I explore ideas of hybridity, violence, memory and visibility through traditional and non-traditional use of drawing. Different strategies are employed in my creative process in order to subordinate the contradictory into a delicate and imaginative order. The approaches may vary, but the banana fruit as well as Victorian ornamentation remain vital in my recent creative process.
Through a series of large scale charcoal drawings I explore ornamentation and its role in contemporary culture. Victorian style elements (such as chandeliers, mirrors and lamps), reminiscent of a colonial past, proliferate from banana bunches, alluding to a tragic and violent history in a “Banana Republic” such as Colombia. These hybrid images attempt to evidence the complicit and amnesic nature of ornamentation and its relationship to tragedy.
Artist Bio / CV
Gonzalo Fuenmayor is a Colombian artist currently based in Miami,FL. He received his MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA in 2004, and a BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education from School of Visual Arts in 2000, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from the Keith Haring Foundation. His drawings are included in the Flat Files of the Drawing Center, and has been awarded numerous awards including the Stacey Sussman Travelling Award in 2000, Silas Rhodes Family Award in 2000, and recently in 2007, an Honorable Mention from Premio Fernando Botero. Gonzalo Fuenmayor has exhibited in solo and group shows in the USA, Colombia as well as in Europe; recently he participated at “Laberintos” Group Show at Galeria MUNDO in Bogota, COL, as well as representing Colombia at the V International Biennial of Standards at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, MX in 2008. He just had an exhibition at the Project Space of Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami.