Federico Uribe


Born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1962, Federico Uribe lives and works in Miami.

His works adopt a hybrid character that creates resistance to classification. Uribe is a conceptual artist resorting to the language of pop art through the use of objects of daily life, but with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art.

Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and in 1988 left for New York to study a master-of-fine-arts degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer. It was the beginning of a journey that included years of studies and work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and finally Miami.

Initially his formation began as a painter with sensual and brooding canvases influenced by his dark reflections on the Catholic sense of pain, guilt and sexuality.

In 1996, abandoning his paintbrushes and attracted by the usually neglected beauty of simple objects in daily use, he began to observe them with care, collect them, set them side by side and combine them, so that they became unusual instruments of a new aesthetic, full of color, irony and lively playfulness.

Uribe creates sculptures, which are not sculpted but constructed, and weaved, in all kinds of different ways, curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive. They follow the classics canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is absolutely unusual, whimsical, of enormous efficacy and communicability. When observed from close, his works reveal various kinds of interpretations; they invite us to touch them, to discover the detail and connection between one element and another. When viewed form further away, they offer volumes, forms, textures and color. Distance, proximity and perception are key factors in the interaction between Uribe’s work and its viewers.

Very important to Uribe, because it is a vital part of his creations is the title he gives them and that reveal his deep connections to language and literature. “Most of my work is based on words”, says Uribe, “I sometimes start with a name and look for my objects, sometimes the object makes me think of the word, and I exploit it to create a work.” A happy and sometimes disconcerting association of materials and ideas allows Uribe to put the former to the service of the latter, or the other way round, leading to metamorphoses guided by clearly defined conceptual procedures, aiming at irony and benevolent provocation.

Humor, beauty and love are essentially what remain in the memory of the viewer of Uribe’s work. For an artist who comes from a country that has been at war for almost half a century, this achievement is a way of reconciliation with life: “I have the hope,” says Uribe, “that people who relate to my sculptures and live with them, will see the love I put into them. I want people to feel that I do this with a lot of careful attention and the purpose of beauty. I give my life to my work and I want people to see it.”



2013 Hudson River Museum - “Fantasy River” - New York, USA
2013 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) - “Dos Hemisferios” - Panama, Panama.
2012 Now Contemporary Art Gallery - “Painting on a Shoe String” -Miami, USA
2012 Art Miami, Miami, USA
2012 Art Platform, LA, USA
2011 BRMA - “The World According to Federico Uribe” - Boca Raton, USA
2010 Vero Beach Museum of Art - “Metamorphosis” - Vero Beach, USA
2010 Now Contemporary Art - “Once upon a time” - Miami, USA
2010 Now Contemporary/Art Miami-“At the beginning was the word”-Miami, USA
2010 Now Contemporary/ArtBo - “Domesticada” - Bogota, Colombia
2010 Wolfsonian Museum - “Slowly but surely” - Miami Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery/ Waterfront Park - “Risk” - Palm Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery/ ArtPalmBeach - “Risk” - Palm Beach, USA
2010 Praxis Gallery / MIA - “Risk” - Miami, USA
2009 FUMI Gallery - “Federico Uribeʼs Sculptures” - London - England
2009 Praxis Gallery - “Abstract-O” - Miami, USA
2009 Chelsea Art Museum - “Pencilism” – New York, USA
2009 Oratorio San Rocco - “Human Nature” – Padova, Italy
2008 La comunidad - “Animal Farm” - Miami, USA
2007 Chelsea Art Museum - “Human Nature” – New York,USA
2006 PUMA - “Human Nature” - Miami, USA
2006 Annina Nosei Gallery / SCOPE - “Solo Show" - Miami, USA
2005 Design Miami - “Second Nature” - Miami, USA
2005 Jacob Karpio Gallery / Art Basel - “Pencil paintings“- Miami Beach, USA