My artwork explores the relations between natural and built environments and how we interact with them. Thru the use of organic and geometric forms I re-create shapes that evoke memories and question the viewer’s idea of space.
After surviving a very destructive earthquake in Colombia, I worked as an architect in the reconstruction process. As an artist, my response was to bring the colors, the landscape and the geometry of the missing buildings, on a mural that served as a protective barrier between destruction and reconstruction, in one of the most affected areas (‘Moving Perspectives’, 1999). Since adopting New York as my home, I have continued to look into the way cities and buildings are built in relation to nature and people, inspiring paintings and installations that change with the viewer’s movement. This creates an interactive experience, where the perception of the object varies depending on the angle it is viewed, as well as the light and shadows, adding another dimension to the artwork and permitting a more intimate dialog with the public. In the same way, I have worked with communities to create work that inspire them, like ‘Lines of Travel’, a project selected for Conflux 2008 (art and technology urban festival), where I interviewed residents of a New York City neighborhood to inspire them to change their daily commutes. At the end all ‘Lines of Travel’ appeared in a digital drawing. My work is also the result of extensive investigations of the urban and social environments where it is installed. In ‘Past/Present/Future’, 2012 – Permanent public art commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Arts & Design for B25th Street train station in Queens; I abstracted natural and urban elements from the surrounding neighborhood in glass panels that reflect the history of the area, and by using different levels of transparency, allow future developments be part of the piece. ‘Color Mesh’ one of the winner artworks on the urbancanvas competition organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Buildings, brings vibrant colors in a dynamic mesh to often somber and unpleasant construction sites