Born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1962, Federico Uribe lives and works in Miami. His works adopt a hybrid character that creates resistance to classification. Uribe is a conceptual artist resorting to the language of pop art through the use of objects of daily life, but with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art.

Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and in 1988 left for New York to study a master-of-fine-arts degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer. It was the beginning of a journey that included years of studies and work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and finally Miami.

Initially his formation began as a painter with sensual and brooding canvases influenced by his dark reflections on the Catholic sense of pain, guilt and sexuality.

In 1996, abandoning his paintbrushes and attracted by the usually neglected beauty of simple objects in daily use, he began to observe them with care, collect them, set them side by side and combine them , so that they became unusual instruments of a new aesthetic, full of color, irony and lively playfulness.

Uribe creates sculptures which are not sculpted but constructed and weaved, in all kinds of different ways, curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive. They follow the classics canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is absolutely unusual, whimsical, of enormous efficacy and communicability. When observed from close, his works reveal various kinds of interpretations; they invite us to touch them, to discover the detail and connection between one element and another. When viewed form further away, they offer volumes, forms, textures and color. Distance, proximity and perception are key factors in the interaction between Uribe’s work and its viewers.

Very important to Uribe, because it is a vital part of his creations is the title he gives them and that reveal his deep connections to language and literature. "Most of my work is based on words", says Uribe, "I sometimes start with a name and look for my objects, sometimes the object makes me think of the word, and I exploit it to create a work." A happy and sometimes disconcerting association of materials and ideas allows Uribe to put the former to the service of the latter, or the other way round, leading to metamorphoses guided by clearly defined conceptual procedures, aiming at irony and benevolent provocation.

Humor, beauty and love are essentially what remain in the memory of the viewer of Uribe’s work. For an artist who comes from a country that has been at war for almost half a century, this achievement is a way of reconciliation with life: “I have the hope,” says Uribe, “that people who relate to my sculptures and live with them, will see the love I put into them. I want people to feel that I do this with a lot of careful attention and the purpose of beauty. I give my life to my work and I want people to see it.”

Federico Uribe is currently represented by the Now Contemporary Art Gallery (www.nowcontemporaryart.com)

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solo exhibitions

2013 / Now Contemporary Art
“The Realm Of the Unreal” Miami, Florida, USA

2013/ Museo de Arte de Pereira
“Color Construido” - Pereira, Risaralda, COLOMBIA

2013/ KM Fine Arts L.A
“Compulsive Pencil” – Los Angele, California, USA

2013 / Hudson River Museum
"Fantasy River" - Yonkers, New York, USA

2013 / Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Panama
"Dos Hemisferios" - Panama City , Panama

2012 / Now Contemporary Art
“Painting on a Shoestring” Miami, Florida, USA

2011 / Now Contemporary Art
“Once Upon a Time” Miami, Florida, USA

2010 / Wolfsonian Museum
"Slowly but surely" - Miami Beach, USA

2010 / Praxis Gallery (Art Miami)
"Risk" - Miami, USA

2010 / Praxis Gallery (Art Palm Beach)
"Risk" - West Palm Beach, USA

2010 / Praxis Gallery (Waterfront park)
"Risk" - West Palm Beach, USA

2009 / Chelsea Art Museum
"Pencilism" - New York, USA

2009 / Oratorio di San Rocco
"Human Nature" - Padova, Italy

2009 / FUMI Gallery
"Sculptures by Federico Uribe" - London, UK

2009 / Praxis Gallery
"Abstract-O" - Miami, USA

2008 / La Comunidad
"Animal Farm" - Miami, USA

2007 / Chelsea Art Museum
"Human Nature" - New York, USA

2006 / PUMA
"Human Nature" - Miami, USA

2006 / Annina Nosei Gallery (Scope)
"Solo Show" - Miami, USA

2005 / Design Miami
"Second Nature" - Miami, USA

2005 / Jacob Karpio Gallery (Art Basel)
"Pencil paintings"- Miami Beach, USA

2004 / Art Museum of the Americas / O.A.S.
"Federico Uribe" - Washington, USA

2004 / Jacob Karpio Gallery
"Garden on gardening tools"- Palm Beach, USA

2004 / Joan Guaita Art Gallery
"Federico Uribe"- Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2003 / Annina Nosei Gallery
"Comments on Paintings" - New York, USA

2003 / Bass Museum of Arts
"Garden on tools" & "Screwed" - Miami, USA

2002 / Annina Nosei Gallery
"Screwed" - New York, USA

2002 / Angel Romero Gallery
"Cactus Garden" - Miami, USA

2001 / Annina Nosei Gallery
"Torsos" - Chicago, USA

2001 / Futurshow
"Cactus Garden" - Bologna, Italy

2000 / Annina Nosei Gallery
"Adam and Eve" - New York, USA

2000 / Instituto Cabañas
"Silfides y Jardin de Cactus" - Guadalajara, México

1999 / Adriana Schmidt Gallery
"Federico Uribe" - Köln, Germany

group exhibitions

2013 / Museum Villa Rot
“At Every Turn” Burgrieden-Rot, Germany

2013 / Grassi Museum
“Experimental Shoe-Design” Liepzig- Germany

2010 / Now Contemporary Art
"Parallel realities" - Miami, USA

2008 / Praxis Gallery
"Paintings on a shoestring" - Miami, USA

2008 / Luminaire & Christie's
"Paper Love" - Miami, USA

2008 / Opera Gallery
"Latin American flavour" - Dubai, UAE

2008 / Opera Gallery
"Ma Tse Lin & Federico Uribe" - Monaco

2007 / Transylvania University/Morgan Gallery
"Imprinted bodies" - Lexington, USA

2007 / Macy's East
"Art under glass summer 2007" - New York, USA

2006 / Luminaire & Christie's
"Poppy Love" - Miami, USA

2005 / Galeria Lyle O'Reitzel
"Contra corriente" - Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

2004 / Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
"Push Play: redefining Pop" - USA

2004 / The Ignatian Center for the Arts
"American Dream" - Miami, USA

2003 / Polk Museum of Art
"A Painting over a sofa" - Lakeland, USA

2003 / National Gallery of Cayman Islands
"Fresh" - Cayman Islands

2002 / The Nassau County Museum of Art
"The Latin Century" - New York, USA

2002 / ArtCenter/South Florida Gallery
"The Medium is the message"-Miami, US

2001 / Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
"A painting over the sofa"- Miami, USA

2001 / The Babilonia Wilner Collection
"Circos Globulos" - Berkeley, USA

2000 / Luis Adelantado Gallery
"3a. convocatoria internacional"- Valencia, Spain

2000 / Annina Nosei Gallery
"Summer Show" - New York, USA

education

1990 / Institute of Arts - La Habana, Cuba

1988-1989 / State University of New York - New York, USA (Under supervision of Luis Camnitzer)

1984-1987 / University of Los Andes - Bogota, Colombia

grants

2001 / Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
"New Forms Miami"- USA

2000 / Art Center of South Forida
Miami, USA.

1992 / The Delfina Studios Trust
London, U.K.

1991 / Ciudad de México
México, D.F.

public lectures

2008 / Miami Art Museum
MAM Art Trekkers / Nov.15 - Miami, USA

2008 / Bass Museum of Arts
ArtCrowd / Jan.15 - Miami, USA

2007 / FIU Visual Art Department
Oct.4 - Miami, USA

2007 / Los Altos de Chavon School of Design
Workhops/Oct.10 - Dominican Rep.

2007 / Bass Museum of Arts
ArtCrowd / Sep.5 - Miami, USA

2007 / Citibank
Latin American & Caribbean Art Series / Apr.17 - Miami, USA

2006 / Inside Out
Pecha Kucha/Dec.7 - Miami, USA

2003 / Bass Museum of Arts
ArtCrowd / Aug.18- Miami, USA

publications

2009 / Pencilism
Praxis Gallery

2009 / Abstract-O
Praxis Gallery

2009 / Human Nature
Mirella Cisotto Nalon – Padova, Oratorio di San Rocco

2008 / Mae Tse Lin & Federico Uribe
Opera Gallery

2004 / Push Play Redefining Pop
Jacksonville Museum of Art

2004 / American Dream
The Ignatian Center for the Arts

2003 / 1998-2003
Annina Nosei Gallery

2001 / A Painting over a Sofa
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

museums &
public collections

Delphina Entrecanales - England

Bacardi Foundation - México

Bass Museum of Arts - Miami, USA

web development

The Federico Uribe website is developed by vanillashake media, www.vanillashakemedia.com

photography credits

Moris Moreno | Bernard Danenberg | Claudia Uribe | Carlos Corona | Camilo Echevarria | Wolfgang Stauber