MFA University of Chile. Since 1993, when she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in printmaking at the Catholic University of Chile, Mónica Bengoa has been a professor at the same university, especially in the area of conducting creation projects.
Her artistic research has established a work process around the issue of the material expansion of everyday life, using photography as the central matter of her work. She has concentrate her investigation in the transference of photographic images to different materialities and supports, having as a result large-scale murals, all of a labor intense production. In this sense, she has established links of material exchange with other media and formats, including displacement strategies such as drawing and painting, and the use of objects.
Her visual arts career has developed both in Chile and abroad, participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions, biennials and projects organized by local and international curators, as well as self-managed endeavors.
She has received a FONDART funding from the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts on eleven separate occasions between 1994 and 2014 –for individual and group projects to be developed in Chile and abroad–, including a Bicentennial Fondart funding for the Promotion of the Creation of Excellence in 2009. She has received DIRAC (Direction of Culture of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) funding from in 2002, 2005 and 2012, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for 2003-2004 and 2015.
Among the main collections that include her work are the Contemporary Art Collection from the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Liège, Belgium; the Latin-American Art Collection of the University of Essex, London; the Contemporary Art Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile; and private collections in Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the United States.