BIO

Carlos Ramirez Vallejo

Personal Profile

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ARTIST STATEMENT
My constant search of techniques and concepts has shaped my present work; acquiring sense from an eternal reflection of reality and its social environment. The ideas manifested in my work are more defined every day where the technique, the composition, the texture, the impasto, and the controlled accidents are important participants.
I immerse myself in the painting and instead of reproducing the colors as they are, or should be, I prefer to generate arbitrary actions that lead me to new spaces; there, I can express myself with greater force to the point of generating in me a passion that translates into a total unity that is only finished when it becomes my favorite. All my experiences contribute to the enrichment of my work and its use is determined by real or imaginary selections that are realized throughout the creative process. This gives coherence to the painting as speech with a dialogue that can be deeply rational, or on the contrary, it only invites to see with feelings. Meaning that when I work on a painting or on a sculpture drives me towards a concrete form and this is what I like about my work creating as I am being conducted by my inner force. There are eternal dialogues, mental conferences of ideas, symposiums, debates that occur during this process. I like to go from the real to the abstract, from the conceptual and the rational to the gestural and spiritual

By means of techniques, always mixed, I look to be able to work large formats for public spaces, and medium format for interior spaces. My work begins with a concept or an idea translated in a subject like the atrocities of war, the duplicitous morality, the lack of identity, the abuse of authority, child abuse, the beauty of the woman etc. I tense a sculpture into different levels until the vision glides over it or I place impasto, textures, colors to a painting which translate into sensations that somehow communicate and invite to watch, to avoid that it goes further inadvertently.

The subjects are born from my everyday life, from my vision of the daily occurrences, or from a historical revision that I am doing on a topic. The subject or reason begins to live with me, to sleep with me, to be associated with what I see; it is repetitive. As a result I investigate it, I read about it, learning every day more details. This happens for a while until for some reason I see how to place it on something like a sculpture, a painting, a sketch and with that I determine what materials will allow me to communicate and better materialize the idea.

I am always studying what happens around me, experimenting with new ideas, to continue creating a heap of techniques to which I will draw from when a work piece requests it. Generally my work walks with me making dynamics alive, something that pleases me enormously. I am not a painter or sculptor of a single technique, a single style, or a single idea. My vision is somewhat postmodern, philosophically speaking; it allows the transformation of the need to express an idea and materialized it in a work of art. To be ready I have handle and master many techniques. I let all the techniques work with my thoughts, thus allowing new ideas to flow.

It has been a path of more than 20 years where every day I have something new to say and hope to continue doing it. I am always trying to say something, some understand me others misinterpret me. I like to celebrate others as much as I celebrate myself.

 

Exhibitions

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1984 Contrastes y Algo Mas. Universidad de San Buenaventura. Medellin,Colombia. 1986 Carteles Soubrettes. International Institute Boston. Boston, Mass. USA.

1997 Esencia y Presencia. Centro Interamericano de Seguridad Social Mexico D.F, Mexico. 1998 Masa y Forma, del Vacio. National Bank Tower (Escultura). Miami, Fl. USA.

1998 Elementos Para Ordenar. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art. Coral Gables, Fl. 1999 One Man Show, Escultura. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art. Coral Gables, Fl. 2001 El Desnudo. Cyber Café. Miami Beach, Fl, U.S.A.

2003 Retrospectiva. Arte Mira Galeria. Coral Gables, Fl. U.S.A

2004 De Todo un Poco. Art Tempo Gallery. North Miami Beach. Fl. U.S.A.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1998 Decorators Clearing house Gallery. Boston Mass, U.S.A. 1995 Arte Autopista Galeria. Medellin, Colombia.

1996 La Forma Petrea, Vacios, Volumenes y Demas Cuestiones. Casa Del Lago, Mexico D.F.

1996 Stone Sculptures. Academia De San Carlos, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas. Mexico D.F. 1996 Sculptures. Politecnico Nacional. Mexico D.F. Mexico.

1997 Casa Del Periodista. Mexico D.F. Mexico.

1997 Final de Siglo Final de Milenio. Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.Mexico D.F. 1998 Expresiones Latinas. Euroamerica Gallery. New York, N.Y. U.S.A.

1998 Contemporary Latin American Art. Broward Community College. Pembroke Pine, Fl. U.S.A. 1998 Mensajes Latinos. El Bohemio News, San Francisco CA, U.S.A.

1998 Herencia Hispana en America 98. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin America Art. Miami Fl 1998 Punto de Partida. The Florida Museum of Hipanic and Latin America Art.Coral Gables, Fl.

1999 Tiempo del Arte. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin America Art.Coral Gables, Fl. U.S.A. 2000 Encuentro Caribe. Ara Gallery Cultural Center. Coral Gables, Fl. U.S.A.

2001 Avanty Gallery. Aventura, FL. U.S.A.

2002 Solange Rabello Gallery. Coconut Grove, Fl. U.S.A.

2003 Art Miami Fair. Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fl. U.S.A. 2003 Diaspora Gallery. Design district, Miami, Fl. U.S.A.

2004 Opera Gallery. Bal Harbor North Miami Beach, FL U.S.A. 2005 Sol Gallery. Miami Beach, Fl. U.S.A.

2006 The Bakehouse Art Complex | BEST OF THE BEST Juror: Terence Riley, Director of the Miami Art Museum

2007 The Bakehouse Art Complex | INFINITELY CONNECTED Juror: Claire Breukel, Director Locust Project. 2010 RUTA 2010 The Bakehouse Art Complex | Juror: Nina Torres, Director of Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery 2011 CARNAVAL Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery. Miami Fl. USA

2012 INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION. Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery. Miami Fl. USA

 

AUCTIONS AND PERMANENT EXHIBITION

2003 Miss Universo Panama. Colectiva, Convencion Center, Panama City. 2003 Play House. Subasta, Coral Gables, Fl U.S.A.

2003 Museum Of California, Mocaa Subasta, California, U.S.A.

2004 Fairlawn Elementary School. Obra Permanente, Miami Fl. U.S.A. 2004 Antique Hallandale. Subasta, Hallandale, Fl. U.S.A.

2004 Marie, Epoca. Biscaine Bulevar, Miami Fl. U.S.A.

2004 Biblioteca Emira del Mar. Obra permanente, Barranquilla, Colombia. 2005 Museum of California, Mocca. Subasta, California, U.S.A.

 

PUBLICATIONS

1989 Restructurando Realidades. Manhattan Art, Artist in the 1990s. New York, N.Y. U.S.A. 1998, Miami Fl. U.S.A. Art Dictionary vol I.

1998, Batik Art Magazine. Batik Extra New York 98

1999 Special Edition for Art Miami,99. The International Artist Catalogue.

1999 Special Edition for Art Fair Bologna,99. The International Artist Catalogue

 

WORKS

1991 Universidad Autonoma Latino Americana. Medellin, Colombia. Speaker: Estado y Politica Social. 1993-1994, Medellin, Colombia. Manager of the Division de Patrimonio del Departamento de Antioquia. 1993-1994, Medellin Colombia. Executive Director of the Filial de Monumentos de Antioquia.

1993-1994,Medellin, Colombia. President of the Board of Archivos del Departamento de Antioquia.

1994-1994, Medellin Colombia. Comitte Coordinator of Archivos de Antioquia para el Archivo General de la Nacion.

1994, Universidad Eafit, Medellin Colombia. Hacia Un Nuevo Proyecto Cultural Universitario. 2001, Ara Gallery Director. Coral Gables, Fl. U.S.A.

2003-2004, Artemira Gallery Director. Coral Gables, Fl. U.S.A. Encuentro Entre Mar y Rio, Speaker.

Collection

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