Carlos Leppe

Carlos Leppe

Carlos Leppe (8 October 1952- 15 October 2015) was a Chilean visual artist. He was born in Santiago de Chile, where he also studied Fine Arts in Universidad de Chile. Graduating as a painter, he was a student of Eugenio Dittborn, Carlos Altamirano, and Francisco Smythe, among others. His first corporal piece called Happening de las gallinas shows Leppe's early interest in Avant-garde art. He explored corporeal art, body art and spatial intervention through his career. Taking inspiration from artists like Joseph Beuys and Villalba, he developed pieces that questioned artistic instutions. Leppe's use of his own body explored sexual ambiguity, self-identity and parody. He cited himself constantly, sometimes using his own mother as a participant in his pieces. Some of his performances only were available in video format, proposing questions on the phisicality of perception. His work ranges from the reference of populat culture as in Mambo número ocho de Pérez Prado (1980), where he references a Carlos Gardel tango, to Acción de Arte-Estrella (1979) with references to Marcell Duchamp. Leppe won various prizes such as First Prize in Salón de Alumnos of the Escuela de Arte de la Universidad de Chile (1972). Jacques d' Arthuys best exhibit of the year (1973); the Beca en Gráfica of the Corporación Amigos del Arte in Santiago (1984) and the Premio Altazor for Videoart and Installation (2002).