Olga de Amaral at Sotheby’s

Sotheby's ebay - Olga de AmaralOne of Colombía’s best known artists is Olga de Amaral. She recently just had a major exhibition at the  MAMBO (Museum of Modern Art – Bogota) along with her husband Jim Amaral and Ricardo Cárdenas in an exhibition curated by Eduardo Serrano.

She is an artist who has dedicated herself mainly to the textile arts, becoming one of the most outstanding representatives of this art in America.

As proof of her international popularity a major work is being auctioned off tomorrow evening  by Sotheby’s. Bidding starts at $48000 so if you have a few extra pesos in your pocket to spend you can join in the auction from the comfort of your home and buy via eBay !!

The following artwork by Olga de Amaral forms part of the MAMBO’s private collection:

Olga de Amaral artwork

Sombra de Luna 4

Moon Shadow 4, 1987
Fiber and paint
200 x 125 cm


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ArtBo Weekend Edition!

Well… the weekend is coming up and if you are looking for something artsy and cultural to do you can sign up for the ArtBo Weekend edition and get free transport to and from this special ArtBo event.

As many will know ArtBo is an international arts event held each year around October and presented in Corferias. To maintain momentum in relation to arts in Bogota the organisers are having a special weekend of art from the 19-21 May 2017.

By signing up here you can get free entrance to the exhibitions “France-the whole terrain” (Francia(s) territorio líquido ) and “Public spaces” (Agora(s)) in the MAMBO (Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá), during the weekend period.
Also you may access for free the programming offered by the National Museum of Colombia in the following dates and times:
Friday 19th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Saturday 20th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday 21st – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Also, many galleries are staying open extended hours this weekend to allow us all to catch up with their latest exhibitions.

More information (in Spanish) on the ArtBo Weekend can be found here.



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Marcos Ávila Forero – Venice Art Biennal 2017

In Colombia 2017 is the “Year of France” so what better than to present a quick update on the work of a French Colombian. Marcos Avila Forero was born in Paris in 1983 and lives and works between there and Bogotá.

In 2012 he won the Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo 2012 and now he is taking part in the 2017 Venice Art Biennal. In the following video he presents his latest project visiting the people who live in the remotest places of Colombia.


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Maripaz Jaramillo – “Abrazos” – Baobab gallery

Maripaz Jaramillo PreciosOne of Colombia´s most well known female artists is Maripaz Jaramillo and she presents her next exhibition, “Abrazos” (“Hugs”) at Baobab Gallery in Bogota.

It starts on the 23 March 2017 with a vernissage event at 7pm and runs through to 21 April 2017.

Maripaz Jaramillo: Life of Art

Originally from Manizales, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Los Andes and did further studies at Chelsea School of Art in England, Heyter Workshops in Paris and Camnizer in Italy.

She is part of the generation of artists that emerged in Colombia in the seventies. His work aligns itself with the tendency of pop art and has addressed expressions of Colombian social culture by applying critical and humorous assessment of its reality.


The artistic production of Maripaz Jaramillo is characterized by the use of strong colours and a lack of fineness in the strokes. It distances itself from the formal elegance and expected academic requirements and its rough and colourful drawing has often been described as “deficient” by reviewers. Nevertheless the artist has not tried to amend her technique or identifiable style, since she does not seek with its work to replicate the reality but to interpret via exaggeration and visual abbreviation. Some commentators categorize her work as expressionism with critical overtones but the artist herself says that they interpret in her work a political background that she does not really seek to create.


During her artistic career, MariPaz has participated in about 88 collective exhibitions in Latin America, Europe and the United States, and in more than 50 solo exhibitions in Colombia, Germany, the United States and the Middle East.

Some of her works are part of the public collections of museums such as The Modern Art of Bogota and Museum of Modern Art of New York among others.

CV ( in Spanish)


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Gente Magna (Great People)

A portrait is a figure representing a person. Portrait can also mean the description of its figure or character, that is, of the physical or moral qualities of a person. It refers to the plastic expression of a person or imitation of it. The exhibition titled “Gente Magna” (Great People) is composed of three artists, the theme of which is portraiture. They are Yolanda Mesa, Nicholas Sperakis and Santiago Samper. These are portraits where the face and its expression predominate, that pretend to show the similarity, personality and even the mood of the person. For this reason, a portrait is not a mere reflection, but a composite image of the traits that identify it.

Portraits fulfill different functions. In portraits of leaders, in politics they are often used as a symbol of the state and are symptoms of a cult of personality. There is also the will to perpetuate the memory of a person and to create a permanent historical image.

Portraits of Worship
Yolanda Mesa (Medellín, 1953)

Mesa presents 57 works, in small and medium format. The sequence titled by the artist Portraits of Worship are realized by way of oil drawings on canvas. This is her latest creation, the result of a year of work and research. Says the artist who investigated  and researched why humans create myths about portraits and the tendency to create icons, which become identifiable, admired, worshiped and even idolized by the crowds. Some of these characters have stood out for their histrionic ability, like movie stars such as Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor. Others for their charismatic power and power of mass influence, such as Mao, Putin and even Trump himself and so many other characters that are stuck in the collective memory. “In doing this research, I was very careful that each of these characters were admired and worshiped by the public, sometimes more locally, as is the case of Shakira, Carlos Vives, Messi and other times were more universal characters such as the case of Marilyn Monroe, Che, Mao and many others. But at last they are all characters of adoration”, affirms the artist. As for his particular work Portraits of Worship, the format of the works is elongated, and the portraits are worked at the bottom of the format, as a way of indicating that these portraits are embedded in our mind, in memory.

Symbolic urban portraits
Nicholas Sperakis (New York, 1944)

The work includes 21 portraits, entitled Urban Portraits, made in ink on paper, in small format and four in medium format. This series consists of several imaginary portraits based on memory and observation. They are frontal portraits and profile, intimate; some reflect meditations and many of these correspond to the times of convalescence. They impose dramatic figures in strokes of a very personal expressionist language. The quality of Sperakis’ drawing includes black lines that mark the space of a work and of thick and thin lines that give a lot of force to his drawings.





Imaginary Portraits
Santiago Samper (Milan, Italy, 1954)

Samper exhibits 30 recent works in mixed media, in which he uses watercolors and inks, some of them homemade.
It is a singular work in terms of what it means in the plastic investigation of the artist. Portraits inspired by his travels around the world and his studies and periods of stay in Germany and the United States. His creativity is a stimulus to his own creative adventure. The world of dreams, of the events that inspire and recreate them, does not limit the creative possibilities of the artist.

María Cristina Pignalosa
Bogotá, February 20, 2017.

From: Thursday 23 February 2017

Curated by: María Cristina Pignalosa
Address : Calle 80 # 12 – 55
Phone : 3153610130 – 2177698


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Bogota Auctions: Colombian and Latin American Modern & Contemporary Art

Bogota Auctions is the principal if not only auction house in Bogota, Colombia dealing in contemporary, modern and antique artworks. On Tuesday 5th March 2017 they will hold their latest art auction with over 70 lots. Their latest catalogue of colombian and latin american artworks includes well known modern artists such as Edgar Negret, Omar Rayo, Antonio Roda and Manuel Hernández; contemporary work from Gaston Betelli, Luis Luna and Carlos Blanco. Other Colombian works include artists such as Ricardo Gómez Campuzano, Roberto Paramo and Jesus María Zamora. Latin american artworks by Francisco Toledo, Antonio Seguí, and Wilfredo Lam are also available.

To participate in the auction you need to register by contacting liliana@bogotaauctions.com. It is also possible to personally register the day of the auction, during the two hours prior to the start of the sale, at the Bogota Auction headquarters.

The auction begins at 8pm and works can be viewed during the day at:

Carrera 7A #69-26 (2nd floor), Bogota.


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“The Fable of the Blind Artist” – Dario Ortíz

The Museum of Modern Art of the State of Mexico celebrates its 30 years of existence with the exhibition “Darío Ortiz: The Fable of the Blind Artist”, a selection of works by the Colombian artist based in Mexico.

The exhibition, made up of works belonging to Mexican collections made mostly in the last decade, intertwine forms of the Renaissance and Baroque with a contemporary look that questions historical dogmas, investigates in the collective memory and manages to visualize, through art, the tones of modern civilization.

Darío Ortiz (Ibagué, 1968), works on a figurative narrative that explores the human condition; To materialize the argument the painter makes use of a refined technique that flirts with the surrealism and theatricality of the classic antiquity, uniting the legendary practices of man with those of the present time, revealing a criticism of the paradoxical situation of contemporary man and his accelerated existence. The crossing of garments, actions and customs between centuries makes certainties uncertain and calls for a deep reflection on the strict laws of the earthly.

The public will be able to enjoy this exhibition from March 4 at 12:00 in the Museum of Modern Art, located in the Centro Cultural Mexiquense, until April 17, and understand the question that the author himself poses: Does slow and meditative painting make sense in this dizzying and fleeting world where the ephemeral has primacy?

Centro Cultural Mexiquense is a cultural center located on the western edge of the city of Toluca in central Mexico.
 Address: Jesús Reyes Heroles 302, Delegación San Buenaventura, 50110 Toluca de Lerdo, Méx., Mexico

Hours:  10AM–6PM
Phone: +52 722 274 1222


Original article in Spanish


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Art Week Miami – December 2016

A number of art event at Art Week Miami present artworks of several well-known Colombian artists, some of which are noted below. For most fairs their last day of opening is tomorrow 4th December 2016.

Art Miami

Durban Segnini present artwork by artists Carlos Rojas and Ramirez Villamizar and the Mexican gallery Pablo Goebel has excellent works by Ana Mercedes Hoyos and the Adler and Konkright gallery present works by Nadin Ospina. Meanwhile the Jerome Zodo gallery presents several paintings and drawing by Fernando Botero. Also showing sculptures by Botero is Rosenbaum Contemporary Art Gallery.


Casa Cuadrada showing two artists from Spain: Ismael Lagares and Rafa Macarron

LGM Gallery is showing the works of several artists including Sair Garcia.

Adelson Gallery has a very strong focus on Federico Uribe whose art has had a recent strong interest from a number of museums and which can be seen next year at the California Centre for the Art in Escondido (March – June) and at Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin (June – August).


Untitled is a curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces has been held in Miami Beach every December since 2012. In a short period of time, the fair has more than doubled the number of participating galleries and nonprofit art organizations. Omar Lopez-Chahoud is its independent curator and artistic director and he has included the following galleries from Colombia:

9-80 Nueveochenta Gallery presents the following artists:

Juan Fernando Herrán, Fernando Uhia, Juan Carlos Delgado

Instituto de Visión presents a solo booth with Otto Berchem, and WALDEN from Buenos Aires.



Proyecto Zeta presents works by street artists Pez, Crisp and DJ Lu.

Indianabond Project from Bogota presents work by Eduard Moreno

Eduard Moreno - Scope 2016

Oil and carbon paper files washed with turpentine on board





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Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

As part of the Salon talks at Art Basel Miami the Colombian artist gave a presentation on “Low Resolution Stories” whereby information can be transformed and a new story created by the interpretation of images based on low resolution… almost like a game of visual chinese whispers…!  One example he gave was of the story where a “reptilian” formed part of Barack Obama’s secret service bodyguard retinue … obviously later debunked.


Ortiz also forms part of the artists selected for this show at Art Basel Miami by the Casas Riegner gallery.

Bernardo Ortiz art at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz art at Art Basel Miami

He has worked as a professor of the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, the Universidad del Valle and the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts in Cali. His work is present in outstanding collections inclusding those of Tate Modern Collection, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; CNAP Center National des Arts Plastiques, France; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; Patricia Phelps of Cisneros Collection, New York, USA; Modern art museum Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France.


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Art Basel Miami 2016

This year’s Art Basel Miami 2016 is an art fair that features 269 prominent galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, exhibiting works of more than 2,000 artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s reapplication rate of 98% shows the importance of this art fair to the galleries that participate which may be because it attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year.

Art Basel 2016 Miami is open to the public from 01 to 04 December 2016 at the facilities of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Colombian based galleries participating are: Casas Reigner,  Mor Charpentier and Instituto de Visión – all basedin Bogota.

Bernardo Ortiz - MOMA Collection

Bernardo Ortiz – MOMA Collection

Art Basel Sectors

Art Basel presents art through multiple sectors, each defined by its own independent selection process and committee of experts. These are presented below with the relevant Colombian connections

Galleries: More than 200 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists.

         Casas Riegner: – Bernardo Ortíz

Nova: Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing new works that have been created within the last three years, the Nova sector often features never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio and strong juxtapositions.

         Instituto de Visión

         Mor Charpentier:  – Oscar Muñoz

Positions: Curators, critics, and collectors can discover new talents from all over the world when a single artist present one major project here.

Edition: Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples present their collaborations with renowned artists.

Kabinett: Curated exhibitions of certain galleries are presented in a separately delineated space within their booths.

Public: This sector includes outdoor sculptures, interventions, and performances, sited within an open and public exhibition space at Collins Park (2100 Collins AVE) near the beach.

Film: A presentation of films by and about artists. Screenings take place inside the Convention Center and in the outdoors at SoundScape Park.

Survey: Historical art projects are presented in this sector.

Magazines: Worldwide art publications display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth.

Oscar Muñoz - MOMA Collection

Oscar Muñoz – MOMA Collection



Vernissage ( invitation only)

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm

Public days

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 2, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12 noon to 6pm


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MAMBO: “Mutinous- Mother Earth”



“The symptoms of the present society allow us to understand that we are in a moment of global crisis, we live in a sick society. Modernity left us with legacy rooted verbs like: conquer, progress, change, build, replace, transgress, destroy, exterminate, lie, consume, lack, need among many other actions that are rooted in the collective unconscious and relate to an economy Which is still in force. The environmental forecasts and that overflowing capitalism that was compared by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari with one of the strongest mental illnesses as schizophrenia, which is characterized by personality alterations, hallucinations and loss of contact with reality. A world where our deepest desires are transformed into artificial desires that make consumption from a sugary black drink to experiences and new advertising strategies.

Edgardo one of the characters of King Lear expresses The prince of darkness is a noble knight, this phrase is as valid as other William Shakespeare, because the contemporary world is dominated by corporations that appear before the “poor” but rich countries. In natural resources such as the “noble gentlemen” whose speeches are full of possibilities of diverse orders like the offer of work to many people who need it and under the arm they bring contracts where the profits are for them, the mistreatment to the nature is devastating And they pay fines for various reasons that they contemplate in their budgets. We just need to take a look at the mining or oil companies that use fracking contaminated land and water. Some of these companies disseminate transgenic seeds in order to end the hunger of the countries most in need. Glyphosate is used to eradicate illicit crops which damages the soil, and produce diseases that do not yet have statistics, these chemicals are produced by Monsanto, the same company that uses hormones and antibiotics in cows to produce more milk faster and Less expensive in the United States, and the same one that created Agent Orange to spray the forests and the inhabitants in Vietnam and is one of the companies that patents and monopolizes genes, processes of genetic modification, seeds and even complete plants that belong to the whole humanity.

There are also speeches to build plants and create nuclear weapons in cities, proclaim energy for all, argue the security and stability of the country in the face of a global conflict. Akira Kurosawa in the unforgettable Dream movie presents an image of Mount Fuji where the sky is stained red from the outbreak of a nuclear power plant, this film warns us of nuclear bomb tests and reminds us of Hiroshima and Nagazaki. It also confronts us with present history: France did a test at Mururoa atoll in Polynesia (Lost Paradise), North Korea has just completed another test in September this year. And we can not forget the reactor that exploded in Chernobyl and the escape of the nuclear power plant of Fukushima, nor the deaths, the radiation, the tremors, the movement of the plates and the epidemics of cancer that produced.

This reinforces the idea that the earth became a paradise that was lost by the hand of the human being, the individual today enjoys the mirrors, because these mirrors only him and make him forget everything else, already Many philosophers tell us that the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are the most individualistic in history.

In Genesis one of mankind’s metaphors: “Let us make man in our image and likeness: to command in the fish of the sea and in the birds of the sky, in the beasts and in all the terrestrial vermin and in All the reptiles that creep on the earth. “And the human being took these words seriously and dominated the land, the animals and reached brutal and systematic extremes such as the exterminations of Native Americans, Indians, Jews, Syrians, among others So many who die day by day

It is paradoxical that only after XXI centuries Pope Francis spoke about the environmental problems: “The land seems to become more and more an immense deposit of filth”, it is only necessary to take a look at the “plastic soup” that forms Today a kingdom in the Pacific Ocean and that poisons a million birds, marine mammals and turtles after eating plastic or tangled in it. The statistics provide us with figures such as: between 12,000 and 24,000 tons of garbage eaten each year by fish in the Pacific.

But what does this data mean? Is it simply an alarming number, or one of the visible warnings that the planet is asking for help not to die? Or it tells us that it will regenerate and the question then would be: what will happen to the human being ?

Mother earth mutinous born of observing human actions against the earth, but also a project that wants to connect all forms of creation in favor of nature. The 21st century has a challenge to find a balance, every year Earth Day is celebrated on April 26, agreements are made, but these are only fulfilled with the commitment not only of governments, mutinational and ourselves. The Global Network of the Ecological Footprint published this August 8 that we use all the resources of what the earth can regenerate. More and more alarming, we are at a point where we can not be indifferent to the disasters left by the dynamics of modern society.

Since the end of the 80’s, some artists have linked their artistic practice with the environment they have done in the form of resistance, where practice is linked with activism, where art is linked to life and its processes are a response of one Way of thinking, denouncing and acting. Art is what is not accommodated, it is what dissolves the mimesis of the narcissistic society, interferes and subverts it, manifests its nonconformity. Contemporary practices are processes that are measured by the experience that is built with the community, the problems that the world is experiencing, the void provided by the institution, or life itself. Current art is discursive, and the work is the same text, which does not have a single meaning but is polyvalent, is not defined from established paradigms, is an art that is transformed from its very existence.

For its part, the spectator approaches and participates in these practices, engages in dialogues from the closest to the artist (s), experiences the works in their singularity and is situated as close to and from this perception, creates their own discourses and experiences. Thus, not only artists, but biologists, peasants, students, ecologists, psychologists, designers, communicators and many people connect with the earth and the environment in a multidisciplinary way in their proposals.

Only through the actions led with an altruistic spirit, activist practices that supposes a political position in the noble sense of the word, it is possible to approach micro utopias that go against all kinds of violence and corporate manicheans.

The sample infers on what is happening in the moors, rivers, endangered animals, non-biodegradable waste, chemicals in food, seed patents, climate change, indiscriminate logging of forests , Destruction, pollution of water by mercury and arsenic used in mining and plastic that cancer for the planet.

Mother Earth, officially nominated by the UN and the interdependence we have with it, went wrong.

Our Pachamama riots and us with her!”

María Elvira Ardila
Curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá

Original article in Spanish: Mambo


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Colombia in Scotland

Three well known Colombian artists are participating in the Edinburgh Art fair in Scotland.

Eivar Moya, Graciela Gómez and Manuel Serrano presented their latest works with the Gaudi Galery from Madrid, Spain at Scotland’s biggest art fair which often receives over 10,000 visitors each year and often sells more than 1000 pieces of art in just a few days.

All three artists have extensive experience of showing their works internationally and for Gómez and Moya this is their second time to include artworks at an event in Scotland having participated in ExpoEscocia.com in 2011.

Eivar Moya

Graciela Gómez

Manuel Serrano




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