Camilo Restrepo

1973 · Colombia

Artist biography

Using the visual language of psychedelic colors and playful figures, Colombian artist Camilo Restrepo underscores the gaiety of his work with the harsh reality of a country’s drug lord past.

Influenced by the reign of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian drug war, Restrepo channels the chaos of that era into his compositions. Part of his process is quite literally violence, as he often attacks the surface of his materials in various modes of destruction. These resulting imperfections, combined with the near-perfect detail that Restrepo lavishes elsewhere in his work, results in a striking visual narrative on the atrocities of drug culture’s impact on his home country.

Born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1973, Restrepo received his MA from the National University of Colombia in 2008 and subsequently completed his MFA degree at CalArts in 2013. He has achieved notable accolades for his work, including being nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero Award, and has gained fans of his work through his various exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions of Restrepo’s work include those at Steve Turner Los Angeles; Galería Santa Fe in Bogotá; and Galería Banasta in Medellín.

Camilo Restrepo

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