Lily Garafulic

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Lily Garafulic with a self-portrait

Lily Garafulic Yankovic (May 14, 1914 – March 15, 2012) was a Chilean sculptor and museum professional of Croatian descent. She was a member of the Generation of 40 (Generación del 40) artists, which included other Chilean sculptors, including Marta Colvin.[1] Garafulic was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in New York City in 1944.[1] She served as the director of the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts from 1973 until 1977.[1]

Garafulic was born in Antofagasta, Chile, on May 14, 1914.[1] She began attending the School of Fine Arts at the University of Chile in 1934, where she studied under the sculptor Lorenzo Domínguez.[1] In 1944, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to New York City, where she studied at the New School of Social Research (now called The New School) and worked with the engraver William Hayter.[1]

Garafulic became a professor of sculpture at the University of Chile in 1951. Her students included Sergio Badilla Castillo and Raúl Valdivieso.[1] She became a professor emerita at the University of Chile in 1997.[1]

She received the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas award in 1995.[1]

Garafulic died on March 15, 2012, at her home in the Parque Forestal section of Santiago, Chile, at the age of 97.[1]

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