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Colombian Artists

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.

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.

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

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 in 2011.

Eivar Moya

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Graciela Gómez

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Manuel Serrano

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Street Art in Bogota!

Street Art Colombia

I love finding new articles on art in Colombia. This one however has another side to the story which is not revealed – and all is not rosy …so read on!

The article  provides some good information on international artists such as Pez (Spain/Cataluña) and Crisp (Australia),  as well as Colombian artists like Guache, Mico, DJ Lu, Praxis, Lesivo, Katze 3, and Toxicomano – all working there presenting their view of the world they want to see, be that political or pure art. Hosted on it has some great photos of the street art in Bogota.

Street artists or “grafiteros” as they are known in Colombia are now able to be much more open in what they are doing and and many are now even hired to cover temporary building site walls and placards as street artwork is often respected by peers and so is less subject to vandalism.

As the blog says, there is a generally permissive side now to street art in Bogota – but this was born with a price.

In 2011 the Bogota police killed grafitero Diego Felipe Becerra with two shots in the back. This of course caused a public outcry enough to cause the Vice-president of Colombia to take personal oversight of the investigation as the public would not have believed the police version. His friends organized a march for his cause.

This is at least one reason that you will find greater tolerance today by police and officials for the creation of art on the streets of Colombia.

So, now you know – enjoy the article I found and remember the true story behind it!

Here’s the link to the article: