THE VIBRANT WORK OF GLEO

by Ariadna Zierold

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GLeo is a street art from Cali in Colombia. She uses just simple paint brushes and rollers for her works and skilfully creates highly imaginative as well as vibrant work. Beautifully detailed, GLeo’s colorful scenes and fantastic creations catch and hold your attention, like hypnotic Chimera dancing in their urban landscapes.

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HERITAGE RECONECTION BY NATALIA ARBELAEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Natalia Arbelaez is a first generation Colombian American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship.

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“My work serves as a bridge to research my history and culture while aiming to preserve. I look to the history of Latin American and the Amerindian people; I work with how these identities are lost through conquest, migration, and time, gained through family, culture, exploration, and passed down through tradition and genetic memory. I use these influences to contribute to a contemporary dialogue while simultaneously continuing the work of my ancestors. There has been so much loss and stigma of these communities that it is important to me that my work celebrates and honors them.” Natalia Arbelaez

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ASTRO ANATOMICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JUAN OSORNO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Colombian illustrator Juan Osorno’s surreal astro-anatomical illustrations are not only an expression of the imagination but of the very experience of drawing. Faces that cave into landscapes and galaxies, anatomically precise studies of a hand that spill into a cascade of blood vein-like roots.

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Osorno’s work is imbued with the scientific precision of botanical drawings and an almost mathematical examination of perspective and space within the two-dimensional paper palette. The combination of beautiful natural elements like geometric shapes, constellations and the human body make very interesting images, showing a deeper, more emotional, layer than the images you find in anatomical books.

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ERASED FACES BY JESUS LEGUIZAMO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jesús Leguizamo is an artist from Bogotá, Colombia, who in his depictions of people erases and blurs that which defines the human being – the face. Through expressive brushstrokes, he creates compelling and memorable paintings which explore human fragility and how this can be expressed in the medium of paint.

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His haunting paintings come across as intimate peeks into someone’s emotional state of mind or a memory which has begun to fade, leaving incomplete snippets in your mind.

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CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE BY ROSSINA BOSSIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rossina Bossio is a multidisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

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Prioritizing both the conceptual and the aesthetical, Rossina Bossio brings together traditional and new media aiming to close the gap between the two through a representational approach. Searching for a connection between static and moving images, Bossio’s painted characters and spaces come to life through sound and movement on the screen. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted in subversive ideas of femininity and in Latin-American culture. Her portraits are complex, ambiguous, and reflect an endless quest around the paradoxes of the human condition.

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ODD FEELS BY HERIKITA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Colombian artist Herikita’s images and imagery are undoubtedly strange, but in a way that’s relatable. Many of the interior scenes are like a dialogue verbalized, describing her soft, illustrative work perfectly.

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Aside from being wonderfully strange, her illustrations are rendered with a tender and delicate attention to detail. Herikita conjures a world of candy-colored awkwardness. She often depicts girls and animals, celebrating imperfections, unconventional friendships and feelings of estrangement. Her characters seem self-reflective and thoughtful, floating between reality and hyperbolic daydreams.

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