Gustavo Vélez

“A clear harmony, where two movements meet, this is figurative abstraction.”

Gustavo Vélez (B. 1975) was born in Medellín, Colombia where he began his studies in art. After graduating from the Bellas Artes Institute and Eladio Velez Art School, Itaguí, he continued his education in the Lorenzo de’ Medici Art Institute in Florence (Italy), and concluded his studies at the workshops in Pietrasanta, Italy. The artist currently divides his time between Pietrasanta, New York (USA) and Medellín (Colombia). (Read More)

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Vélez has achieved international acclaim, successfully entering all branches of the art market, including Asia, the Americas, and Europe. In the last ten years he’s had various solo and collective exhibitions all over the world including Museum of the Imperial City of Beijing; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama; Contemporary Museum of Guayaquil, Ecuador; Museum of Modern Art of Cuenca, Ecuador; Museum of Modern Art of Quito, Ecuador;  and the Museum of Art of Tolima, Colombia. In 2013, the maestro was elected as the featured talent for the annual solo exhibit in Pietrasanta, Italy. The history of the event features artists such as Igor Mitoraj, Luciano Vanji, Fernando Botero, Kan Yasuda, among others. 

He is the youngest artist to be honored in the history of this yearly event. The exhibit Gustavo Vélez Scultore a Pietrasanta ran for three months and it spread out over the iconic Piazza del Duomo and Chiesa di Sant’Agustino, with 34 sculptures, some with weights up to 9 tons and over 7 meters in height

In 2013 Gustavo Vélez received “La Orden al Gran Caballero” from the Colombian Congress. In 2014 he was honored with “Orden de la Democracia Simón Bolívar” due to his achievements as an artist and recognition he brought to his country from overseas.

For a third consecutive year, both Sotheby’s and Phillips auction houses have included the sculptures of Vélez in their auctions of Latin American Art in New York, for which they have all attracted great interest and strong sales.



2012    Biennale of Art Panama, Panama City, Panama


Important Exhibitions

2022 – 2023    Formas y Ritmos en la Dimensión Geométrica. Museo de Arte Moderno, República Dominicana

2015 – 2016    Gustavo Vélez, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

2015    Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

2013    Gustavo Vélez Scultore a Pietrasanta, Italy

2011    Monumentalist, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, Ecuador

2010    Museo de Zhengzhou, China


Important Group Exhibitions

2018    KIAF

2016    Art Stage Singapore

Three Dimensional Artwork

2015    Homo Faber

How a Sculpture is Born

2014    Art Monaco

2012    Beijing Art Museum of Imperial City

2008    Incontro a Pietrasanta III


Permanent Collections

Governors of Tolima State Office, Colombia

Museum of Contemporary Art of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Museo dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Italy

Akaska Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Hiki Hospital, Utsunomiya, Japan

Trump Ocean Club of Panama City, Panama