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Les Moulins
Sao Paulo

José Antonio Suárez Londoño was born in Medellín in 1955. In 1977, he graduated from the Universidad de Antioquia with a degree in biology.

It was at this time that he began his disciplined and meditative artistic practice, mostly concentrating on printmaking, producing illustrations of miscellaneous subjects, such as portraits and botanic motifs combined with calligraphic text. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel, in Geneva, Switzerland, from which he graduated in 1984 with a degree in fine arts. Although he had already produced a consistent body of work, he found his signature process in the mid-1990s during a sojourn in Daytona, Florida, where he bought a small notebook and a black marker at a local Office Depot. While slowly reading Brian Eno’s A Year with Swollen Appendices, he began filling the notebook’s pages with humble sketches in response.

From this point on, his work would become a diaristic commentary on his literary interests and everyday activities—a visual synthesis that reflected his previous training in biology and his childhood obsession with the illustrated Larousse encyclopedic dictionary. In 1997, Colombian writer Héctor Abad Faciolince suggested to Suárez that they should work in tandem for a year, with Suárez producing a drawing a day illustrating his life in the form of a visual diary and Abad Faciolince responding in writing. Although this project never materialized, it initiated Suárez’s most recognized body of work; since then he has been routinely producing yearly notebooks filled with eclectic drawings of objects, landscapes, portraits, textile patterns, reproductions of Old Master paintings, and color studies. Known as The Yearbooks, these notebooks function as a visual autobiography revealing his intimate thoughts and literary, artistic, and musical interests. 

Eschewing public life and art-market dynamics, Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño has been working with the utmost concentration for the past four decades, developing a vast repertoire of small-scale drawings, etchings, and prints. Despite his isolation, his meticulous, delicate, figurative drawing practice anticipated the work of a generation of Colombian artists.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


José Antonio Suárez Londoño. Almanach, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, DE


A new Larousse, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Planas, Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

As if in a foreign country, Galerie nachst St. Stephan, Rosemarie Schwarzwalder, Vienna, Austria


Muestrario, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Muestrario, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain


El Camino más largo comienza con una simple línea, Galería Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


MD07, Casa del encuentro, Medellín, Colombia


26 Litografías sobre Piedra, Galería Sextante, Bogotá, Colombia


Visions de Créche, Galerie Brot und Käse, Ginebra, Switzerland


Retratos, Galería de la Oficina, Medellín, Colombia


Salón Regional de Artes Visuales, BPP, Medellín, Colombia


Salón de Arte Joven, Museo de Zea, Medellín, Colombia

Selected Group Exhibitions


NB: Nota Bene, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France


A meeting point: Claire Kerr / Mikko Rikala /José Antonio Suárez Londoñoespacio artkunstarte, Madrid, Spain


José Antonio Suárez Londoño y Santiago de Paoli, Lulu, Mexico City

Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, Mexico


32 São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brasil

Lotería, espacio artkunstarte, Madrid, Spain


FIAC, Casas Riegner, Paris, France

Frieze Art Fair, Casas Riegner, London, UK

ARCOmadrid, Casas Riegner, Madrid, Spain

Todo sobre la mesa, Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

“Why Abstract Art?” (¿Por qué el arte abstracto?), Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

Muestrario, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia


Art|Basel|Miami Beach, Casas Riegner, Miami Beach, USA

Superficies de colección, Galería de la Oficina, Medellín, Colombia

Tiempo Complementario, Galería de la Oficina, Medellín, Colombia

SP-Arte, Casas Riegner, São Paulo, Brazil


Art|Basel|Miami Beach, Casas Riegner, Miami Beach, USA

Saber Desconocer, 43 Salón (Inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia

Dibujos, Bernal Espacio, Madrid, España.

Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, 55th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Música, Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia


Tracing Time, Josée Bienvenue Gallery, New York, USA

Empatía, Beatriz González, Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

ARS Bienale, Galería de la oficina, Medellín, Colombia

The Yearbooks, Drawing Center, New York, USA


Dibujar es escribir  Escribir es dibujar, Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia


Art  Feature | 41|,  Basel, Switzerland

The modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times, MoMA, New York, USA

Festival Internacional de Música de Cartagena, MAM Cartagena, Colombia


El grito y la escucha, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil


41 Salón Nacional  de Artistas, Cali, Colombia


Dibujos, Alonso Garcés Galería, Bogotá, Colombia

Ejercicios con Colección Pizano, Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia

Pattern vs Decoration, Hospelt Gallery, San Francisco, New York, USA


Trienal de Grabado, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Dibujos y Grabados, Museo de las Américas, Washington, USA


F(r)icciones, visiones del sur, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain


Nulla Dies Sine Linea, Sala Suramericana, Medellín, Colombia


24 São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil


Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries, The National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia


Dibujos y Grabados, Galería DER BRÜCKE, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

Dibujos, Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia


XXXIII Salón Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia


Ex-Libris, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

Bienal de Grabado, San Juan de Puerto Rico


Nuevos Nombres, Casa de Moneda, Bogotá, Colombia

XXX Salón Nacional, Museo Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia



Selected artist to design the new batch of coins by the Banco de la Républica, Bogotá, Colombia (2012)


Artist in Residency, Tamarind Institute, Alburquerque, NM, USA (2005)


Best Student of the Year, Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel, Ginebra, Switzerland (1982)

Premio vida y obra, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia

Mention, II Salón Regional de Artes Visuales, Colombia

Declarado Fuera de Concurso, V Salón Arturo Rabinovich, Medellín, Colombia

First Prize, Salón Regional MAMM-BPP, Colombia

Mention, Ex-Libris Exhibition

Mention, XXXIII Salón Nacional de Artistas, Colombia

Public collections

Banco de la República, Colombia

Colección MOCA, Los Ángeles, USA.

Blackburn Print Workshop, New York, USA

Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

Ruth and Marvin Sackner, Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, USA

Tamarind Institute, Alburquerque, USA

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, USA