I am a Colombian-born Canadian citizen with a background and training in architecture, sculpture, painting, and public performance. I hold an MA from the Minnesota State University and a MFA from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. I have taught architecture, design and art at the university/college level in Colombia, the United States, and Canada. I currently sit on the boards at Ontario Society of Artist, the Temiskaming Art Gallery, in Haileybury, Sculptors Society of Canada, in Toronto, and Contemporary Art Committee, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, in which I am the creator and current president.
I have been honoured with the task of creation of public commissions for the Town and Mine memorial in Matachewan Ontario, and The Kirkland Lake Commemorative Plaque at Toburn Site. I was a finalist in the 2008 Public Art Competition for St. Clair Avenue W. Transit Improvement project, the Pride 2014 Church Street Murals, and The PanAm path (Panamerican Games) 2015. My work is exhibited in both public and private collections and has been showcased in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Japan, UK, and USA. My active and current record of exhibitions includes twenty-seven solo shows and multiple curated art-shows from 1997 to the present. The highlight of my Visual-performance work was the performance at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) on April 2012. In general, in my performance work, I collaborate with music composers, singers, dancers and actors.
I have been an artist in Residency at the Living Arts Centre Residents program, LIA International Art Program in Leipzig Germany, Fundación ACE in Buenos Aires Argentina, and Arctic Ceramic Centre (ACC) Posio, Finland. I have also been the recipient of several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, received multiple awards in the US and Canada, and was honoured as Establish Visual Artist of the Year 2007 by the Mississauga Arts Council.
My architectural experience emphasizes design and I have completed, from creation to construction, house projects in Colombia and Canada. I was a figure skater for over seventeen years and participated at the international level in the World Games, achieving 4th place. I competed in four World Championships, two Pan-American games, and two South American Championships, winning two bronze medals. I was the Colombian Pairs Champion from 1989 to 1998.
Neilson Park Creative Centre
Neilson Park Creative Centre 56 Neilson Drive Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V7September 28 October 18, 2020