Monthly Archives: March 2017

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.

Artwork

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.

Career

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)

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.

CERO GALERIA – EXHIBITION: GENTE MAGNA (Great People)
From: Thursday 23 February 2017

ARTISTS: YOLANDA MESA –  NICHOLAS SPERAKIS – SANTIAGO SAMPER
Curated by: María Cristina Pignalosa
Address : Calle 80 # 12 – 55
Phone : 3153610130 – 2177698

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.

“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