Everyday equines transformed by artist Federico Uribe

Detail from Federico Uribe's "Donkey", made from wood and corks.
Detail from Federico Uribe’s “Donkey”, below, made from wood and corks.

Colombian artist Federico Uribe is making waves with his unique blend of art, often blending everyday items with sculpture and pop art to make one-of-a-kind pieces.

"Zebra", made from coloured pencils.
“Zebra”, made from coloured pencils.

And his dramatic equine pieces are a nod to his early life on a farm: “Horses are very familiar to me, and I loved them,” he says.

Uribe, originally from Bogota, now lives and works in Miami. He studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and in 1988 left for New York to study a master-of-fine-arts degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer.

It was the beginning of a journey that included years of studies and work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and finally Miami.

In 1996 he abandoned his paintbrushes and focused on the “usually neglected beauty” of simple objects in daily use.

Uribe creates sculptures which are not sculpted but constructed and weaved. They follow the classics canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is unusual.

"Mare", made from wood.
“Mare”, made from wood. Detail below.
Very important to Uribe, because it is a vital part of his creations is the title he gives them and that reveal his deep connections to language and literature. “Most of my work is based on words,” says Uribe, “I sometimes start with a name and look for my objects, sometimes the object makes me think of the word, and I exploit it to create a work.”

He says: “I have the hope that people who relate to my sculptures and live with them, will see the love I put into them. I want people to feel that I do this with a lot of careful attention and the purpose of beauty. I give my life to my work and I want people to see it.”

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