Felipe Arturo

COL (1979). Lives and works in Lisboa and Bogota

Tropico Entropico - felipe arturo

Plaza de la Merced
Trópico Entrópico
2014. Installation. White and black sand, 2164 x 845 x 10 cm

An artist and architect, Arturo draws from the fields of urbanism, architecture, and art, relating them to politics, history, geography, and economy. His work is primarily composed of sculptures, installations, and videos which he uses to deal with issues of structure, sequence, and materiality. Arturo’s work is heavily influenced by the footprint of history on contemporary architecture and construction techniques, as well as the consequences of the process of colonization on modern culture.

After graduating as an architect from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Arturo received a master of arts degree from the Columbia University in New York. He worked for three years under the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, in Bogota, and a year under the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar in New York. He participated in the production of the multimedia spectacle Éste Siglo y el Otro (This century and the next) to celebrate the end of the twentieth century in Colombia. He also participated in an urban video installation called Péndulo (Pendulum) outside the Goethe-Institut in Bogota (1999). His interventions include the exhibitions Cuerpo, Arte, Naturaleza (Body, art, nature) in Bogota’s Botanic Garden (2004), The Happiness of Objects at the Sculpture Center in New York (2007), Now, Transformation Spaces at the Casa del Lago in Mexico City (2009), the Casa de las Américas in Madrid, Spain (2010), the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico (2010) and the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Bogota (2011). In 2008 he was awarded a scholarship by the Jerome Foundation, which allowed him to travel the Amazon River basin recording Amazonian cities. The result was installed on the streets of Shanghai. His solo exhibitions include Constructivismo Espontáneo (Spontaneous constructivism), at the OMR Gallery in Mexico City (2010), and Diez Letras (Ten letters), at the La Central Gallery in Bogota (2012).