Sandra Higgins is pleased to announce forthcoming solo exhibitions by distinguished Colombian painters Carlos Jacanamijoy and Maria de la Paz Jaramillo
After two years of extensive research and travelling in Latin America, Sandra Higgins will present the first solo exhibitions in London of two key figures of the Colombian art scene as part of her Art Salon programme.
|Carlos Jacanamijoy, ‘Algarabía cerca’ (2012). Oil on canvas 82 x 92 cm||Maripaz Jaramillo. From the series ‘Ellas’ (2011). Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm|
From the 13th of May to the 6th of June 2014 acclaimed painter Carlos Jacanamijoy (Colombia, 1964) will show a group of five recent paintings of medium and large formats. Over the last 20 years, the "Maestro Jaca" (Master Jaca), as he is known in Colombia, has steadily built a strong reputation based on his abstract paintings, which depict landscapes inspired by the Colombian tropical rainforest where he grew up. The surreal and oneiric quality of Jacanamijoy’s work is largely informed by the rites and spiritual beliefs of the Inga community, the indigenous ethnic group he belongs to, connecting ancient traditions with contemporar y sensibilities. Jacanamijoy explores the questions of landscape and memory with vibrant colours and a shamanic view of nature, using native symbols to express a personal universe. His upcoming exhibition will offer an unique opportunity in London to get to know and enjoy his reputed body of work. Jacanamijoy has recently been the subject of a major retrospective at MamBo, Bogota’s Museum of Modern Art. Included in this show will be several works from that exhibition, in addition to new works never shown before.
From the 11th to the 27th of June 2014, coinciding with PINTA Art Fair, Higgins will present the work of the painter Maria de la Paz Jaramillo (Colombia, 1948). Since the 70s, Jaramillo has tirelessly explored the complexities of the female universe through exuberant paintings that combine Pop and expressionistic techniques. For her first solo exhibition in London, Jaramillo will show Ellas, a series of portraits of women who are empowered and unabashedly sexual, but do not reject their vulnerability. These paintings are captivating in their use of bold colours and soft lines, as erotic and suggestive as the figures they contain. Their mood is celebratory, depicting the joys of love and everyday life, but seen from a feminist perspective. As Jaramillo herself has explained: “I decided to do this series to honour contemporary women. Women who are more open to the world and enjoy more possibilities thanks to the everyday battles fought by other women that came before them.” Jaramillo’s paintings invite the viewer to look at them closely, so that the textures of bodies, clothes and backgrounds can be admired. Her work poses a fascinating dialogue between a range of male dominated avant-garde influences (from Fauvism to Pop) and feminist ideas. Jaramillo was commissioned to paint the portrait of the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and has recently completed a mural for the museum of the Medellin University in Colombia.