Edgardo Catalan was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He studied art with the German expatriate painter Hans Soyka and the Chilean artist and printmaker Carlos Hermosilla Alvarez at the School of Fine Arts of Viña del Mar, Chile, where he graduated in 1960 as Master of Art in painting, drawing and printmaking.
In 1964, he migrated to the United States to head the art department of the Thacher School in Ojai, California. Eleven years later he resigned his position to dedicate more time to painting and moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he combined his work in his studio with teaching activities at several educational institutions.
Over the years he travelled extensively in Mexico and Western Europe.
In 1968 he had his first mayor solo exhibition in the States at the San Diego Art Museum in San Diego, California.
In 1970 he spends a sabbatical year painting in Mexico
1978, he is listed in the publication Who’s Who in American Art.
In 1981 he is invited to work in lithography at belgium’s Frans Masareel Rijks Graphic Centrum in Kasterlee.
He returned to Chile in 1986 and joined the faculty at the School of Architecture and the school of Design at the University of Valparaiso.
For seven years he was director of the University Art Gallery and responsible for the organization and conduction of the National Art and Poetry contest for young artists (artists under 30 years of age), during that time he was also a member of the board of directors of the North American Cultural Institute of Valparaiso.
In 1994 he was back in the States, as artist in residence at the Web School in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He returns to Chile once more in 1997, to re assume his position at the University of Valparaiso.
In 2000 he is invited, as a founding member to join the international collective of artists and professors of Europe and USA, Gandhi Group.
His work can be found in many private collections in the USA, Germany and Chile, and also in the collections of the The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, California; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, Chile.
In 2007, with a grant from the Atahualpa Foundation a book that resumes his life and work “Edgardo Catalan, A Poetics of Absence“ is published in Chile.
In 2007 he receives the Art Critics Award from the art critics’ circle of Valparaiso.
After 24 four years of teaching he resigned from the University in 2010
He currently works in his studio in Reñaca, Viña del Mar.