The Power of Art:
The Story of overcoming WAR
Camilo Arias is a Colombian Visual Artist who has spent more than a decade traveling the globe, showcasing his vivid and dynamic works in solo and group exhibitions in countries such as France, the USA, and notably, Egypt, where he participated in the Cairo Biennale 2022. Additionally, he has left his mark through captivating wall paintings in places such as Panama, Iceland, Spain, and Egypt.
His life story is a testament to the transformative power of Art. Born and raised in the midst of the Colombian armed conflict, Camilo found himself surrounded by death, chaos, and uncertainty. His parents, unable to provide for him, left him to fend for himself, and the state's neglect left him with little hope for a better future.
However, Camilo discovered a passion for Art, and it became his mental shield, his tool to escape death and fulfill his dreams. Through his Art, he found a way to cope with his past and channel his pain into something beautiful.
Camilo's Art is an ode to human resilience, environmental conservation, indigenous cultures, and surrealism. His works are vibrant and energetic, reflecting his deep connection with nature and the world around him. His bold use of colors and vivid imagery are rooted in his upbringing in the wild, colorful, and exotic Colombian nature.
Through his Art, Camilo shares his journey of overcoming adversity and the transformative power of creativity. His work has a profound impact on the viewer, positively affecting one's mood, reducing stress and anxiety, and enhancing creativity. Camilo's Art is a visual representation of these benefits and more.
Severals exhibitions and large-format murals have traveled the world, from Panama and Egypt to France, Iceland, Spain and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. But Camilo's commitment to using Art as a tool for social change is not limited to his exhibitions. He volunteers his time and expertise to social projects aimed at providing children in difficult situations access to Art.
2015: Solo exhibition “Manifestación”, Panama City, Panama.
2016: Seven large commissioned wallpaintings in Panama.
2017: Collective exhibition with the Gallery Zunzun in 3 differents cities of France, as part of Latinograff Festival.
2018: Commissioned wallpaintings in Iceland.
2018: Commissioned wallpaintings in Spain.
2018: Commissioned wallpaintings in Egypt.
2019: Participation in the 13th Cairo Biennale at the Modern Egyptian Art Museum.
2019: Solo exhibition "Psychedelic Roots" at Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2020: Collective exhibition, as a COVID-19 event support, at Arcade Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2022- Live painting show at Parliament of Canada for Latin American Heritage Month celebrations as a commission for Latinamerican Embassies
2023: Art Workshops for the Colombian Community in collaboration with General Consulates of Colombia in Ottawa and Montreal.
2023: Solo Exhibition "Deep Connection" at Atithi Studio Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA.
2023 : Group exhibition at Global Affairs Canada as part of Latin American Heritage Month, Ottawa.
In short, Camilo Arias is not just an artist; he is a storyteller, a visionary, and a catalyst for change. His vibrant and striking pieces are not just an expression of his creativity, but a call to action to create a better world through Art. His story is a testament to the power of Art to transform lives and create new opportunities, and his creativity is a tool for transformation and a catalyst for positive change in the world.