1986, Cali (Colombia)

Armando Mesias explores the portrait as a storytelling device; understanding it as a device for non-linear narrative that doesn't respond to one unique timeline. The integration of abstraction within boundaries of human features drives the audience into making sense of the 'gaps' in the figure, and create their own interpretations. 

His work is marked by a juxtaposition of contrasting visual concepts such as chromaticism and desaturation, figuration and abstraction, control and chaos, thus achieving to create pieces that seem alive and full of history and accidents. His technique develops through a free and dynamic use of colour over detailed work. First very realistic and quite figurative, his style slowly evolves towards exploring more abstract components inside his images. 

The artist constantly reminds the viewer that aesthetic research and technical exploration serve as a means for personal reflection. He wants to revive an art that is inclusive and intimate, based in impressions and emotions. Mesias’ artworks enable anyone to take part in a perceptive journey, feel intrigued and invited to discover and propose their own ideas about the artist, the artwork and, more importantly, about themselves. Every piece is a medium for a personal revelation.

 

education

Post Graduate

  • XIX Century Programe, Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona / Spain (2015 - ) 
  • Postgraduate Course - Innovation & Design Thinking, BAU, Barcelona / Spain (2015)
  • Master of Arts (MA) Illustration , University of the Arts London / UK (2013 - 2014)
  • Design Management Diploma, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano / Colombia (2010)

 

Graduate School

  • Bachelor in Industrial Design, Universidad ICESI / Colombia (2009)

High School

  • German School / Cali, Colombia (2004)

Exhibitions

2015
Cada Persona Es Un Mundo, LAC (SOLO) / Lagos, Portugal
 

2014
Kissing in Traffic / London, UK
Slow 2, Choko / Barcelona, Spain
Assembly, Chelsea College of Arts Alumni Show / London,UK
Hong Kong Contemporary 14 / Hong Kong
Camberwell Space / London, UK
MA Illustration Degree Show Camberwell College of Arts / London, UK
Merging Inks / London, UK
Cancion Cancion / Bogota, Colombia
Esta Noche No Me Esperen en la Casa / Bogota, Colombia
Pommegranate / London, UK
The Faces Project / London, UK

2013
Back Alley / Los Angeles, USA  
El Deck / Medellín, Colombia
El Garaje Galeria / Bogota, Colombia  
Color Latino / Lecheria, Venezuela  
Black Pop (SOLO) / Bogota, Colombia
Come Together / Bogota, Colombia
Rojo Bermelo / Mexico City, Mexico

2012
Puma Urban Art / Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Festival de Cine de la Habana / La Habana, Cuba
Las Puertas del Cielo / Bogota, Colombia
Los Visitantes / Mexico City, Mexico  
Rojo Bermelo / Mexico City, Mexico  
According to Them / Miami, USA  
Peppersoul / Bogota, Colombia  
Festival Marte / Medellín, Colombia  
Alegrarte Auction / Medellin, Colombia 

2011
Hablame Sin Palabras / Medellín, Colombia
Caras del Carma / Medellín, Colombia  
Hablame Sin Palabras II / Cali, Colombia 

2010
Que Es Lo Que Apasiona de Ti? / Bogota, Colombia 

 

 


imparted conferences & workshops

2015

  • Fashion Illustration & Textile Patterns, Pica / Cali, Colombia  
  • Art Direction and Concept Development for the Music Industry. Casa 969 / Bogota, Colombia
  • Art Direction and Concept Development for the Music Industry. ICESI University / Cali, Colombia

2012

  • Professional Illustration & Media (conference), Los Libertadores University / Bogota, Colombia  
  • Amateur Illustration (workshop), Rojo Bermelo Gallery / Mexico City, Mexico 

 

2011

  • Illustration & Communication (conference & workshop), Universidad ICESI / Cali, Colombia
  • Illustration & Communication (workshop & workshop), Casa Tomada / Bogota, Colombia  
  • Illustration & Communication (workshop & workshop), Multicreativa / Medellin, Colombia  
  • Illustration & Experimental Techiques (workshop), Vanilla / Medellín, Colombia