worl of Oyvind Fahlström and Gianfranco Baruchelli, and by the work of the Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai, and so is visible in his brilliant ukiyo-e of nature and landscapes in Il fattore di Katsushika (1974). To these influences the artist adds a critical analysis on the globalization and the mass media phenomenon, and in 1977 he joins a movement called “Indiani metropolitani”, a young and ironic group, who was experimentating the Italian contro – cultura (anti-cultural movement), for whom Pablo designs magazine's covers, posters and anti-comics. From this period we recall the comic story. Twenty years after on the life of the Futurism father Tommaso Marinetti, included in the catalogue Oltreconfine. Indiani metropolitani, maodadaisti e altri avventuristi a Roma (Rome, Joyce & co., 1988), and also the experimentations with pottery, tapestries, jewels and comics, before the artist returns to explore the true paint dimension. In 1997 he joins the Accademia di San Luca in Venezia, and presents at the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia (Venice International Film Festival) the movie called Piccoli ergastoli, the result of a long activity done with some inmates at the Rebibbia prison in Rome. In 1999 the artist is invited at the Venice Biennale.
From the beginning of the XXI century his work is focused on a series of canvases with a theme he defines Monstrum, where can be seen dreamy and macabre influences, mixed with popular culture, like in Gente fosforescente (2002). The great passion for music and for the elctric bass (Enchaurren is a collector of this instrument and a big Ramones's fan) become great creative stimulations for the colleges music-themed that will be exposed together with his musical instruments collectione in two solo shows in Rome: L'invenzione del basso at the Music Auditorium (2009) and Baroque'n'Roll at the MACRO (2011).
Many important exhibitions has been presented in italian museums, such as: the Chiostro di Bramante (2004) and the Museo Fondazione Roma (2010-2011), in Rome, at the Magazzini del Sale di Cervia (2008), and at the MAR – Museo d'arte della città di Ravenna (2011).
In 2013 Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. in Bologna has organized the exhibition Roberto Sebastian Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pablo Echaurren (catalogue Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m., Silvana Editoriale, 2013), curated by Danilo Eccher and presented at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, set up the same year as the 55° Venice Biennale. In this show the work of Enchaurren engages in dialogue with his father's and his american brother's, this three artists have in common a visionary creative language combined with the social aspect of their narrations. In 2017Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. has curated and promoted the solo show “Duchamp magnétique” at the Scala Contarini del Bovolo in Venice, where have been presented the new-dada collages inspired by La Boîte Verte - La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même the famous work by Marcel Duchamp (1934), also set up in this exhibition, reproduced and revised in Enchaurren's collages.