10 July – 26 July, 2013
Consulate General of Colombia, London
‘My interest is in creating, within my given space, a visual world of colour … abandoning traditional modes of representation and contrasting abstract forms with the cutting, the pasting and the stitching of real-life forms. For me, art is the most intimate expression of the totality that I have lived.’
The Embassy and the Consulate General of Colombia are delighted to host a retrospective exhibition of work by the renowned Colombian artist, OFELIA RODRIGUEZ. This retrospective is curated and inspired by Sandra Higgins, a long-time friend and dealer for artist.
The exhibition brings together a selection of paintings, prints, etchings and sculpture – the artist’s signature ‘magic boxes’ – which span across her career, and map the development of the key features of her work. Rodriguez has created a visual language all her own, with idiosyncratic motifs that are immediately recognisable: alligators, pelicans, horns, dolls, and elements of her own body such as her hands, eyes, and tongue. A fusion of magical realism, Latin Pop and kitsch art: Rodriguez incorporates snippets from Latin American folklore with surreal assemblages of found and ready-made objects, all brought together with the vivid use of tropical Caribbean colours.
A Barranquilla native, Ofelia Rodriguez received her BA from the University of the Andes in Bogota before completing a Master’s degree at Yale University in the United States. Her artistic career then took off in Paris, with shows at the Grand Palais and the Centre Culturel Jacques Prévert. During this early period, and shortly after her move to London, Rodriguez was also exhibited at Sandra Higgins’ Mayfair gallery and – more recently – launched Higgins’ new series of salon shows at her Chelsea-based Gallery Petit.
Rodriguez received an award at the 31st Salón Nacional de Artistas – Colombia’s most prestigious art prize – and has also taken part in the 20th Sao Paolo Biennale, the 5th Havana Biennale and the 2nd Biennale of Santo Domingo. In addition, the artist has been featured in several important publications which include 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die (edited by Stephen Farthing and J V Ivans), Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America (edited by Gerardo Mosquera) as well as Latin American Art of the 20th Century, and Art Today (both edited by Edward Lucie-Smith).
Throughout her career her work has travelled to exhibitions in cities such as Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Monaco, Maastricht, Besançon, Manchester, Miami and Monterrey – as well as recent exhibitions within Colombia in Bogotà,Santa Marta and Cartagena de Indias. Gazing At The World While Hanging From The Sky: A Retrospective follows this series of recent exhibitions organised in tribute to the artist, and marks the zenith of a long and glorious career. This show is an invitation to delve into her imaginary and fantastic Caribbean world, where myths, legends and popular traditions intertwine with daily life. The result is art that is at times a poetic, albeit critical look at the world, combined with an undercurrent of dark humour and irony lurking between the lines.
Location: Consulate General of Colombia, Westcott House, Portland Place, London W1B 1AE
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 1:30pm, or by appointment
For more information about the exhibition, please contact Sandra Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org