Voices: Camilo Restrepo

portrait of a man staring straight forward

Camilo Restrepo

Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 1pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Camilo Restrepo’s work stems from dealing with two types of violence: the uncontrollable and repetitive fights that are played in our heads, which often lead to severe anxiety and inner suffering; and the disastrous outcomes of the so-called “War on Drugs” in Colombia. It is these two utopias —an individual free of mistakes and a society free of vices—, which are rooted in notions of perfection and strengthened by vicious cycles, that the artist is interested in dismantling in his drawings.


Restrepo’s talk will focus on the artist’s personal experiences while completing an MFA in the United States–which dramatically affected his life and art practice–and their connections to violent past events, psychotherapy and psychiatry, and the artist’s chosen materials and procedures.


Camilo Restrepo (1973, Medellin) studied Mechanical Engineering (1991-1996), earned a Master’s degree in aesthetics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2008) and an MFA from CalArts (2013). He has had solo exhibitions in Colombia and in the United States. In 2010, Restrepo obtained a Fulbright Grant and was nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero, the most important prize in Colombia for artists over 35. His book La Foto de Identidad. Fragmentos para una Estética and his monograph Alias were published in 2002 and 2019 respectively. Restrepo’s work has been featured in books such as History of Photography in Colombia 1950-2000, Contemporary Art Colombia and Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing.