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Eddy Galvis

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Eddy Galvis

I paint to live and I live to paint.

Creative PROCESS

In this photograph, I am in front of one of my paintings from the series 'Faces as Signs'. Here signs signify facial expressions and thus only faces without backgrounds occupy the scene; in some cases, the same imaginary woman serves as a recurring theme, but she may change from time to time.
My work focuses on women. Their sensual and mysterious faces; their legs and feminine bodies displayed in a seductive and liberated manner. They are, however, always portrayed in a contemplative mood.
The faces I paint are in themselves signs or signals that evoke reality without pretending to imitate it. They are indecipherable, ageless faces that seem to be suspended in time.

The resources and materials I use in my work are minimal. I prefer to use simple but accurately placed lines in conjunction with flat colors that allow the audience to reflect on women's psychological states.

About
Eddy Galvis

I have been painting ever since I was a child, and while I have always enjoyed art, I was not able to develop my talents until I reached adulthood. I was born in Bucaramanga, a small city in Colombia. From an early age, my parents had always viewed artists with disdain. As a result, they would not allow me to pursue my artistic aspirations. As an adult, however, I worked hard and persisted in my studies and managed to achieve my goals.

About my artwork

My work is about women. Their feelings, psychological states, including their ethnicity. Daily experiences that reflect multiple signs. It is composed of pictures of faces, legs and female bodies in a sensual and mysterious setting, drawn or painted in large or small formats, from which emanates an aura of serenity, deep intimacy and mystery. An enigma full of questions and questions born in the most hidden of the feminine soul stands out in their eyes.

Inspiration

Since the beginning, my work has focused on women. Women are an enigma, mysterious and clever, with a degree of maliciousness. I try to portray this with the power of the brush, forms, and colors. I create my paintings with distinct shapes that attract the audience with its visual significance. They are almost sublime, detached from everything around them, focusing only on themselves. I am inspired by observing people’s faces, especially those of women. In her eyes, you can see her pain, her sadness, her joy, or her evil intentions.

Studies

1983-1987 David Manzur Studio, Bogotá. Drawing and Painting

1987-1988 Augusto Ardila Studio, Bogotá. Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Artistic trajectory

I believe that people are born with an artistic talent that can be developed later through study, practice, and experience.
From an early age, I began to express my creativity through drawing. I started my studies in drawing and painting for five years with David Manzur at the age of 20 and made my first exhibition in 1990 at the Acosta Valencia gallery in Bogotá.
Throughout my career, I have dabbled in painting and sculpture with different techniques: charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and oil, including sculptures made from wood and paraffin.

Exhibitions & awards

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

Collab's Gallery, La Candelaria Bogotá - Dec 2019
José Juárez Museum, Chilpancingo Mexico - October 2017
House of Culture, Acapulco, Mexico - August 2017
Museum of Modern Art, Bucaramanga - June 2017
Gallery 123, El Salvador - November 2014
Ministry of Exterior Relations of El Salvador - September 2014
Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, Bogotá - January 2013
Colombo American Center, Bogotá - August 1999
Museum of Modern Art, Bucaramanga - 1998
Coffee Cultural Fund
19th Century Museum, Bogotá - 1997
Bancafé Cultural Center, Bucaramanga - 1995
"Alejandro Galvis Galvis" Cultural Center , Bucaramanga - 1995
Gallery Art Highway, Medellin - 1993
Consulate of Colombia, Miami - 1991
Acosta Gallery Valencia, Bogotá - 1990

WORKS IN INSTITUTES’ PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Museum of modern art, Bucaramanga
Museum of contemporary art, Bogotá
Cultural Fund Gabriel García Márquez, Bogotá
Residence Embassy of Mexico
Residence Embassy of Colombia, El Salvador
Banco Ganadero, Miami
Financial Corporation of Santander, Bucaramanga
Library Luis Ángel Arango - Banco de La República, Bogotá
Terpel SA, Bucaramanga
Liberal Vanguard, Bucaramanga
Coffee Cultural Fund. House-Museum of the 19th Century Industrial University of Santander, Bucaramanga
Museum of Modern Art, Bucaramanga
Museum of Contemporary Art Minuto de Dios, Bogotá
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador
Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, Bogotá
Mural in tribute to women. General Secretary of Government, Chilpancingo Mexico - 2017

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