Bernardo Ortiz. Dibujar y Robar

Dibujar y robar. Bernardo Ortiz. 06.02.15_30.04.15

Bernardo Ortiz’s art works revolve around the words, drawings and symbolic spots that compose a dialogue with the time and with its effects and events. Thanks to his formation as philosopher and his knowledge of literature, he investigates the connection, always tense, between the written word and the painting or the drawing, by using colors, typographies or textures. The bidimensional surface is his works integrates a materials overlaps, texts, folds. Being looked over, these pieces show some decontextualized sentences through which the artist tries to relate images and language, making evident that words can evocate an image, but they also can work as pictorial object by themselves.

Bernardo Ortiz was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1972. He studied Art at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and then got a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Universidad del Valle in Cali. He has participated in major international exhibitions including: 30th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2012), 11th Lyon Biennial (France, 2011), Ephemeroptarae (Austria, 2013), Game Piece (Norway, 2013), and MDE 07 (Colombia, 2007) among others. Ortiz was co-curator of the 7th Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas (Cali, Colombia). He worked as a professor at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, at Universidad del Valle and at Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali.


His works take part of important collections as Tate Modern Collection, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; CNAP Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York, USA; Museo de arte Moderno la Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; Private collections in USA, Brazil, England, Colombia.