Posts Tagged ‘columbia’

Artist of the moment………..Jessica Sabogal


Jessica Sabogal is a street artist renown for her plight for trying to help women of different cultures from around the globe. Jessica Sabogal was based out of San Francisco, California. Sabogal is a first generation American, her parents both came from Colombia.

Sabogal tries to portray the beauty, grace, and power that exist in women.

The artist was commissioned to paint some murals at the Facebook’s California headquarters in Menlo Park.

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A link to the website of Jessica Sabogal:

Below a great interview with Sabogal:

The artist documented the people’s desire for change in Egypt with a peace celebrating the activity in Tahrir Square.

In this clip we check out Sabogal as she creates a very large mural:

What I find most interesting about Sabogal is that when she began painting the female figure and became obsessed with it, she switched from painting glamorous movie star women to heavier and fuller women and loved the results. The artist has a keen way of expressing herself via her art. No matter what the subject looks like, her works are always powerful.

The artist also has a great outlook on life. One of her goals is to help take care of every important woman in her life.


Artist of the moment…….Federico Uribe


Federico Uribe is a contemporary sculptor from Columbia. Federico Uribe was born in Bogota, Columbia in the year 1962. Uribe attended the University of Los Andes.

Until 1996 Uribe considered himself a painter, after this time period he switched to being more of a collage artist. Some items he has used include coins, pencils, and even electrical wires.

In this clip a brief interview with Federico Uribe as he talks about his exhibit for Art Basel Miami 2013:

Below Uribe talks about his exhibit at the Hudson River Museum:

Uribe finds inspiration for his creations from old masters including Leonardo and Velazquez.

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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….Fernando Botero..

Fernando Botero was born in Medellin, Columbia in the year 1932. His style even has its own name “Boterismo.” He mainly paints the female figure but sometimes paints couples engaged in activities together. He gained a following after winning the Best in Show at the Columbian Salon. The Salon was held from 1940 to 2002, and brought prominence and acclaim to many past winners.

The artist is known for his paintings of the female figure. He emphasizes and tends to exaggerate the roundness and softness of the female figure.

Below is a clip showing some signature works of the artist.

The artist spends most of the year working in Paris, but makes sure to spend at least one month of the year in Medellin.

He was born number two out of three children. His father was a salesman and passed away when he was only four. His mom worked as a seamstress and an uncle helped out raising Fernando. He was not close to museums, but lived  a great life in the big city and was exposed to Baroque style art by going to churches and cathederals.

The artist went to a Jesuit school and then studied how to become a matador. He was able to earn some money and first became published at the age of sixteen. He drew some illustrations that were published by a local newspaper.

First group exhibition was in 1948.

Like many artists he also spent little more than one year working on theater set and stage design.

Botero has enjoyed many parts of Europe. For periods of time living in Barcelona, Madrid, and Florence.  In 1953 he moved to Paris and became fascinated by the Louvre Museum.

Having so much experience the artist has worked with graphite, watercolors, oils , in bronze, marble and charcoal.  The price range for watercolors are from $50,000 to $300,000.  Graphite works range from $5,000 to $70,000. Bronzes range from $80,000 and up. One bronze titled “Dancers” sold for $1.76 million in 2011.

In his way of seeing he exaggerates the roundness of his characters. On occasion he even calls them fat. Sometimes the  public hasn’t understood why he paints it this manner and I think its best summed up by his own words. ” An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to justify it.”

I found his words to be true and an example of why I think impressionism is just fantastic. The artist can not only connect with the viewer by painting an object that looks like an object, but the artist can also put his own feelings into the work as well.  Much like the beach scenes painted by the previous artist Potthust, he loved to paint the beach and people enjoying themselves. Just looking at his works makes me think of summer and fun at the beach. Its obvious Botero is quite fond of the larger female figure.

If I were to compare his work to another artist it would be R.C. Gorman. He painted large female figures of color that had a very carefree and playful aura about them. Below is a work by R.C. Gorman.

In 2005 he gained attention for a series done with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in the middle east. He painted many of the horrible events that took place. He didn’t profit from the works and donated them to museums.

He has been married twice. His second and current wife is a famous Greek sculptor named Sophia Vari. The couple spend  a majority of their time in Paris, Tuscany, and Columbia.

Below is a brief interview with the artist that took place in Swizterland in 2008.


Artists of the moment…..Minimalist Master Donald Judd…..

The artist was one of the first and foremost practictioners of the Minimalist movement. If you enjoy this artist’s work I find it ( the wall pieces) very similar to the artist Freddy Chandra, the artist of the picture below that is made with acrylic paint on acrylic glass.


Here is a live interview with the artist.

In this clip check out some very large public sculptures done by the artist. The way some rectangles are grouped, it gives the work a feel similar to that of Stonehenge.

The artist was born in Excelsior, Missouri in 1928. He was very important to the minimalist movment and produced a fair amount of furniture in addition to his paintings and sculptures.

He enjoyed breaking things down to individual geometric shapes and when he used color, used a very limited palette. One of the artist’s most popular works was a series he made called dealing with stacks. Judd used metal as well as plexigas for the shapes. To make the works interesting for the viewer, the amount in between the shapes is the same size as the shapes, the positive and negative spaces are equivalent in size. Though he is considered the avant garde of the Minimalist movement, he disliked the term.

Judd also served in the military shortly after the end of second World War. After finishing his army duties he enrolled at William and Mary College studying philosophy. Judd finished his degree at Columbia University. He also took classes at the Art Students League of New York for a total of five years.

He first made a mark on the national art scene by writing critics for the national art magazines. In 1957, he worked as a painter working in an expressionist style. He then progressed to work with woodcuts. He first worked with figures and eventually moved to a very abstract style.

After developing his style of simple shapes and straight lines, the artist improved on his method by using very simplistic materials such as  plywood, concrete, and plexiglass. This material worked great for works on the wall that he referred to as free standing sculptures.

In 1968 Mr. Judd bought a house and studio that included five stories and was made from steel. He used it as a gallery space to display his work, and more importantly to increase the size and vastness of his artwork. This reminded me of when Andy Warhol moved to the Factory, he had so much more space he could conceive of far larger projects and ideas than he ever did before.

The 1970s saw his work increase to the “Stonehenge” size works in which the viewer can walk inside the artwork.

He also designed furniture making his first works in 1973. The first pieces were made of wood and as the artist perfected the technique, they were made from thin metal.

The artist started a museum called the Chinati Foundation. It is located in Marfa, Texas in the very western part of the state. It was once Judd’s house and studio and has a collection of several outdoor works of art made by Judd and other founders of the minimalist movement.

Here is a view of the Chinati Foundation located in Marfa, Texas.

High price range: One of the free standing wall sculptures went for $9.8 million dollars.

Low price range: Works done in marker, woodcuts, and lithographs can be found between $1,500 to $10,000.

The artist won a Guggenheim Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Donald Judd passed away in 1994 at the age of 65 years old.

Try some minimalist work, just to try something different!