The blackbird is singing (2011) Jorge Kata Núñez

photo Paul van der Blom
About the artwork

The area around the Zwaanhals was renovated in 2011. Havensteder and Sonor took the initiative to refill existing ornamental frames and approached CBK Rotterdam for this. Jorge Kata Núñez is no stranger to Rotterdam mural art. Kata Núñez was banned from Chile in 1977 for political reasons and by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and came to the Netherlands by invitation. From that moment on he developed his interest in wall painting. He has made more than sixty murals throughout the Netherlands at public buildings, schools, universities or walls in public space. In the beginning he mainly painted murals that appealed to people's sense of solidarity. But this painting with the title The blackbird is singing expresses the love for nature. The last couple of years that has been his motivation for his work.

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About the artist

Jorge Kata Núñez (Valdivia, Chile, 1953) was a metallurgical worker. He started his artistic work in the Ramona Parra mural brigade in Valdivia. In 1974 he was arrested by the armed forces of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1977 he is sent to the Netherlands and sentenced to 15 years of exile. In 1979 he founded and participated in various mural brigades. In that year he also went to the Free Academy of The Hague. In Rotterdam he took part in various graphic workshops and started to make his own work. He lived and worked in Rotterdam until October 2012, after which he returned to his hometown in Chile. Kata has made more than 60 murals throughout the Netherlands, both in public spaces and in buildings in the Netherlands and Chile. In the beginning he mainly painted murals that appealed to people's sense of solidarity. His paintings, linocuts, books and engravings have been exhibited in various countries.

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Bleiswijkstraat 52, 3035 TL Rotterdam, Netherlands


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