The Last of us


How many times have I played soccer in my life? Seen my parents lying in bed on a Sunday morning? Played ping-pong during school recess? Partied with friends at someone’s beach house? I started painting an idea: the feeling of repeated experiences, which are always different in their own way, condensed into one image.

Combining visual references from life and photographs, and using my imagination, I recreate my memories and everyday experiences as they feel and look inside my head. My paintings can’t be placed in a particular day, month or year of my life, nor can they be understood as a literal, recognizable moment.

As a Colombian raised in the digital age, I was constantly exposed to American culture visually, musically, and historically through the Internet and television. My upbringing as an artist has also always been colored by Western art history and imagery. My work is an amalgam of those influences and my Colombian lifestyle and personal experiences. It looks nothing at all like typical ‘Colombian-looking’ paintings, but instead strongly reflects this cross-cultural influence.

Since I moved to New York in 2013, I have come to deeply appreciate my South American and Colombian upbringing. Through painting, I integrate memory, experience and imagination into work that recognizes the humor, connection and loss in everyday life.


2015     MFA in Painting – New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2012     Master in Visual Art with Graphic Expression Emphasis – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogota, Colombia


2018    Fragmenticos, Gitler &___ Gallery. Harlem, New York, USA

2017    Twenty Nine Primaveras, ZieherSmith Gallery. Chelsea, New York, USA

2016    Salpicón con Ñapa, Gitler & ___ Gallery. Harlem, New York, USA

Games People Play, BRAS Gallery. Brooklyn, NY, USA

2013     EXPOSICIÓN – Esteban Ocampo Giraldo, Taller Abierto Gallery. Manizales, Colombia

2012     Reductions, Casatinta Gallery. Bogota, ColombiA


2018    Sugarlift Gallery at Art On Paper Art Fair. Armory Week, NY, USA

2017    ZieherSmith Gallery at UNTITLED Art Fair. MIAMI Art Basel week. Miami, USA

Power of Silence, Art Lines Gallery. Hackensack, NJ, USA

1st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Wausau, WI, USA

About Face, Southampton Arts Center. Southampton, NY, USA

ZieherSmith Gallery at VOLTA 13, Basel’s art fair for international positions. Basel, Switzerland

Sugarlift Open Studios, Sugarlift Gallery. Tribeca, New York, USA

2016     The Oasis, Gitler & ___ Gallery. Harlem, New York, USA

Most Imaginative Bartender (Bombay Sapphire). Agora Gallery. Chelsea, New York, USA

Me and my ArrowZieherSmith Gallery. Chelsea, New York, USA

(mis)understanding, Outer Room Nomad Gallery, Iron Station Gallery and Bar. New York, USA

Art New York – New york Academy of Art’s Booth, Pier 94 Booth 9B. New York, USA

2015     Urban Art meets Global Art, Global Art meets Urban Art, Scott H. Kaplan’02 Gallery, Bloomfield College. NJ, USA

Dear You, Field Projects Gallery, Chelsea. New York, USA

Mementos, Panepinto Galleries at 70 Columbus Penthouses. NJ, USA

My Favorite Things, Panepinto Galleries at W Hotel Hoboken. NJ, USA

2014     Figure Outing, Schloss Machern. Machern, Germany Leipzig International Art Program

Summer Show, Spinnerei. Leipzig, Germany

Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art. New York, USA 2013

2012     Emerging Figures, Rojo Galería. Bogota, Colombia

According To Them, 89 ne 27 st. Wynwood. Miami, USA

Four Doors, Galería Mezzanine. Bogota, Colombia

3rd Yavería Festival, La Galería. Bogota, Colombia

MANIMAL, The Warehouse Art Gallery. Bogota, Colombia

2011     M127, M127 Mall. Bogotá, Colombia

Alterna Show, Downtown Bogota. Bogota, Colombia

1st Faber-Castell National Drawing Contest, Bogota – Museum of Contemporary Art. Bogota, Colombia

2010     Rumores, La Residencia. Bogota, Colombia

PECHAKUCHA Night Vol. 7, Pontifica Universidad Javeriana. Bogota, Colombia

1st Bogota’s Printmaking Fair, Casa 15-16. Bogota, Colombia

1st Salon Interuniversitario, ASAB Exhibitions Room . Bogota, Colombia

1st Yaveria Festival, ¼ de Arte Galería. Bogota, Colombia

2009     Cuadernos Cecilia, Launch Show. Sao Paulo, Brasil


2017     Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

3rd Place – 1st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Wausau, WI, USA

100 W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX, USA

2016     Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

2015     Chubb Fellow, New York Academy of Art, 2015 – 2016. New York, USA

National Academy Abroad Summer 2015 – The Boris Lurie Art Foundation Scholarship, July – August. Italy

2014     LIA – Leipzig International Art Programme, June – August 2014. Leipzig, Germany

2012     2nd Place, 1st Faber-Castell National Drawing Contest, Universities. Bogota Museum of Contemporary Art. Bogota, Colombia


2018    Artmazemag #7. USA

2016     New American paintings #123. USA

2015     (t) here Magazine, Issue #14. New York, NY

H.O.W Journal, Issue #11 – Fall Issue. New York, NY

New York – Leipzig, Art Calendar published by Zweitauseneins, Leipzig, Germany

2014      THE PARADOX, Online Magazine Issue #2. Bogota, Colombia

2013     Jorge Eliecer Gaitán Campaign’s Illustrations. “ROA” Film.

2012     Index Design, Shock Magazine, Edition 202 October, p.2

2009     Cuadernos Cecilia,  Online Magazine Issue #1. Sao Paulo, Brasil