Fight those Monday blues by losing yourself in the bright, bold and varied colours of Colombia’s art scene. The Latin-American continent is host to various colliding histories, movements, cultures and beliefs and Colombia is no exception to this rule; in fact it seems to be a country that typifies this cultural richness…
In many ways, the art of Colombia can act as a visual timeline of sorts; the gold work credited to Tumaco people of the Pacific coast has links to the myth of El Dorado, whilst the murals and renaissance styles that developed during the 16th and 17th centuries tell tales of the Spanish arrival and the colonial period.
Throughout its 3000 years of art history, Colombian artists have dabbled in a plethora of colours and belonged to a selection of styles and movements; from gold and stone crafting and religious murals, to decadent portraits of aristocracy and the modern abstraction of artists such as Fernando Botero. It’s not just the colours and the styles of these pieces of art that impress us however; the history contained within the colours of these paintings and the stone of these sculptures fascinates as well. Most recently, some ancient drawings of human figures and a range of animals, thought to be up to 20,000 years old, were discovered in the Chiribiquete National Park. Pair this incredible discovery with the ongoing success of contemporary artist Doris Salcedo, whose works have been exhibited in both London and New York, and you’ve got a country of incredible artistic diversity.
Okay, so it might still be Monday, but at least we’ve changed those blues into brilliant golds, reds and greens.