Heriberto Cogollo, Colombian (1945 - )

Heriberto Cogollo

Established Colombian artist, Heriberto Cogollo is one of the best known Latin American figurative painters and printmakers.

Regarded as one of the most important contemporary Latin American artists, Heriberto Cogollo creates powerful, meticulously rendered compositions – primarily nudes and horses – set in mysterious, surrealistic settings. His oils and prints have been exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the Americas and Europe.

In the precisely painted figuarative compositions of Heriberto Cogollo his subjects, predominatly male and female nudes and horses, are placed in a vareity of different locations to imbue them with a specific and poectic actuality outside the of pure painterly invesitgation. As he explores the diveresity of anatomical structures and surface textures found in the human and animal body, he contrast his figures against the landscape interiors, and other familiar places. This situates them in time and place, where they pose as passive models for the artist's brush, gazing outward for the viewer approval. Artist, model viewer, and background are forced into a strange relationship taht is confusing and visually disorienting.

Timeline:

Heriberto CUADRADO COGOLLO was born in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) on September 29th – 1945.

1957
1961  - Studies at the Cartagena de Indias Academy of Fine
            Arts.

1960
1963 – He realizes many portraits during this period and
           becomes a member of the group  « Los 15 ».

1964 – He is awarded a grant for Europe.

1964
1965 – Takes residence in Madrid (Spain). Follows as an auditor
           the art classes at the San Fernando School.

1966 – Moves to Paris (France).

1970 – While collaborating with the French editor Georges Visat,
           he makes friends with the famous surrealist painter
           Roberto Matta who suggests that he chooses his
           mother’s name – COGOLLO – to sign his paintings.
           During this same period he is befriended by the poet
           José Pierre who later on, in 1973, will write the preface
           of his first catalogue.

1973 – His first individual exhibition The World of a Nohor is put
           on by the Parisian art gallery Suzanne Visat. Two
           important encounters mark this event, the first being the
           start of a long friendly collaboration with two more poets
           Ted Joans and Joyce Mansour. The second being the
           meeting with the French publisher/collector Daniel
           Filipacchi.

1975 – In parallel to his painter activities, he begins his long
           and successful illustrator career, under his father’s
           name – CUADRADO – collaborating mainly with Lui and
          Playboy, both monthly magazines published by
           Filipacchi.

1977 – Release of a boxed set limited edition entitled Cogollo
          Caniculaire, consisting of a series of lithographs along
           with poems by Ted Joans and Joyce Mansour.

1977
1988 – During these years, Cogollo’s illustrations spread from
           magazines like Pilote (several signed front covers) to
           weekly’s – Expansion, Le Nouvel Observateur – and on to
           working for well known editors such as Gallimard, Albin
           Michel. He also lends his brush to the world of cinema,
           music and non-profit organizations making posters for :
           Aïnama – Salsa pour Goldman (a documentary directed 
           by Franck Cassenti), the 1983 European Tour of Fela  
           and the Amnesty International ad campaign of the same
           year… just to name a few.

1983
2008 – He is a founder member of the group Magie-Image, a
           collection of artists, the majority being of Latin-
           American origin. During all these years, the group will
           put on exhibitions in various museums in France, Spain,
           USA and Guatemala.

1988
1989 – He records, with the Magie-Image group, a series of 
           conversations with the painter Roberto Matta. At this
           occasion, Matta introduces him to the American gallery 
           owner Thomas R. Monahan.

1991 – Opening of the exhibition entitled « Cogollo » at the  
           Thomas R. Monahan gallery in Chicago (USA).

1991
1995 – He collaborates on various exhibitions and art fairs with
           the Thomas R. Monahan gallery.

1996 – He begins his collaboration with the George N. Nader
           gallery in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).

1996
2010 – He participates in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in
           collaboration with the George N. Nader gallery.

1996
2000 – Returns to Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) where he
           continues to paint and gives a series of classes in the 
           Fine Arts School.

1999 – Commissioned to create the poster for the Carnival Los
           Cabildos de Cartagena.

1999 – Some of his pieces dating from his surrealistic period are
           exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New-York on
           the occasion of the « Private Eyes – the Nesuhi Ertegun
           and Daniel Filipacchi collections »exhibition.

2000 – Present. Comes back to Europe. He is now living and  
           painting in the town of Montpellier( South of France).

Artist's Statement:

For me painting is vital, it is the way in which I express myself.  With the language of imagery, I investigate the obscure worlds that lay deep within. My goal is to extract, give shape and ultimately present my personal narrative of life.

From early childhood, the sounds, sensations and visions that I experienced became forever inscribed in my subconscious. I draw upon this raw material to organize, create and express. And if an image precedes an action or thought, the most natural thing for me is to translate that initial impulse, the image, onto canvas. The alchemy of the Old Masters guides me in my attempts to translate these images in my mind…the mysterious light in the work of Caravaggio, the magic in a Rembrandt, the pictorial synthesis of Velasquez. Each time I begin to form an idea, I try to do so with the maximum rigor that the subject requires, to be clear and explicit: to make real what I imagine, to create a timeless image.

All the images inside of me are silent. They quietly make their way from my mind onto paper and finally take shape on canvas. I could say that silence is what I paint. For me, the real subject is not the one that is seen, but rather the feeling that overtakes me during its elaboration. It is my intention to convey this moment of bliss to the viewer, to reveal my own silent astonishment.

Exhibitions

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2015 – Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena (Colombia)

2015 – Museo histórico de Cartagena (Colombia)

2015 – La Institución Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias
           de Bolivar – Homenaje al Maestro Heriberto Cogollo –
           Reconocimiento al Grupo de los 15.

2005 – Artbo – Feria International de Arte – Bogotà
           (Colombia)

2002 – Art Miami – George Nader Gallery –  Miami
           (USA)

2001 – Gary Nader – Fine Art – Coral Gables – Miami
           (USA)

2001 – George Nader Latinamerican Art-Santo
           Domingo (Repùblica Dominicana)

1999 – Museo de Arte Moderno – Cartagena de Indias
           (Colombia)

1996 – George Nader Latinamerican Art – Galerìa de
           Arte Nader – Santo Domingo (Repùblica  
           Dominicana)

1995 – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Chicago (USA)

1994 – Sindin Galleries – New York (USA)

1993 – FIART Bogotà - Gallery Thomas R. Monahan  
           (Colombia)

1993 – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Chicago (USA)

1992 – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Chicago (USA)

1991 – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Chicago (USA)

1985 – Galerìa Arte Autopista – Medellìn (Colombia)

1978 – Librairie Art et Culture – Paris (France)

1977 – Galerie Studio S. – Roma (talia)

1975 – Galerìa Esedé – Bogotà (Colombia)

1974 – Galerie Studio S. – Roma (Italia)

1973 – Galerie Suzanne Visat – Paris (France)

1965 – Galerìa La Paleta – Madrid (España)

1964 – Galerìa Arco Iris – Cartagena de Indias 
           (Colombia)

1964 – Galerìa Don Benito – Cartagena de Indias 
           (Colombia)

1964 – Galerìa El Retablo – Medellìn  (Colombia)

1963 – Palacio de la Inquisiciòn – Cartagena de Indias
           (Colombia)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 – Les Surréalistes Paris 1920-1990 - Crypte Sainte-Eugénie – Biarritz (France) 

2012 – Galeria Francisco Nader – Santo Domingo (Repùblica Dominicana)

2011 – Galeria Habitante – Panamà City

2010 – Exposiciòn America latina « El Colectivo » 1810-2010 – Paris Cité Internationale

2008 – Shanghai Art Fair – Latin American Pavillon – Shanghai Mart (China)

2008 – Dubay Art Fair – Latin American Pavillon Dubay (The United Arab
            Emirates
2007 – Colombie Passion – Maison des relations internationales – Montpellier (France)

2007 – Collection Villegas – Santo Domingo (Repùblica Dominicana)

2007 – « Matices del Caribe » - Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo 
            (Repùblica  Dominicana)

2007 – Trenta y cinco Aniversario de la Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo
           (Repùblica Dominicana)

2007 – « Pequeños Formatos » - Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo  
            (Repùblica Dominicana)

2006 – « A Praga Maravilhosa » - Museu da Àgua – Lisboa (Portugal)

2006 – Neorealismo Latinoamericano – Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo
           (Repùblica Dominicana)

2005 – FIART Bogotà - Galerìa George Nader (Colombia)

2004 – Art Fair Miami – Gallery George Nader - Miami (USA)

2003 – Art Fair Santa Fè - Gallery George Nader - Santa Fè (USA)

2003 – Art Fair Miami – Miami - Gallery George Nader - Miami (USA)

2002 – Palais Rihour – « Les Méridiennes » - Lille (France)

2002 – Art Fair Miami – International Art Exhibition – Gallery George Nader -
           Convention Center – Miami – Beach (USA)

2002 – Arte Contemporàneo – George Nader Latinamerican Art – Marina Chayòn
           – La Romana (Repùblica Dominicana)

1999 – Art Fair Miami 99 – George Nader Latinamerican Art – Miami (USA)

1999 – Palm Beach Art 99 – George Nader Latinamerican Art (USA)

1998 – Forma y Color de 15 Figurativos – Galeria George Nader – Santo Domingo
           (Repùblica Dominicana)

1998 – Forma y Color de 15 Figurativos – Gobernaciòn de Cundinamarca –
           Bogotà (Colombia)

1997 – Historical Museum of South Florida – Contemporary Artist Latinamerican
           – Miami (USA)

1997 – Maestros Costeños de la Pintura – Biblioteca Fernandez Madrid –
           Universidad de Cartagena – Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)

1997 – « Ars Longa » - Museo Naval del Caribe – Cartagena de Indias –
           (Colombia)

1997 – Maestros Latinoamericanos – Cumbre de Presidentes Centroamericanos y    
           Belices – Galerìa George Nader – Hotel V Centenario – Santo Domingo
           (Repùblica Dominicana)

1997 – Feria de Arte de Milano – Milano (Italia)

1997 – Feria de Arte Contemporaneo – George Nader Latinamerican Art – Caracas
           (Venezuela)

1997 – Gary Nader Fine Art – Auction – Miami (USA)

1996 – Maestros Latinoamericanos – Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo
           (Repùblic Dominicana)

1996 – « Mirarte « - George Nader Latinamerican Art – Bogotà  (Colombia)

1995 – Sala de Arte  Latinoamericano – Galerìa George Nader – Santo Domingo 
           (Repùblica  Dominicana)

1994 – « Art – Ba » - Galerìa Thomas R. Monahan – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

1994 – Art Fair Miami – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Miami (USA)

1993 – Feria de Arte de Caracas – Galerìa Thomas R. Monahan – Caracas –
           (Venezuela)

1993 – 1ère Triennale des Amériques – Maubeuge (France)

1992 – Art Fair Chicago – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Chicago (USA)

1992 – « Expressions Actuelles d’Amérique Latine » - Nanterre (France)

1992 – Weiss & Sori Fine Art – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Miami (USA)

1992 – « Contemporary Colombian Painters » - Queens Museum – New York
           (USA)

1992 – Art Fair Miami – Gallery Thomas R. Monahan – Miami (USA)

1991 – FIART Bogotà – Galerìa Thomas R. Monahan – Bogotà  (Colombia)

1986 – « Giovani e Maestri » - Eure – Roma (Italia)

1986 – Biennale Internationale des Arts – Nogent sur Seine (France)

1986 – « Démons et Merveilles » - Vitry sur Seine (France)

1985 – « Espoir Colombie – Mexique » - Maison de l’Amérique Latine – Paris 
           (France)

1985 –  C.A.C. d’Angoulême « Tropicos » - Angoulême (France)

1984 – Pintores Latinoamericanos – La Casa de las Americas – La Habana (Cuba)

1984 – « Images à la Page » - Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris (France)

1984 – « Point de Beauté » -Art Conseil - Philippe Debarge – Paris (France)

1984 – Bienal Pedro Domecq – Ciudad de Mejico (Mejico)

1984 – L’Espace Latinoaméricain à La Rochelle – La Rochelle (France)

1984 – « Confrontation » - Galerie Art Conseil – Paris (France)

1984 – « Amérives » - Centre Culturel du Mexique – Paris (France)

1984 – Primera Bienal Latinoamericana – La Habana (Cuba)

1983 – « 100 Artistes de l’Amérique Latine » - Compiègne (France)

1983 – 11ème Anniversaire de l’Espace Latinoaméricain – Paris (France)

1982 – « L’Amérique Latine à Paris » - Grand Palais – Paris (France)

1981 – « Panorama Artìstico Colombiano » - Galerìa El Callejòn – Bogotà 
             (Colombia)

1981 – « Permanence du regard surréaliste » - ELAC – Lyon (France)

1981 – Primera Menciòn en Dibujo – IV Bienal Americana de Artes Gràficas – Calì
           (Colombia)

1981 – Gallery Bel’Art – Stockholm (Sweden)

1981 – Gallery Myrko – Malmö (Sweden)

1981 – « Peintres et Sculpteurs d’Amérique Latine » - Hôtel de Ville d’Arcueil
            (France)

1979 – « Arte d’Amore » - Studio S – Roma ( Italia)

1979 – Arts Plastiques & Graphiques – « XXème Anniversaire de la Révolution
           Cubaine » - UNESCO – Paris (France)

1978 – Peintres d’Amérique Latine – MJC de Saint-Maur (France)

1977 – Fondation des Arts Plastiques & Graphiques – Paris (France)

1977 – Museum of Modern Art – San Francisco (USA)

1977 – Museo de Arte Moderno de Caracas – Caracas (Venezuela)

1977 – « Art Fantastique Contemporain » - Tours (France)

1976 – Exposition Prix Nichido – Galerie Nichido – Paris & Tokyo (France et
           Japon)

1976 – « Peintres Colombiens à Paris » - Centre du Café de Colombie - Paris –   
           (France)

1976 – Masques et Visages d’Amérique Latine – Galerie des Grands Augustins –
            Paris  (France)

1976 – Hommage au « Paysan de Paris » - Paris (France)

1976 – « 5x7 » - Galerie M.France Bourely – Paris (France)

1975 – 7ème Festival International de la Peinture – Cagnes-sur-Mer (France)

1975 – « Armes et Bagages » - Galerie Verriere – Lyon (France)

1973 – Le Fantastique Contemporain – Galerie de l’Université – Paris (France)

1973 – Tercera Bienal de Arte Coltejer – Medellìn (Colombia)

1972 – « 25 manières d’être … surréaliste » - Philippe Gaucherand – Paris
           (France)

1972 – « 54 imprimés recommandés » - Galerie Suzanne Visat – Paris (France)

1971 – Inauguration – Galerie Suzanne Visat – Paris (France)

1968 – Festiche Ouvertüre des Hauses L7-6a – Mannheim (West Germany)

1966 – Divergenzen 66 – Mannheim (West Germany)

1963 – Salòn de Pintores Contemporàneos – San Andrès Islas (Colombia)

1961 – Salòn de Pintores Jòvenes – Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)

1960 – Salòn de la Extensiòn Cultural – Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)



Representing Galleries  


Colombia

 Luis Perez Galeria, Santafé de Bogota

Public Collections


Colombia

 Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango - Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Santafé de Bogota

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