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ABOUT  THE  ARTIST

Camilo Arias is a Colombian Visual Artist with several years of experience in Fine Art, international exhibitions and large-format wallpaintings.  Although his academic career was originally in Cinema with an Audiovisual Media degree from Politecnico GranColombiano- Bogota- and 3D animation with an international accreditation from Autodesk, drawing and painting as a passion and vocation became since 2014 his full time profession. Characterized by the use of saturated and vivid colors with a great load of contrast that together with his organic and intuitive brushstroke, produces a work full of energy and tropical influences always maintaining a well-defined social and environmental  speech developed in FOUR MAIN CATEGORIES as a result of the artist's personal experiences

1 - “I defend and advocate for the memory and the HUMAN RIGHTS of a country bathed in blood so that future generations do not have to experience the anxiety and fear that living in the midst of war means.”      

2 - “I exalt and work for ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION because I grew up in the mountains and forests and I was taught to respect and care for the earth and its animals.” 


3 - “I admire and value the inheritance and the infinite knowledge of INDIGENOUS CULTURES because in my blood an entire civilization silenced by history is still screaming for justice.”      

4 - “I explore and capture SURREAL UNIVERSES, light and fantasy because they are the opposite of ordinary, dark and reality.”                                     

Humans Rights, Environmental Conservation, Indigenous Cultures and Surreal worlds are the most recurring themes of this Colombian artist for a reason. He lived his childhood and youth with the violence, misery and fear generated by death and war in the context of the Colombian armed conflict, with Art as the only mental shield. This situation gave him the willing and the initiative to approach and support social projects for children with limited resources to have access to Art and cultural activities and create new opportunities for them to scape from violent environments, just as he did. These experiences influenced his entire philosophy as a person, Art style and goals as an entrepreneur.

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Growing up surrounded by wild, colorful and exotic nature in the Colombian mountains also defined the way this Artist communicate colors and shapes. Anyone who knows Colombia can identify immediately the vibrant colors that runs through his veins and creations.  

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015: Solo exhibition “Manifestación”, Panama City, Panama.

  • 2016: Seven large commissioned wallpaintings in Panama.

  • 2017: Collective exhibition with the Gallery Zunzun in 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

After a tour of Egypt and some cities in Europe and working, experimenting and adding new materials to his works, such as plexiglass, resins, gold leaf, spray and organic materials, Camilo is now in Canada, looking for new ingredients to add to his artistic recipe and new ways to generate positive impacts in nearby communities. 
“- Art was my window to escape in my childhood from war and hard times, when time and practice it became my tool to fulfill my dreams and goals, and today it is my passion and the reason that gives balance and meaning to my whole existence.” 

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