Gustavo Vélez

26 June - 11 July 2021 FORTE DEI MARMI

Gustavo Vélez was born in 1975 in Medellín, Colombia. Shortly before finishing middle school, he devoted himself to art studies in his hometown and later continued at the "Lorenzo de 'Medici" school in Florence.

Since 2005 he has exhibited in various galleries in Tokyo, Utsunomya, Iwaki and Yokohama. Among the numerous exhibitions it is worth mentioning the personal exhibition which had as its theme the centenary of bilateral relations between Japan and Colombia (2008); and "Incontro a Pietrasanta", a traveling exhibition presented in many galleries in Colombia and Japan (2011-2012); exhibition at the Guan Xiang Gallery and the Zhengzhou Museum in China (2010); collective exhibition hosted in the Imperial City Museum of Beijing, China (2011). In the same years he participated in fairs such as "KIAF" in Korea and "Arte Shanghai" in China. In recent years he has exhibited more than 20 monumental works in marble, steel and bronze in some museums in Ecuador and Colombia (2011-12). In Europe he has participated in numerous art fairs, such as the "Pinta" in London and the "Swab" in Barcelona.


Many of his sculptures are found in museums and private collections, in Colombia they can be admired at: Pontifical Bolivarian University, Medellín; Metro, Medellín; Gobernaciòn del Tolima, Ibagué. In Japan at the Hiki hospital, and in the city of Utsunomya. In Ecuador at the Guayaquil Contemporary Art Museum. In the Dominican Republic at Casa di Campo. In Korea at the Art Velley in Seoul.


For a third consecutive year, both Sotheby’s and Phillips auction houses have included the sculptures of Vélez in their auctions of Latin American Art in New York, for which they have all attracted great interest and strong sales.


This summer, Gustavo Vélez will be present with a solo exhibition at Oblong Contemporary Forte dei Marmi. 


Vélez is able to render harmonic and fluid lines in the geometric forms of his artworks. His sculptures enter into a relationship with the urban and architectural space that surrounds them, and if architecture is the sum of all the arts, sculpture tells us what we perceive visually, in this icy communication, in this connection between the plastic and metaphysical, between expansionist silence, this is where Vélez's work is placed. Marble, steel, bronze and resins are the materials of his choice. His is a work of strength and matter, which stretches in space like visual music, a music that expands and contracts, giving multiple emotional possibilities.


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