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Federico Uribe


Born in Bogota, Colombia, Uribe lives and works in Miami. His artwork resists classification. Rooted in the craft of sculpture and paint, it rises from intertwining everyday objects in all possible and surprising ways, but still 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. 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 curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive ways. They follow the classical canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is absolutely whimsical, yet contains enormous efficacy and communicability. When observed from close, his works reveal various kinds of interpretations; invites us to touch them, to discover the detail and connection between one element and another. When viewed from further away, they offer volumes, forms, textures and color. Distance, proximity and perception are key factors in the interconnection between Uribe’s work and its viewers.

The title of his creations is very important to Uribe, because it reveals 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 leads their dichotomy to metamorphoses, guided by clearly defined conceptual procedures, and results in ironic, benevolent provocation. 

The viewer is left with a memory of Humor, beauty and love are essentially what remain in the memory of the viewer. 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.”

1990 Instituto Superior de Arte - La Habana, Cuba.
1988-89 State University of New York, under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer.
1984-87 Universidad de los Andes - Bogotá, Colombia.

2013 Hudson River Museum - “Fantasy River” - New York, USA
2013 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) - “Dos Hemisferios” - Panama, Panama.
2012 Now Contemporary Art Gallery - “Painting on a Shoe String” -Miami, USA
2012 Art Miami, Miami, USA
2012 Art Platform, LA, USA
2011 BRMA - “The World According to Federico Uribe” - Boca Raton, USA
2010 Vero Beach Museum of Art - “Metamorphosis” - Vero Beach, USA 2010 Now
Contemporary Art - “Once upon a time” - Miami, USA
2010 Now Contemporary/Art Miami-“At the beginning was the word”-Miami, USA
2010 Now Contemporary/ArtBo - “Domesticada” - Bogota, Colombia
2010 Wolfsonian Museum - “Slowly but surely” - Miami Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery/ Waterfront Park - “Risk” - Palm Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery/ ArtPalmBeach - “Risk” - Palm Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery / MIA - “Risk” - Miami, USA
2009 FUMI Gallery - “Federico Uribe’s Sculptures” - London - England
2009 Praxis Gallery - “Abstract-O” - Miami, USA
2009 Chelsea Art Museum - “Pencilism” – New York, USA
2009 Oratorio San Rocco - “Human Nature” – Padova, Italy
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.

2010 Now Contemporary Art - “Parallel realities” - Miami, USA
2008 Praxis Gallery – collective show - Miami, USA.
2008 Luminaire & Christie’s - "Paper Love" - Miami, USA.
2008 Opera Gallery – collective show - Dubai
2008 Opera Gallery – “Ma Tse Lin & Federico Uribe” - Monaco
2007 Transylvania University/Morlan Gallery-“Inprinted 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, USA
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.
2010 Now Contemporary Art - “Federico Uribe”
2009 Praxis Gallery - “Pencilism”
2009 Praxis Gallery - “Abstracts-O”
2009 Oratorio di San Rocco - “Human Nature”
2008 Opera Gallery - “Ma Tse Lin & Federico Uribe
2004 The Ignatian Center For The Arts - “American Dream”
2004 Jacksonville Museum of Art - “Push Play Redefining Pop”
2001 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery - “A Painting Over a Sofa”

2008 NYF International Advertising Awards – Silver & Bronze medals
2001 Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs - “New Forms Miami”- USA
2000 South Florida Art Center - Miami, USA.
1992 The Delfina Studios Trust - London, U.K.
1991 Ciudad de México - México, D.F.

2008 Miami Art Museum – MAM Art Trekkers - Lecture Nov.15 - Miami, USA
2008 Bass Museum of Arts – ArtCrowd - Lecture Jan.15 - Miami, USA
2007 Los Altos de Chavon School of Design-Workshop Oct.10/13-Dominican Republic
2007 FIU Visual Art Department - Workshop Oct. 4 - Miami, USA
2007 Bass Museum of Arts – ArtCrowd - Lecture Sep.5 - Miami, USA
2007 Frost Art Museum - Latin American & Caribbean Art Lecture Series” Apr.17 -Miami
2006 Inside Out – “Pecha Kucha” – Lecture Dec.7 - Miami, USA
2003 Bass Museum of Arts – ArtCrowd - Lecture Aug.18 - Miami, USA

Mihkel Mannil –USA
Gerome Guerrand (Hermes)
Bass Museum of Arts - Miami, USA.
Vero Beach Museum of Arts - Vero Beach, USA.
Bacardi Foundation - Mexico
Delphina Entrecanales - London, GB.
Annina Nosei - USA
Federico Gandolfi Vannini - Italy
Nina Menocal - Mexico
Bernard Dannenberg – Paris, France
Cesar Gaviria - Washington, USA
Marian Javits – New York, USA
Dennis Rolland - New York, USA.
Nicola Bulgari - New York, USA.
Nargis & Nassir Kasamali – Miami, USA
Laura Braggion - Roma, Italy
Pedro Montaner – Spain
Pedro Pascual – Spain
Giuseppe Calabresi - Roma, Italy
David e Sandra Blei - Italy
Michael Tilson Thomas – Miami, USA
Peggy Cooper Cafritz – USA