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Natalia Vega

(b Pitalito, Huila, Jan 5, 1957).

Colombian painter. Salas has been recognized for his contribution to the regeneration of expressionist painting especially by expanding the reaches of abstract painting through the incorporation of context and a personal narrative.

Salas studied architecture at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá; from 1982 he devoted himself to painting and moved to Paris where he lived until 1987. He studied at Ecole de Beaux-Arts where he participated in an exhibition with fellow Colombian students (1984) and later on, in 1988, in the exhibition Doce Mundos Colombianos at the 39th Salon de la Jeune Peinture at Petit Palais and several cities in Colombia. He began exhibiting in Colombia in 1987 and participated in institutional events such as Salón Nacional (1990), which were followed by other exhibitions in Venezuela and Costa Rica. His works, constructed by the assemblage of square paintings of diverse sizes, and multiple superimposed layers of painting and marks, which stressed their physical and structural qualities, soon gained recognition and positioned him as a solid and articulate exponent of abstract painting. He was supported by critics who highlighted the formal constructive and coloristic aspects of his work; the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá organized a retrospective exhibition in ...