COL (1985). / Lives and works in Cartagena de Indias and Paris
2 mesas atrancadas en diagonal
2011-2013. / Sculpture in balance
José Olano’s work can be described as installations of concrete instability and imbalance. Change and uncertainty haunt his pieces, threatening us with our own fear of the unknown and the unusual. Olano uses simple shapes and materials and suspends them in positions of tension, investing them with a poetry and fragility previously absent. He contrasts the visible with the invisible, leaving us with ephemeral forms and sculptures that are dynamic in space and time. His works have been described as
sculptural drawings. He graduated from the visual expression program of the École nationale supérieure d’art in Cergy-Pontoise, France and received a diploma in creative practice from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Cartagena. His undergraduate degree is in visual arts from the École municipale d’arts in Rueil-Malmaison, France. His exhibitions include La vitrine vidéo in Rueil-Malmaison, Open Studio at the Miyakasa Studio in Havana, Chambre 13 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Variance longtemps
accumulée in Clermont-Ferrand, Residencias Espacios Alternativos (Residencies alternative spaces) at the Museo Bolivariano de Arte Contemporáneo in Santa Marta.
Esto eslo que estamos haciendo ahora (This is what we’re doing now) in Cartagena, and Jeune Création in Paris. He has also taken part in the exhibition Nuevos Nombres – Desequilibrio y Movilidad (New names—imbalance and mobility) by the Banco de la Republica in Bogota, Saber Desconocer (To know not to know) at the 43 Salon (inter) Nacional de Artistas in Medellin, and Sobre La Mesa / En El Aire (On the table/in the air) at the French Alliance in Barranquilla.