I was born in Lima, Peru (1952) and grew up in New Jersey and New York. After graduating from high school, I studied languages at Rutgers University, New Jersey and Université de Tours, Tours, France. I received a Double Major in French and Spanish Languages and Literature with a Minor in Art History. My MA degree is from New York University in Latin American Literature. Upon completing my MA, I moved to the Near East and Europe where I worked as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language), studied languages and travelled during two and a half years. Upon returning to New York City, I studied photography and dark room printing techniques at the International Center of Photography and was later accepted as a full-time student at Parson’s School of Design where I received a Communication Arts degree. I worked as a Graphic Designer and Creative Art Director after art school, first full-time, then independently as Liliana Zavaleta Design, working in NYC, Upstate NY and then later in Chile. I received several awards for my work: Editorial and Marketing Awards, Honorable Mentions, a Best Brochure Design Award and the Best of Show Award from the Art Director’s Club of New York. In 1992 I moved to South America with my husband and two children where I had been hired to be the Director of the Design Department at a large advertising agency in Santiago, Chile. In 1996 I left the Advertising world and began drawing and painting with teachers Paula Salas and later, Jorge Kuhn. I became a full time visual artist and have attended various art workshops both in the US and South America, a Residency at Vermont Studio Center and advanced tutorials at Taller Bloc in Santiago, Chile.

My work has been exhibited in both Chile and the US.

Currently, I divide my time between Santiago, Chile and Upstate NY.


Group Shows

2019 Apero Gallery, 'Capture' February 2019 Fine Art Catalogue
2019 Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Fall - Winter 2018/2019
2019 Prince Street Gallery, Eleventh National Juried Exhibition, New York, Juror: Lori Bookstein
2018 Apero Gallery, 'Shape' November 2018 Fine Art Catalogue
2018 Apero Gallery, 'Color' October 2018 Fine Art Catalogue
2018 Bowery Gallery, 27th Annual Juried Show, New York, Juror: Karen Wilkin
2018 Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Spring/ Summer 2018
2017 ArtSTGO 2017, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM), Santiago, Chile
2017 Art Scene Today, First Place Winner, Online Juried Competition: F r a g mented
2017 FOA, Friend of the Artist, Spring 2017 Publication and On Line Art Space
2017 FAXXI VI Exhibition, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
2017 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California.
International Exhibition, Collage, Assemblage and Construction.
2016 Gihon River School Firehouse Studios, Johnson, Vermont
2009 Salustiano Casanova, Sala Exhibición, Santiago, Chile
2008 Salustiano Casanova, Sala Exhibición, Santiago, Chile
2007 La Hormiguita, Casa de Delia del Carril, Santiago, Chile
2006 La Hormiguita, Casa de Delia del Carril, Santiago, Chile
2005 La Hormiguita, Casa de Delia del Carril, Santiago, Chile


Workshops / Residencies

2017 Taller Bloc Tutoría, Gerardo Pulido, Santiago, Chile
2016 Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
2016 Cooperstown Drawing Center, Cooperstown, NY
2016 Collage Workshop, Alexandra Sheldon, Cambridge, MA
2015 Paper making workshops, June Tyler Papermaking, Norwich, NY
2013 – 2015  Japanese Bookmaking workshops, Papel Manera Japonesa, Santiago, Chile
2013 Printmaking workshops (Photopolymer Printmaking / Monotype Improvisation)
Zea Mays Printmaking, Northampton, MA
2012 Botanical Drawing, Geraldine Mc Kinnon, Santiago, Chile
2012 Conservation and Restoration of Paintings, Escuela de Artes Aplicadas, Santiago, Chile
2010 – 2011 Poetry Workshop / Memoir Writing Workshop, Santiago Writers, Santiago, Chile
2009 – 2011  Writing Workshops, Weekly Workshops, Santiago Writers, Santiago, Chile
2005 – 2010 Atrapaluz Studio, Jorge Kuhn, Santiago, Chile
1997 – 2004  Painting classes, Paula Salas, Santiago, Chile
1994 – 1996 Art History / Literature Courses, Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile



Diario El Mercurio, El Mercurio Cultura, April 08, 2017, Santiago – Chile