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date: 21 September 2019

Obregón, Roberto locked

(b Barranquilla, 1946).
  • Ana Tapias

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(b Barranquilla, 1946).

Venezuelan painter and photographer of Columbian birth. He studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Julio Arraga, Maracaibo. He had his first one-man show in the Centro de Bellas Artes in Maracaibo (1964) and his second at Galería 22 in Caracas (1967). Obregón began working when official support in Venezuela for kinetic art was at its height. He thus seemed an isolated figure as he sought to make a symbolic, conceptual rediscovery of the Venezuelan landscape through two series of photographs tracing the ridge of El Avila Hill, Caracas, from dawn to dusk. In 1978 the Sala Mendoza mounted his exhibition El agua como cielo, and in the early 1980s the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas mounted Veinte disecciones. This exhibition, and another organized in 1988 by the Galería Sotavento, Caracas, was based on Obregón’s studies of the rose, which included watercolours and collages, as well as large-scale works on black linoleum in the style of negatives, all depicting the petals of a rose movingly but simply and without colour....

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