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Miguel de La Espriella (Colombian Artist: 1947 - )

Miguel de La Espriella (Colombian Artist: 1947 - )

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Information on the career of the Colombian artist Miguel de la Espriella through to December 2009.
Information on the career of the Colombian artist Miguel de la Espriella through to December 2009.

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Agent: John McMenemyCel: (+57) 310-239-9866 johnmcmenemy@gmail.com
 MIGUEL DE LA ESPRIELLA 
– 
 
“NOBLE”  
 
– 
 
T
here is in the painting of Miguel de la Espriella, “Noble”, an explosion of light that comes from a
background of shadows, the glare of the universe in the middle of a vegetable serfdom populatedby birds and dragonflies.What impacts most are his chiaroscuros with that virtual strength that has always been present inRembrandt. But in the particular
case of “Noble” it is not about imitation, but
of continuity, of aprocess that is forever in renewal and that is why it persists. It is the survival of art and its trueform of expression while at the same time it is dominated.We must all accustom ourselves to seeing its presence in his canvases and sculptures as ademonstration of versatility.
 Gabriel García Márquez
 
SELECTION OF INDIVIDUAL* AND COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2009 FIART Art Fair, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic2009 Shanell Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic2008 Olympic Fine Arts, Beijing, China (Olympic Games)2008 ArteClasica Art Fair, Buenos Aires, Argentina2007* Convenio Andrés Bello, Bogota, Colombia2007 Art Expo New York, New York, USA2007 Art Miami, Convention Center, Miami, USA2006 John Green Fina Art, Glasgow, Scotland2006 Mila Hajjar Gallery, Miami, USA2006 Francisco de Paula Santander Salon, Colombian Consulate, Miami, USA2006 The Wirtz Gallery, Miami, USA2005 Clifton Fine Art, Bristol, England2005 Expo-Colombia, Miami, USA2004 Francisco Nader Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
 
2003 Latin American Art Museum, Miami, USA2001 CIMA Gallery, West Palm Beach, USA2001 Galerie 2000, Montreal, Canada2000
Festival de Vallenato,
Cultural Center, Valledupar, Colombia
 
1999* Congress of the Republic of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia1996 Cultural Center, Chía, Colombia1994 Cultural Center, Cajicá, Colombia1994 El Chicó Museum, Bogota, Colombia1993 Second Biennial of Caribbean Art, Corferias, Bogota, Colombia
 
 
 
Agent: John McMenemyCel: (+57) 310-239-9866 johnmcmenemy@gmail.com
“THE ART OF MIGUEL DE LA ESPRIELLA –
 
´NOBLE´”
 
« Spate of Fish »50x70cm, 2009
 
Spate of Fish
” is part of a series of works within the artist´s “CosmicVision” started in 2004. It is based on one of Colombia´s long
-standingcarnival´s
 –
held throughout the country in many different places
 –
 which surrounds the moment when huge shoals of fish proceed alongthe major rivers of the country at certain times of the year bringingbounty and celebration to the villages that neighbor their banks.With its modern style one might be forgiven for thinking that it is apurely abstract expressionist work in the style of Pollock. Nor is itaction painting. Nothing could be further from the truth. The workscontain within them
the identifying elements used by “Noble” to
create the evolutionary process in his work and its apparent abstractexpressionist background is built up while containing a plethora of simple figurative fish characters that represent the swarming of theshoals as they are caught in the nets of the fishermen
 –
all set againstthe background of the night sky of 
his “Cosmic Vision” of which some
new works have shown that there is no limit to the creativity of anartist in their prime.« Song of the Pheonix »180x161cm, 2006- 2007
Song of the Phoenix
” is a ground breaking work by “Noble”.
Apparently leaving his earthbound world behind this artwork forms agroup of no more than a handful of paintings created by the artistwhile in artistic transition several years ago. Distinctly foreign in
relation to his Classical works, “Noble” enters into the traditions of the
tribal shaman found in various parts of Colombia who experiment theuniverse in all its dimensions as part of their coca-based rituals. Theartworks from this period contain simple animal figures as part of thecosmos just as the stars today form their outlines of the Zodiac. This
canvas forms part of the varied “Cosmic Vision” series of artworks.
 « Dance In The Countryside »150x 110 cm, 2004
 
Dance in the Countryside
” is again based on the many folkloric
festivals that are held in Colombia
 –
with around eighteen publicholidays a year the country is one which likes to celebrate at everyopportunity. Many dances and festivities can be encounteredthroughout the year in most of the towns and villages. The best known
is perhaps the “Barranquilla Carnival” a rival to the carnival in Rio.
 Painted in the artist´s traditional classical style the artwork evokes ahistory of days gone by
 –
of a country that was
 –
perhaps having as itsessence something that will never really be seen again after the
violence of the recent decades. “Noble” presents works from his
childhood
 –
from days beyond what his life has perceived as an adult
 –
 of innocent times perhaps never to return. Of beauty, sincerity,simplicity when Colombia was a country of villages and villagers and of something that is slowly being lost as the displaced move to the townsand cities swelling their numbers to the millions.The days when man was a part of nature rather than its master orexecutioner may never be seen or experienced again
 –
except inartworks such as these.

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