Anibal Vallejo /   Aníbal Vallejo

Colombia 1975

Installation, Painting

Anibal Vallejo
Aníbal Vallejo
April 16, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

With a great passion for the arts and a thirst for creativity, Colombian artist Aníbal Vallejo pushes the boundaries of painting by delving into its materiality and formality. Moving beyond conventional painting tools and techniques expands the creative possibilities of Vallejo who aims to find new forms to be integrated into the process. Employing such elements as threads, fabrics, jewelry, industrial embroidery and especially hand embroidery, he creates outstanding mixed-media works that are rich in texture and only limited to his imagination.

Anibal Vallejo - MAMM modern arte museo of medellin bogotá 2016 antioquia group
Anibal Vallejo – Pattern #3, 2014 (Left) / Veinte Colores Puestos Al Azar, 2014 (Right)

Across the Boundaries

Born in 1975, Aníbal Vallejo earned his degree in fine arts from the University of Antioquia, Medellín, in 1996, and then in fashion design from the Colombian College of Design, also in the city of Medellín in 1999. After graduation, he spent ten years in Europe and the United States, further developing his skills as a painter and participating in exhibitions. Vallejo’s training, as a plastic artist and fashion designer, influenced his artistic practice and he became interested in elements outside the world of painting that he tries to bring into the work. Fashion raw materials as sewing thread and fabrics result in elements in the paintings such as dresses, animals, flora, and fauna, or abstract shapes in his most recent pieces. The most of lines, shapes and textures in his paintings are made of these materials.

Anibal Vallejo - MAMM modern arte museo of medellín bogotá 2016 antioquia group
Anibal Vallejo – Untitled #1, 2012 / Untitled #2, 2012 (Right)

The Art of Reinvention

Vallejo’s paintings are often perceived as three-dimensional objects, rather than a two-dimensional support, treated with a needle and a thread to become embroidery works of minimalistic patterns. Although Vallejo’s early works were more figurative, his recent series mostly include abstract minimalistic pieces. He takes as a reference his earlier works abstracted into fragments. The idea of reinventing has been inspired by the years the artist spent in the UK, Spain, Italy, and New York City. Wherever he relocated, he had to start from scratch – to learn another language, meet new people.

Anibal Vallejo - Untitled #1, 2015 (Left) / Untitled #2, 2015 (Right)
Anibal Vallejo – Untitled #1, 2015 (Left) / Untitled #2, 2015 (Right)

Beyond the Traditional Approach of Art Making

Aníbal Vallejo has exhibited his pieces throughout his native country, as well as beyond in Italy, the United States, Mexico, Spain, and France. Most recently, his work was included in a group show Transborder, and in a duo show Memoria entre líneas (Memory Between Lines) along with Iván Castiblanco. The both shows were on display at Fabien Castanier Gallery in Bogotá, Colombia. Talented and promising artist, Vallejo creates stunning pieces of art that examine the transitory elements of shape, color, form, and context within art making. Combining embroidery, laser etching, patchwork, acrylic and charcoal on fabric, he creates his own technique outside the traditional approach of art-making.

The artist is represented by Fabien Castanier Gallery in Bogotá.

Aníbal Vallejo lives and works in Medellin, Colombia.

Featured photo: Anibal Vallejo – Untitled (detail), 2015
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibitions TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Memoria Entre LineasFabien Castanier Gallery, Bogota, Colombia Group
2016TransborderFabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA Group
2015Progresion - GradacionMuseo de Arte Moderno de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia Solo
2015ProgresionLokkus Arte Contemporaneo, Medellin, ColombiaSolo
2015Contemporary IstanbulIstanbul, Turkey Group
2015Feria OdeonBogota, Colombia Group
2015Que Es El Presente?Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2015ParaleloLokkus Arte Contemporaneo, Medellin, Colombia Group
2014Feria OdeonBogota, Colombia Group
2014Pulse New YorkNew York, NY, USAGroup
2014Linea BlandaNew abstraction in Colombia, Galeria Sextante, Bogota, Colombia Group
2014Reserva ExpuestaMuseo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2013Paisaje Sin LugarGaleria Duque Arango, Medellin, Colombia Solo
2013Pulse MiamiMiami, FL, USAGroup
2013CutlogParis, FranceGroup
2013Art CopenhagenCopenhagen, Denmark Group
2013Sans Lieu Ni Tete - Sin Lugar Ni CabezaMark Hachem Gallery, Paris, France Group
2013La Gente En La Coleccion Del Museo35 years of the Museum, Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2013Latin American Art ShowcaseION Art Gallery, Singapore Group
2012Hobnobbing At The Garden Of Earthly DelightsBlack Square Gallery, Miami, FL, USA Solo
2012Context Art MiamiMiami, FL, USA Group
2012Houston Fine Art FairHouston, TX, USA Group
2012This Room Is A Cagetribute to John Cage, Sala U Gallery, Universidad Nacional sede Medellin, Medellin, Colombia Group
2011Art ChicagoChicago, IL, USA Group
2011Scope New YorkNew York, NY, USA Group
2011Dream Catcher IiContemporary Festival, Black Square Gallery, Miami, FL, USAGroup
2011Colombia En MeridaMuseum of Contemporary Art of Yucatan, MACAY, Merida, Mexico Group
2010Artefiera-Art First 2010Bologna, Italy Group
2010The Affordable Art Fair New York CityNew York, NY, USA Group
2010FlorilegioDancing Elephant Projects, Bogota, Colombia Group
2010Dorado, Video-Installation-EditorialFIART - Fondo Internacional de las Artes, Madrid, Spain Group
2009About Bugs And Fashions Among FabricsGaleria La Oficina, Medellin, Colombia Solo
2009Casa De CitasMuseo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia Group
2009Corte 50Collection of the Museum, Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2008Is The Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?Museo El Castillo, Medellin, Colombia Solo
2008New AcquisitionsMuseo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2008Imagina+A Umbral Grafico ColombianoMuseo de Arte Moderno MAMM, Medellin, Colombia Group
2007Artbo, CorferiasBogota, Colombia Group
2006Artefiera-Art First 2006Bologna, Italy Group
2006Summer Group ShowBiagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, ItalyGroup
2005Artefiera-Art First 2005Bologna, Italy Group
2005Spring Group ShowEarl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA Group
2005Small TreasuresGroup Show Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy Group
2004Artefiera-Art First 2004Bologna, Italy Group
2004Summer Group ShowEarl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY, USA Group
2003Spring Group ShowBiagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy Group
2002Endematt - BoxbarterMilan, Italy Group