Colombian artist with no boundaries to a life devoted to Art, with a huge repertoire of small-scale drawings, etchings, and prints
I was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1955 with a pencil in my hand, so they said. My mother taught me the basics of drawing for a kid. A little house here, a tree there, a river and some animals. Basically, the same (plus a few more complicated others) that I draw during my whole life since then and until now. After trying to study biology and very bored and worried with lots of mathematics, physics and chemestry, I decided to start art education in Geneva, Switzerland. There, I drew all the time during six years and I also attempted, not succesfully, to paint and I made a lot of etchings as well. When I returned to Medellín, I was a teacher for 5 years and I decided to consacrate all my time to drawing night and day during the whole week, whole month and year after year until the present day. In the eightees, nobody worried that much about an artist filling small notebooks as a life project, but time came to be “discovered” by a curator in Bogotá and they began to call me for some groups and solo shows. After that, to my surprise, I was invited to the Sâo Paulo Biennale, the MoMA bought some of my works, the Drawing Center in New York was interested in my works and the Venice Biennale also invited me to participate. I continue to draw everyday as much as I can, hoping to do this for some more years to come.