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Aníbal Vallejo (b. 1975) studied fine arts at the University of Antioquia and then fashion design in the Colombian College of Design, both in the city of Medellin. Subsequently he settled in Europe where he complemented his training as a painter in several countries: England, Spain, Italy and then moved to New York City. For more than twelve years he has participated in several exhibitions in galleries, museums and international art fairs. He currently lives and works in Medellin, Colombia.
Vallejo’s work focuses on the boundaries of painting and its possibilities. Beyond the formal and conventional techniques he wants to search new forms to be integrated into the process. His training, as a plastic artist and fashion designer, made him interested in elements outside the world of painting, which he tries to bring into the work: threads, fabrics, jewelry, industrial embroidery and especially hand embroidery that has the intimate character which reveals the true essence of things; materials that are converted into plastic elements just as valid as the oil, acrylic, graphite or charcoal. The thread acquires special force because it rescues the gesture and plasticity of it with the value added of the tridimensional. Throughout this research of techniques Vallejo looks forward to remain faithful to traditional painting.
Vallejo’s work has had solo and group exhibitions in Colombia, Denmark, US, Italy, Mexico and Spain.
He belongs to MAMM (Museum of Modern Art) and Antioquia Museum Public Collections in Colombia.
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