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.

MEDIA & PROJECTS

2019
Award Fair Saturday ad honorem 2019| Fair Saturday Foundation | Bilbao | Spain.
Exceptional women: the value of an opportunity | BBVA Microfinance Foundation | Madrid | Spain.
Jury 10th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain.
Karl V | Scenery, Costumes & Vdeoart | Bayerische Staatsopera | München |Germany.
Project Rembrandt | NTR, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.
Jury 11th Certamen Nacional de Pintura Parlamento de La Rioja | La Rioja | Spain.

2018
Award Personaje del Año Fuera de Serie 2018, category Art, El Mundo | Madrid | Spain.

2017
Crónicas: Lita Cabellut, el lenguaje de los colores | RTVE, Spanisch Public Broadcaster | Spain.
Le Siège de Corinthe |Rossini opera Festival | Pesaro | Italy
Close Up: Lita Cabellut, Beauty above all | AVROTROS, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.

2015
Jury 5th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
Bienal | Schloss Oraniembaum | Oraniembaum | Germany

2019
8th Beijing International Art Biennale |Hispano American hall – National Museum of Art (NAMOC) | Pekín | China.
Naakt of bloot? | Museum Jan Cunen | Oss | The Netherlands.
La Victora del Silencio | Museo Goya | Zaragoza | Spain(Solo).

2018
The Rossini Project | Documentationcentre German Sinti en Roma | Berlin | Germany.
A Chronicle of the infinite | Museum Jan van der Togt| Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
MASTERLY The Hague | Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder | The Hague |The Netherlands.
Charlie Chaplin – A Vision | YUZ Museum Shanghai | China.
Testimonio| Centro Cultural Cascais| Cascais | Portugal.
Mujeres Artistas Hoy| Museo Europeo d’Art Modern | Barcelona | Spain.

2017-2018
Testimonio| Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenos | A Coruña | Spain.
Retrospective | Espais Volart – Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona |Spain.

2015-2016
The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015| Pivot Centre for Art + Culture | Seattle| USA.

2015
Disturbance | Museum Jan van der Togt | Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Lalit Kala A kademi | New Delhi | India.
Trilogy of Truth | MEAM Museu Europeu d’Art Modern| Barcelona| Spain.
Blind Mirror |Hälsinglands Museum| Hudiksvall | Sweden.
Trilogy of Doubt | Mac’S Museo Arte Contemporanea |Catania | Italy.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | CSMVS (former Prince of Wales Museum) |Bombay| India.

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | State Visit Okura Hotel | Tokyo | Japan.
100 Masterpieces | Seoul Art Centre | Seoul | South Korea.
Here to Stay | Kunststation Kleinsassen | Berlin | Germany.

2013
Trilogy of Doubt | Het Noordbrabants Museum | Bolduque | The Netherlands.
Trilogy of Doubt | Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona| Spain.
Me, you and Others | The Finnish Labour Museum | Werstas | Finland

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
A Chronicle of the infinite | Opera Gallery | NY | USA. (solo show).
Lita Cabellut in Seoul | Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea. (solo show).

2017
Army of Poets | Opera Gallery | Paris | France / Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2016
Fairy Flowers | Opera Gallery | Beirut | Lebanon (solo show).
Colour of Dew | Opera Gallery, Dubai | Dubai (solo show).
One Artist | Art Karlsruhe | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).

2015
Impulse | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Opera Gallery | Paris |France (solo show).
Starcatcher| Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea.

2013
Hidden Dreams | The Moscow World Fine Art Fair | Opera Gallery | Moscow |Russia.
Dried Tear | Opera Gallery | Singapore | Singapore (solo show).
Behind the Curtains | Opera Gallery | Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2012
After the Show | Galerie Terminus, Munich | Germany (solo show).
Portrait of Human knowledge | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).
Memories Wrapped in Gold Paper | Opera Gallery | Dubai | Dubai (solo show).

2011
Coco: The Testimony of Black and White | Opera Gallery | Paris | France (solo show).
Camarón | Galerie Kai Dikhas | Berlin | Germany (solo show).
La Perla Negra | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2010
Madness and Reason | Bill Lowe Gallery | Atlanta| USA (solo show).
One Man Show | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).