Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1962, Federico Uribe currently lives and works in Miami. His artwork resists classification, and emerges from intertwining everyday objects in surprising ways that maintain a formal reference to art history.
Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, and in 1988 he left for New York to pursue an MFA degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer. After receiving his degree, he left New York to study and work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England, and finally Miami.
Initially, his formation began as a painter with sensual and brooding canvases, representing the pain of his youth. In 1996, Uribe abandoned his paintbrushes and canvases in favor of his growing attraction to alternative media objects. He began to carefully observe them, collect them, juxtapose them, and combine them. They became unusual instruments of a new aesthetic, full of color, irony, and lively playfulness.
Uribe creates sculptures that are constructed in curious, unpredictable, and almost compulsive ways. They follow the classical canons of figurative and abstract art, but the results are unique and whimsical. When observed closely, his works reveal various kinds of interpretations; they tempt us to touch them, to discover the detail and connection between one element and another. When viewed from further away, they offer volumes, forms, textures, and color. Distance, proximity, and perception are key factors in the interconnection between Uribe’s work and its viewers.