Colombian Artist Alejandro Obregon’s Cubist Paintings
Growing up I had the pleasure of listening to my great-grandmother’s stories of how she used to hang out with the Colombian artistic elite when Barranquilla was just a young town (think 1930s). I was always fascinated by how “close” I felt to all these people and their contributions to history and culture in my country, but it was artist Alejandro Obregon who always stood out to me the most.
Although he was born in Spain, Obregon spent most of his life in Colombia, where he studied and subsequently became Director of the School of Fine Arts in Bogota in the late ’40s. Influenced by European culture, political commentary, and Andean symbols, Obregon’s art evolved with the nation that nurtured it, but it always maintained its basis on Surrealism and Cubism. His prominent works include condors as symbols of freedom and a use of vibrant colors to bring the paintings to life.
It’s certainly a great look and introduction to Latin American art, since Obregon’s work is considered a staple of Colombian talent. There are stories in his paintings that need to be heard, ones that are better understood through his masterful hand. For me though, he’s a bit more special: he’s a reminder that great artists can come from anywhere, even a small town in the coast of Colombia.