Posts Tagged ‘colombian’

Artist of the moment…..Street legend Cha a.k.a. Chanoir

In this clip we see the artist all dressed up and ready to create!

Cha or Chanoir was born in Bogota, Columbia  the year is not given. Chanoir built his reputation for his markings of cats around Paris. The artist grew up in Paris, France. The name of his drawn character is also the name of the artist, Cha.

Eventually he even started to paint his cats in other large European cities such as Barcelona, Spain.

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The artist is a commercial success as some of his trademark cats have appeared on tablet and I phone covers.

And in this last clip we visit a show from earlier this year:



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.