As a Colombian visual artist and designer, my work focuses on finding artistic pathways to meld traditional cultural roots with a global worldwide vision. Currently, I’m experimenting with combining representative classical (analogical) and digital techniques.
After struggles to find myself in engineering, I finally decided to follow the footsteps of my dad, pursuing my love for photography. My primary theme is the city: its landscape, its struggles, its stigmas, its inhabitants, its outsiders. The city as a extension or microcosm of humanity, and its intranets of inter-relationships are an extension and mirror of humans in relation to their urban environments and city. I live and work in a destination city for thousands running from forty years of warfare. Bogotá also a city of living, learning, dreaming, and suffering. A city destroyed and rebuilt, full of people rebuilding their own dreams and lives.
As a bipolar person, my work in graphic design, but especially as a photographer, is a catharsis. And many of my works are deeply affected by my changing and contrasting mood states. In my work I try to reflect my concerns about my role as a man and as an artist in an exploration of tradition and preconceptions and postmodern perceptions about myself, my sexuality, my place and my future. Between traditions, rituals, history and a little dose of nihilism and a hedonistic search I try to find equilibrium.
Rather than creating photographs, I build images using photography as a medium and technique as a part of the process of giving materiality to concepts and ideas. I see myself as a creator and artisan, a designer who plays with ideas, thoughts, cultural values and pressures; who tries to balance tensions, tones, shapes in the pursuit of visual pieces that may be photographic but in a profoundly more meaningful sense move beyond the act of capturing alone.
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