Lux Art Institute welcomes Restrepo to open 10th season

The Lux Art Institute will feature five artists from all over the world coming for residency in its upcoming 10th anniversary season, beginning with Colombian Camilo Restrepo.

In residency from Sept. 10 through Oct. 2 (the exhibition runs through Oct. 29), Restrepo will work on two separate pieces created from collected newspaper clippings and drawings from his personal sketchbooks. These works will focus on concepts of failure and appropriation in relation to the drug-trade, and will be exhibited at ArtBo in Bogotá upon their completion. An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute.

Punctuated by bright colors and cartoonish characters, Restrepo’s works represent internal and external dialogues: one relating to the psyche and a desire for perfection, the other reflecting the horrors in drug-laden Colombia. Starting with a sheet of acid-free paper, Restrepo inflicts multiple aggressive techniques upon the surface, such as submerging it under water, rubbing it against the street, and crumpling it into a large mass before drawing and painting on the individual sheets.

Sourcing images from Google as an inspiration for his large, hyper-detailed surfaces, his work explores both aggression and the absurd in reaction to Colombia’s drug war and Pablo Escobar’s reign.

Restrepo was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, before earning his MA in Aesthetics from the National University of Colombia in 2008 and an MFA from CalArts in 2013. He has had solo exhibitions both stateside at Steve Turner Los Angeles and abroad at Galería Santa Fe in Bogotá and Galería Banasta in Medellín.

Restrepo’s work has also been displayed at numerous international art fairs including ArtBo, Zona Maco, CODE Art Fair and Seattle Art Fair. He was recently nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero Award, which is the most important prize in Colombia for artists over 35.

The Lux Art Institute is a unique museum experience, as it is the region’s only artist-in-residence program inviting artists to live and work on site while producing a commissioned work of art. At Lux, visitors don’t just see finished works of art, they see the artistic process firsthand by observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.

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