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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Maestro "Noble" creating the "Cosmic Vision" 2009 series.Colombian artist Miguel de la Espriella is presenting his latest artworks in the beautiful Caribbean island of “la Hispaniola” in the capital city of the Dominican Republic. These artworks form part of his Cosmic Vision series, a series that began to form around 2004 and which has matured in the last few years to represent his latest expressions in art.

The vernissage is at 8pm on the 11th March in the art gallery Shanell in the Malecon Center on George Washington Avenue. Shanell gallery is one of th top galleries in the Dominican Republic and regularly hosts exhibitions for national and international artists.

To celebrate the presentation of this new set of artworks, fellow Colombian artist and art critic Harold Schmidt took the time to write the following words:

Presenting the New Painting “Cosmic Quantum” of Miguel de la Espriella – “Noble”

Cosmic quantum painting is the continuation of the sequence of dependent images, from the initial to the infinite, because of the shape, color and  vibration of the figures, doing so with the wave of the basic principle of the temperature of beings conceived in the universe. Thus, breaking all the physical patterns of the proportion of the color as if coming from a classical world of another dimension, to experience and challenge an underground river of silenced voices that break down the barriers of logic.

The magnificent brush guided by the skilled hand of the master Miguel de la Espriella “Noble” makes us see parts of other magnitudes that interlock the functioning of the universe, in a powerful alchemy, cosmic, magic, where the application of these concepts of atomic-molecular physics overflows in quantum that form light that are called photons  in their quantum vision effect that includes the panorama of a modern vision of the structure of matter, converting this colorful flaming fire into life like the dissolution that occurs in freeing atoms from their molecular prison from where they emerge to retake their interrupted path in the constitution of matter.

Artworks being exhibited

Here are a couple of photos that I could obtain of the new series of artworks being exhibited…this may even be a scoop! 🙂

"Sol Radiante" “Radiant Sun”

70cm x 100cm



Rayos de Luna “Moonbeams”

70cm x 100cm



Galería de Arte Shanell
Malecon Center, 2do. Nivel, Local 201-B
Av. Geoge Washington No..500 Santo Domingo
Lunes a sábado de 9:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. y
de 3:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.
Tel. (809) 685 5817  y (809) 472-4761


Presentación de la nueva pintura Cuántica Cósmica

del Maestro Miguel de la Espriella – “Noble”

por Harold Schmidt

La pintura cuántica cósmica es la sucesión de secuencia de imágenes dependientes de la primera a la infinita, por su forma, color y vibración de las figuras, que la hacen con la onda del principio básico de la temperatura de los seres concebidos en el universo. Asi, rompiendo todos los esquemas físicos de la proporción del color como viniendo de un mundo clásico de otra dimensión, para vivencia y reto cual caudal subterráneo de voces acalladas que rompen las barrera de la lógica.

El magnífico pincel guiado por la diestra del maestro Miguel de la Espriella “Noble” nos hace ver parte de otras magnitudes que entrelazan el funcionamiento del universo, en una alquimia portentosa, cósmica, mágica donde la aplicación de estos conceptos de la física atómica molecular se desborda en cuantos que forman la luz y se le llama fotones en el efecto de la visión cuántica que incluye el panorama de una visión moderna de la estructura de la materia. Convirtiendo este fuego refulgente colorido en vida como la disolución que consiste en librar a los átomos de su prisión molecular de donde emergen para reemprender la ruta interrumpida en la constitución de la materia.



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The idea of “conquest” summarizes what is going to be exhibited within the gallery. Two artists, one Colombian and one French, will explore the cultural icons in order to better understand their own culture.

Two similar processes where these values are compared, demarcate territories, demonstrations of power, protect the identity ….
Cultural identity with their symbols and their iconography their materials is at the heart of the discussions and Ceci Arango and Etienne Demange propose it as a medium of contrast to determine their own rootlessness, of which each in its own way has been a victim.

As part of a commentary by Carlos Fuentes: “For a Latin American it is significant that he is not European, nor African, nor Indian, but someone who has to discover himself and create his own face.”

Meanwhile the French Alsace has also been multicultural area where the surnames had to be changed depending on the authority of the day. This is where the two artists began their dialogue, invoking symbols that can serve as landmarks in the nomadic and relocation of the contemporary world.

Ubiquitous information and virtualization that dissipates distances, produces another collective sensitivity, built on cultural plurality and richness of diversity. The fading of the meta-narratives, domination and dependence, central and periphery, are beginning to lose prominence to give way to  the appropriation, the re-assigning, new modes of production where the images, symbols, meanings of the world are used at discretion  to constitute the common heritage.

Proposals referring to a strategic game of domination, but framed within colonial thought, the generation defined by Walter Mignolo as “a universal dialogue,” a world where many worlds fit, and where, as Anibal Quijano says, “the epistemological decolonization is necessary, then giving way to a new inter-cultural communication in an exchange of experiences and meanings, as the basis of rationality that might otherwise legitimately claim to as a kind of universality.”
Etienne Demange performs in the play “Room 1”, a decorated shrine of the first mission built in Cali on the route of the conquerors, invading and capturing materials, as symbols of the Spanish colony to build their own statement of power. Overlap of their own identity on white baskets made from wérregue by the Chocoan Wawnana Indians presenting shapes with bright lines of their own symbols of identity, on ceramic  funeral urns with pre-Hispanic techniques and modified cotton shirts and graphics illustrating the tensions between power and identity.

Ceci Arango, in her proyect “Deco” afro-looking pictures made with human hair taken from hairdressers in Bogota and makes batons looking as if they come from an ancient culture, with feminine silhouettes and  hairstyles of  contemporary people. The work “43 Million”, consisting of 43 chairs in Colombian woods of different color and textures, represents the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country.

Inauguration: Thursday March 5
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Cll.77 No. 12-03

Tel: 6009795

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danilo_duenasDanilo Dueñas is an artist from Cali and he will soon be exhibiting his work in the esteemed Casas Riegner Gallery in Bogota. His latest presentation uses “objet trouvés” or objects that he has found and combined to create a piece of art according to his aesthetic criteria which he bases on rationality and experimentation – but not chance.

According to Dueñas, even the dust on his objects is art and he has asked the gallery director, Catalina Casas, to guard the dust along with the objects that eventually have to be placed in storage. Strange indeed!

Again, this type of “art” begs the question as to whether behind its presentation there is sufficient seriousness and rationality as the artist claims.

Having fixed an old table to a wall with its top placed against the flat surface and its legs sticking out perpendicularly it might be claimed that where a mere mortal such as ourselves might only see an old piece of furniture, Dueñas percieves lines, light that cuts across the object and shadows that create figures.
Dueñas has had an eclectic way of life because it went from studying law to the theater and from there to paint. His studies were not in a classroom but tirelessly visiting s museum, believing that a good artist should profoundly know the history of art. Ha has also enjoyed the freedom of creative license,  and the ability to be decisive and aggressive through being a self-taught artist.

Today he teaches in several universities, which allows reciprocity and interesting insight into how his students understand things. Today his work is in constant motion, in flux, as a manifesto against boredom and a celebration of life.


Casas Riegner

Calle 70A #7-41


Tel: 249-9194

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Space has no barriers or boundaries, objects and events that occur there are three dimensional in nature and have a relative position and direction. In his most recent work, Pablo Tamayo questions the boundaries, perception and reading of space. The artist presents his work in formal terms using a language inherent to the study of geometry.

Tamayo explores the interpretations and studies by scientists such as Kant, Poincare, Gauss and Einstein, who challenged accepted theories that defined space, and scientists have transcended the boundaries to touch directly and indirectly other seemingly opposing themes as psychology and religion among others.

With his new work, and using tools, processes and a purely artistic sensibility, Tamayo raises his own questions of space and geometry, and invites the public to participate. The work presents the viewer the opportunity to complete and give meaning to work through how they perceive their environment.

The recent work of Pablo Tamayo is a collaborative effort between the artist and the imagination of the viewer. Thus one of the main functions of an artist: to invite the viewer to question, reflect and participate in the work is answered at this exhibition.

Inauguration: March 5, 2009, 7 PM.
Exhibition: 5-26 March 2009

Arte Consultores
Cra 16 No. 86A-31
Bogotá, Colombia
Tel / Fax: (+57-1) 530-0339 / 616-3863

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 6 PM
Sunday: closed
Monday: by appointment

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I had hoped to have written before now on this exhibition of these two artists that is being held at one of Colombia´s best galleries: La Cometa. Fortunately the exhibition will continue till 9th December 2008! So if you are in Bogota I would recommend you take a an hour or so to get along to see it.

These artists have been married now for over 50 and have very different styles of work and this is the first time in 25 years that they have exhibited together in Colombia.

Jim´s exhibition is called “Meridianos” and his sculpture in bronze deals with concepts relating to sexuality and erotisicm. Meanwhile Olga´s exhibition called “Strata” presents work based on precolumbian fabrics and designs.

The works presented are part of their personal collections from various decades. As the artists say, it is “almost as if they were letting people into their home”.

Jim Amaral: Sculptor
Jim Amaral was born in the USA in California and came to Colombia over four decades ago, making Bogota his home. His works have been strongly acclaimed and indeed adorn the plazas and entrances to several of Bogota´s most important skyscrapers.

Further information on Jim Amaral can be found here.


Olga de Amaral: Textiles Artist

Surely one of the main reasons that keeps Jim in Colombia is his Colombian wife, Olga! A very well respected artist in her own right she is renowned for her pioneering work in taking pre-colombian textile designs and reforming them within her artworks. Her most recent works have included integrating textile pieces with gold leaf.


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One of Colombia´s top artists hasn´t been seen around here for a while!

What has happened to him? Where has he gone?

Well, you will be pleased to know that nothing bad has happened to Carlos Jacanamijoy, it is simply that he moved to New York to work exclusively with the Leon Tovar Gallery. His work is still popular in Colombia, but obviously as his prices have risen then so he has had to find new markets and the Leon Tovar Gallery has taken the artist under its wing.

Carlos Jacanamijoy - Colombian Artist in New York

Carlos Jacanamijoy: The Man – The Myth

Carlos Jacanamijoy, or “Jaca” as he is commonly known, is an indigenous Inga indian from the Putomayo region of Colombia. Son of a shaman father and tribal chief, Jaca knew from an early age that his life would not be fully traditional.

Not content to stay in his village and knowing since he was 13 that he wanted to study art, Jaca as a young man left his village to explore the wider world that was Colombia. By his early twenties he had already experienced the local capital cities of Cali and the national capital of Bogota. It was there in Bogota that he was attracted to one of the more important art schools in Colombia – the Universidad Nacional or National University.

Within a few short years of graduating his work was quickly picked up for its indigenous character and uniqueness and soon the artist was catapulted to fame within his native land. In just a few short years quite a number of books were produced showing his latest works. But as we well know today, where there is boom there is bust and as his work became more pricier there were automatically fewer buyers in Colombia.

That is why Carlos finds himself treading the streets of Manhattan: looking to present his artwork to a different and perhaps more artistically advanced society: New York. And surely he will succeed as nothing succeeds like success.

1997 (Sold)

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Wow !! Looks like a big number doesn´t it?!

Unfortunately it is in Colombian pesos . . .however, it is still a tidy sum of around USD $450.000.

Which for Colombia means it was one of the biggest sales ever.

The auction was arranged by Maria Victoria Estrada and Ana Sokoloff and was held to raise funds for Colombian charities such as Conexión Colombia, Colombia Diversa, Fundación Genesis y Fundacion Juan Felipe Escobar.

Ana Sokoloff, who has worked with Christies in New York, and with many galleries in Bogota selected the artists for this auction with an eye on maintaining high quality latin american artworks in the auction. The auction was held in the top Colombian gallery “La Cometa” which is run by Esteban Jaramillo and has held exhibitions in the past of artist such as Luis Luna, Jason Galarraga and Le Parc.

Through this successful auction more than 600,000 Colombians should benefit in someway through the application of the money within the charities that are to benefit from some of the proceeds.

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