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.
2015 / Adelson Galleries – “At Peace” – Boston, USA
2015 / Colombian Embassy – “TransformArt” – Washington DC, USA 2015 / Adelson Galleries – “BARCU Art Fair”
2015 / Adelson Galleries - “Art on Paper Fair” – New York, USA
2015 / Adelson Galleries - “Metro Curates Art Fair” – New York, USA 2014 / Adelson Galleries - “Miami Project Art Fair” – Miami, USA
2014 / South Florida ArtCenter - “30th Anniversary” – Miami, USA
2014 - Adelson Galleries - “Drawn in Pencils” - New York, USA
2014 - Adelson Galleries - “Objects In a Mirror” - Boston, USA
2013 - Now Contemporary Art - “The Realm Of the Unreal” - Miami, USA 2013 - Museo de Arte de Pereira - “Color Construido” - Pereira, Colombia 2013 - KM Fine Arts L.A - “Compulsive Pencil” – Los Angeles, USA
2013 - Hudson River Museum - "Fantasy River" - New York, USA
2013 - Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Panama - "Dos Hemisferios" - Panama
2012 - Art Platform - Los Angeles, USA
2012 - Now Contemporary Art - “Painting on a Shoestring” - Miami, USA
2011 - Now Contemporary Art - “Once Upon a Time” - Miami, USA
2011 - B R Museum of Art - “The World According Federico Uribe” – Boca Raton, USA 2010 - Vero Beach Museum - “Abstract-o” - Vero Beach, USA
2010 - Wolfsonian Museum - "Slowly but surely" - Miami Beach, USA
2010 - Water Front Park "Cyclic" – Palm Beach, USA
2010 - Praxis Gallery (Art Miami) - "Risk" - Miami, USA
2010 - Praxis Gallery (Art Palm Beach) - "Risk" - West Palm Beach, USA
2010 - Praxis Gallery (Waterfront park) - "Risk" - West Palm Beach, USA
2009 - Chelsea Art Museum - "Pencilism" - New York, USA
2009 - Oratorio di San Rocco - "Human Nature" - Padova, Italy
2009 - FUMI Gallery - "Sculptures by Federico Uribe" - London, UK
2009 - Praxis Gallery - "Abstract-O" - Miami, USA
2008 - La Comunidad - "Animal Farm" - Miami, USA
2007 - Chelsea Art Museum - "Human Nature" - New York, USA