BEA at ARTBO 2016. What you need to know.

October 23, 2016


OCTOBER 27 - 30, 2016

CORFERIAS, Avenida La Esperanza with Carrera 39, Bogotá D.C., Colombia

Exhibiting the works of Pedro Ruiz, Carlos Alarcón, Max Steven Grossman, Mario Arroyave, Juan Carlos Rivero-Cintra, Armando Castro-Uribe, Carolina Convers and Elsa Zambrano.




This year in ARTBO, Beatriz Esguerra presents the “Ibargüen” series of the artist and humanitarian Pedro Ruiz. During international competition, it is not the goal, the gold, or the triumphs that inspire Pedro Ruiz, it is the capacity that these moments have to break down the barriers that divide us. When focused upon a common achievement, social and ideological barriers disappear, our identity becomes one, and we unite as human beings. Together we root for Caterine Ibargüen (Colombian Olympic winner in the triple jump at Rio) to fly. An homage to the woman, it is also a metaphor for the jump we must take, not only as Colombians, but as a society. He alludes to the evolutionary leap that can distance us from violence, one that can take us away from the forced control and beyond the fragility of a simple truce. The “Ibargüen” series is part of the “Colombiana Light” project, which Ruiz been developing for the last few years.  

Joining Pedro Ruiz will be the artists Max Steven Grossman, Mario Arroyave, Juan Carlos Rivero-Cintra, Armando Castro-Uribe, Carlos Alarcón, Carolina Convers and Elsa Zambrano.

Max Steven Grossman and Mario Arroyave express themselves through the use of “constructed photography,” bringing different images together in one coherent whole. Grossman explores issues of extinction through the creation of ideal and unattainable libraries that exist only in his imagination; to which no one would have access, but every being would want to possess. In turn, Mario Arroyave constructs abstract works composed of photographs captured within a defined period that are then compressed into one single image, thus playing upon our understanding of time.

Carlos Alarcón, Juan Carlos Rivero-Cintra and Armando Castro-Uribe comment upon the realities they see in the world they live in through meticulous drawings and paintings. Through portraits born out of graphite and needlework, Carlos Alarcón addresses the anxieties human beings deal with in their daily lives. Rivero-Cintra metaphorically escapes those anxieties expressed by Alarcón and creates images of mental displacements employing surrealist details. Finally, Armando Castro-Uribe brings attention to the nobleness found in Colombian agrarian life, especially considering all the difficulties it entails due to the armed conflict that these rural workers have had to bear, and survive, in their daily life. His images are brought to life using aerial compositions upon raw cardboard, consistent throughout his artistic practice.

Lastly, Carolina Convers combines collage and resin in her questioning of the role of the female in society, while Elsa Zambrano creates her own version of history’s masterpiece using popular objects that she has collected obsessively over time. Zambrano consistently explores themes relating to possessing the unattainable and that of commenting upon other’s works of art in her own work.

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As part of the VIP program organized by ARTBO for international visitors, collectors and key figures in the national and international art world, Beatriz Esguerra Art will offer a reception at the gallery on Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30-7:00 PM, to show its current exhibition “Undo,” by Colombian artist Luis Carlos Tovar. Friends of the gallery and of the artist are also cordially invited.