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.

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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.

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

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ArtBo 2016

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It’s art month in Bogotá, and for three days, from October 27 to 30, the capital hosts the 12th edition of the International Art Fair of Bogotá (ARTBO), one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Latin America.

The City Paper

This year 74 galleries from 28 different cities from across the world have been invited to present their works, with 500 artists in attendance, as well as buyers, curators, and publishers. After more than a decade of opening up the Colombian capital to art, this year’s fair brings back respected galleries as well as newcomers Peter Kilchmann (Switzerland), Galerie Jérome Poggi (France), Rafael Pérez Hernando (Spain), and Johannes Vogt Gallery (United States). In addition, Latin American galleries El Apartamento (Cuba), Walden Gallery (Argentina), and AFA Gallery (Chile) will showcase their artists for the first time at ARTBO.

The ‘Projects’ segment of the fair will be curated by writer and exhibition-maker Jens Hofmann, deputy director of New York’s Jewish Museum and artistic director of the Cleveland-based FRONT International.The focus of “Projects” for this 12th edition is to explore the role of the figurative in the works of two leading women of Colombian art – Débora Arango and Beatriz González.

Mexican Pablo León de la Barra, curator of Guggenheim Latin America, has been commissioned for the ‘Referentes’ section where artists exhibit on a specific theme. And the up-and-coming talent salon “Artecámara,” in the hands of Colombian curators Maria Belen Saénz and Fernando Escobar, will present the works of 24 promising young Colombian artists, including award winners José Alejandro Restrepo and Sandra Rengifo.

This year’s fair also includes a new space titled “Talks with collectors” led by Abaseh Mirvali, an Iranian-American curator of contemporary art.

“With this edition we reach 12 years of supporting our artists and gallery owners, offering support for improving their competitiveness and supporting the circulation of the arts,” said Monica de Greiff, president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Last year’s fair attracted more than 35,000 visitors and consolidated ARTBO as the most important showcase for the art market in the country. The fair covers 13,000 square meters of the Corferias exhibition grounds and with each edition welcomes more visitors, proving that Bogotá is a vital arts capital in the Americas. The fair launched back in 2005 with 29 galleries from seven countries.

Among the high-profile Bogotá galleries at ARTBO 2016 are El Museo, La Cometa, Nueveochenta, Doce Cero Cero, and Beatriz Esguerra Arte. Two Manhattan galleries that specialize in Latin American art, Leon Tovar Gallery and Y Gallery, return this year, as well as the Los Angeles-based Steve Turner and Mama.

With a recently launched new website www.artbo.co and hashtag #ARTBO2016 to follow the art happenings on your mobile, the fair expects to receive 45,000 visitors, marking a new record in attendance for a fair that continues to position itself as an essential meeting place for artists, collectors and curators, but also a window on the Colombian capital.

Corferias  – Ave La Esperanza with Cra 39

Doors open noon until 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $32,000 (adults), $15,000 (students). Children under age 10 free admission.

Written by Richard Emblin, The City Paper

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‘Symmetry of Memory’ – Germán Bernal

Symmetry of Memory - German Bernal

Symmetry of Memory

An artistic dialogue between the geometry of nature and materials like wood and rice paper is that which is being presented in Cero Gallery by the Bogota artist Germán Bernal (1959), in his exhibition ‘Symmetry’ of Memory.

After living for 25 years in Europe, Bernal decided to return to Colombia a few years ago, specifically to a reservation near Icononzo (Tolima), where he created a space for artist residences for those  artists interested in working with nature.

“In my work I am evoking, somehow, the memory of nature and materials. And I use geometry as a language of knowledge, “says the artist, who trained as a photographer in Workshop 5 and then continued working in Europe with video techniques and jewelry.

The exhibition presents works of medium format in which geometric figures are worked in mixed media using recycled Japanese books of poetry, history and geometry papers and paper currency, in a clear allusion to the ancient wisdom of the East.

“I’ve always been inspired by Japanese aesthetics. I think we have much to learn from them. So I started working this series with Japanese writing paper, because I think that the handwriting has great mystery and magic” notes the artist.

In his wood sculptures, made from walnut, Bernal also returns to the experience gained of being a craft jeweler during many years in Hamburg.

Not surprisingly, he defines some of his works as ‘light clocks’, inspired by the careful assembly of a jewel in large format. It is curious how they change according to the perception of the viewer. “Somehow they deal with kinetic art, this being my updated proposal in wood” he says.

In his sculpture, Bernal reflect particular concern about their movement. “They are inspired by geometry, but here is a more organic form that evokes water waves and sound,” he concludes.

Symmetry of Memory - German Bernal

Symmetry of Memory

The exhibition runs until the first of December.

Cero gallery, Calle 80 n. ° 12-55, Bogotá

Inf .: (1) 217-7698 www.cerogaleria.com

Translated from an original article in ElTiempo.com written on 22nd November 2015

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The patchwork quilt, trunk of memories

Art Exhibition: The patchwork quilt, trunk of memories

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Neebex is a space dedicated to emerging art in Colombia, located in Candelaria in the centre of Bogota. Since 2012 the gallery has worked with a focus on young artists to support their projects. The gallery space is also available for students visits, the distribution of fanzines and independent publications.

Opening Thursday November 11, 2015
Until November 27.

Monday-Friday 10 am-6pm.

Free entrance.

Kra 3 # 12-42 | Tel. 2849490
Bogota, Colombia