A true rebirth
Life continues to amaze us with wonderful moments that are full of love: meeting people who never give up, even if the obstacles are great, and overcome conditions that are so dire such as living without feeling half your body.
In 2017, Carlos Astudillo Tudela was diagnosed with brain cancer. Doctors did not give him more than three months to live. But after a delicate operation, Carlos used art and his passion for painting as therapy. After a year, he organised his first Painting Exhibition, where he presented 70 works.
He had to start from scratch, he painted a third of the artworks with his left hand, the other half of his body is numb, as a result of brain cancer. Carlos’ artworks reflect his joy, love of life and his newfound strength.
“I am never going to give up”, he told us excitedly at the opening of his show, surrounded by many friends.
Carlos Astudillo Tudela, arrived in Australia in 1984. Had he stayed in Chile, he would have had to join the Carabineros. His father was Major of that association and wanted to enroll him as well as his other siblings; but he did not want that for his life and already had strong artistic inclinations, specifically painting.
Before leaving his country, he met muralists at the Brigada Ramona Parra, with whom he became involved and who have kept him motivated in his artistic life until today.
In 1995, Carlos met the love of his life, Elizabeth Valenzuela, who lived in Brisbane, on one of his trips to that city, but he would not see her until many months later, when the Chilean group Illapu performed at the Opera House in Sydney, where Carlos worked.
“I walked in the room, and I saw those beautiful eyes that I could not forget, I was not sure, but as I got closer, I had no doubts, it was her, and I greeted her with a shy kiss on the cheek”.
“We started talking quickly, she told me she had traveled from Brisbane for that concert, a gift for her birthday which was the next day. She was staying one night in a Hostel in Glebe and had to return to her city. It was a brief but unforgettable conversation. I had to leave her for a while, as I was working. When I came back, I felt sorry that she had left”, Carlos tells us very excited.
“The next day I took my bike and went to Glebe, I had to find her no matter what. I went from hostel to hostel looking for her. After an hour I still had not found her, but I continued without hesitation, it was her birthday, I had to find her, and I could not let her go without telling her my feelings”.
“When I started to feel tired and a little distressed, I entered one hostel and in a room watching television, I saw her, I told her I could not let her go without handing her a red paper rose, that I made the night before”.