Broad 8, CalArts, Valencia,CA 2017

Broad 8, CalArts, Valencia,CA 2017

I am an MFA in the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia (California), and in 2007 I earned a BFA in Visual Arts from the Universidad Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia. I am a recipient of the grant Jóvenes Talentos from Colombia's Banco de la República and an International Studies grant from the Colfuturo Foundation. I have been awarded a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, for the Fall of 2017.

In the ten years in which I have worked as an artist I have explored different representational strategies - those of advertising and graphic design, of the early Russian avant-gardes and of Godard's early films - and researched the possibilities of media like industrial paint and school supplies. My projects have always been a way for me to learn about something, like the iconography of extinction and the blurring of the boundaries between the human, the animal and consumer goods in food advertisement. I have often tried to respond to specific circumstances by destabilizing my own position as an artist: thus, in 2012, during a three month residency in Mexico City I developed the exhibition project "A call that failed" as part of my research, during which I apprenticed in traditional sign-painting workshops and sought to establish a dialogue between their everyday production and the aspirations of Mexican Muralism. In 2012, during another residency I made the Project- Solo exhibition “Sentimental Journey” in Nürnberg, Germany, where I explored the possibility of producing, as a tourist and on location, my own hand-embroidered souvenir banner. Through these and other projects I have compiled a set of questions concerning technique, learning, models for the representation of reality and the expansive possibilities of painting. Lately, after a long series of exercises that focused on the varieties of representation (although by way of other topics and without thematizing the problem as such) my interest has come to focus on the imperfect edge of these representations, on the point at which they fail to explain something, cease to work as instruments and become simple shapes, empty diagrams, divested of rhetoric, but referring still to that world which they can no longer render legible. 

In 2012 I obtained the prize Nuevas Propuestas awarded by Alliance Francaise. In 2013 I was invited to participate in the Biennial 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de artistas at the Museo de Antioquia, Medellin.  In 2014 I produced The Fabrication of Facts, a solo exhibition resulting from a visit to The National Natural Museum in Paris in 2013.

Between 2005 and 2009 I was a member of El Bodegón, an independent artist-run space that produced more than a hundred exhibitions of Colombian and international artists along with other events. From 2010 to 2012 I was part of the curatorial committee of La Parte Maldita, a project of temporary possession of spaces for art in Bogota. I have been the bass player for the bands Las Ruinas Telepáticas, Montón Volador (since 2012) and Aurora Rampante (since 2015).