High Tide #5 - Oil and ultraviolet inkjet print on linen

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  • Artist Colon Nico
  • Category Abstract paintings
  • Creation year 2014
  • Dimensions 129.5 x 188 cm
  • Technique Oil and ultraviolet inkjet print on linen
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    “When I was in art school, making art with your hands or from a personal perspective was not popular,” says mixed-media artist Nico Colón, who moved to Mexico City in 2013 from his native San Francisco. “I felt the need to challenge these assumptions, and being here has helped me create a mode of production of my own.” Living in the Mexican capital, Colón began to print impressions of large tropical leaves he found in flower markets onto linen. Later he added additional layers with references to Mexican art history and Pop culture. This includes outlines of watermelons inspired by Rufino Tamayo, a famous Modernist Oaxaquenian painter and Speedy Gonzalez inverted figures reminiscent of Georg Baselitz neo-expressionist's moves. Through the power of suggestive abstraction, the artist conceptualizes the energy of the sea and ocean, depicting endless tides which seem to appear to the viewer only upon closer contemplation. And just like the traits of water itself, the artist builds layers upon layers with meticulous use of deep blue to pale, green, grey and light salmon. It could be said that the meaning of Colon’s work can be found somewhere between the beauty of water and the force of the tide. This is the aesthetics that lies at the core of the series of paintings, which connect the contemporary and the ancient.

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Colon Nico

Nico Colon was born in 1982 and is an inspiring contemporary artist living and working in Mexico City. He has acquired a BFA in Sculpture/Media Art from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. In 2010, the artist received a New York Studio Fellowship Grant, California College of the Art (San Francisco), as well as Leonard & Bella Feldman Endowed Scholarship, California College of the Art (San Francisco).
Nico Colón’s practice spans painting, sculpture, sound and print making as well as collaborative interventions and curatorial projects. Through these varied gestures, he explores questions of authorship and display, creating playful encounters and negotiations that engage contemporary notions of circulation, consumption and the politics of technological development. He has exhibited through the U.S. and Europe, most recently with solo shows in New York and Milan. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

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