Posts Tagged ‘Colombia’

Artist of the moment…….Stinkfish

Stinkfish is a wonderful street artist from Mexico who paints portraits with fantastic color and vibrancy. Stinkfish was born in Mexico and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. The artist works on anything that can be painted on! My personal favorite works of the artists are the works created on found magazine covers including Playboy and the  New York Times. 

The artist began to work with stencils in the early 2000s and in 2003 created a great work that put him on par with other great street artists. The work was of John F. Kennedy saluting his dead father. Stinkfish prefers to paint on older walls, even with cracks in them that are highly textured.

The artist paints  mainly on the continent of South America.

In this clip we view Stinkfish at work on a piece of art!

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What a great use of color and design in this remarkable street artist!


Artist of the moment…..Federico Uribe

Federico Uribe is a fantastic mixed media artist that challenges the viewer to think not only about the design of the subject, but also the medium. Federico Uribe was born in Bogata, Colombia in the year 1962. A great example of using not only the subject but the medium to explore an idea would be a series done by Uribe that featured a rainforest that was constructed entirely of puma shoes and shoe laces! What a statement! Most of the works in the gallery are examples of the medium most associated with the artist, colored pencils.

Some other mediums he has worked with have been dominos, for a dominatrix type of female torso. The man lying in the bed in the work titled SICK in the gallery is made out of shoelaces and push pins. Uribe has also produced wonderful still life and interior scenes using cables! What clever and unique mediums that reminded of the multi media master the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

For his collegiate studies Uribe attended the University of Los Andes located in Bogata. Uribe went on to earn a MFA from the State University of New York.

In this clip we listen to a great interview featuring Federico Uribe.

A show from 2011.

A link to the website of Federico Uribe:

Uribe now lives and works out of Miami, Florida.

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Nice to see the pencil being used as a medium in a way I had never even thought of! Cheers to Mr. Uribe!

Artist of the moment…..Omar Rayo

>Omar Rayo was a wonderful painter from Colombia that specialized in basic geometric shapes and explosive color in his work. Born in 1928 in Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colomia, Rayo was one of the first internationally renown Op-artists. Some other names in the movement would be the British artist Bridget Riley and the French/ Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely. For his pallete Rayo used mainly black, white, and red. In this manner he was similar to Piet Mondrian.

price range information: Omar Rayo worked with acrylics, oils, and plastic sculptures. The works range from $10,000 to $65,000.

For his collegiate studies Omar Rayo attended the Academia Zier de Buenes Aires located in Argentina.

With his own money the artist opened up a museum to showcase his works in his hometown in Colombia. The museum contains more than 2,000 works by Rayo and more than 500 by other well known artists hailing from Latin America. The museum is a great location and besides the original artwork has a library, theater, and workshop to study graphics design. Rayo founded the museum with a majority of his own monies with some assistance from the Colombian government. The building was designed by renown Mexican architect Leopoldo Gout.

When only 19 years old Rayo got his start in the commercial art world working as an newspaper and magazine illustrator.

Omar Rayo passed away in 2010 at the age of 82 years old.

A great selection of works by the artist.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan.

Spent much of his life living in Colombia, Mexico, and New York city.

Omar Rayo was among the first artist to work on specially shaped canvases. In this clip we see some of these works.