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Juan Felipe was born on April 9, a day remembered in the history of Bogota for having been a period of changes, not to mention the destruction, of the capital city. It can also be said that this arcane date has accompanied him to the extent that his artistic work has been marked by the same energy channeled to reaction, rupture and change with the current standards on what we should call as art.


The first of the changes was the abandon of his profession of laws because of his new dedication to the painting and the sculpture. A jump to the void taking into account his total ignorance on the subject. But powerful intuitions sometimes drag us to the fulfillment on the irresolute task of art. His work embodies an explicit and plastic manifesto in favor of contemporary Symbolist art. An artistic subject that has been displaced from the current scenarios by an art that, unlike the symbolic depth, is based on the surface where it develops within the market and official places without questioning the ontological basis of the human being and makes light their pretensions for not disturbing too much the status quo.


His work has a thread that can be traced back to the remote ancient art and into evolution of the various histories of art. But not only in its technical dimension nor in the figurative representation of the human form. No. If we recognize in the past an use of art that goes far beyond simplistic aesthetic stimulation and that is linked to the contexts where the symbolic articulates, stimulates and inspires artistic expressions and around them, in turn, the Acts of communities and individuals make sense, it is possible to understand how difficult is today consider art as a true horizon of meaning and not just a form of production in the already overabundant production of things brought to the world by man. Art would be that old door open to dimensions of reality but which are renewed by the work of artists who turn away from the path for art can be by itself.


The open door by his work tries to symbolically solve the tension between ubiquity, that is, the attribute that establishes the omnipresence of the divine, and the particular place of art in that totality. This approach develops within and outside the margins of the main spiritual traditions, in whose postulates the Principle of unmanifested Reality, the absolute spirit, can not be reduced to any form and yet, because its omnipresence, it can not be separated from the phenomena world and the particular forms. It is when the symbolic art appears, and it plays an unknown relevance solving today - as ever - the paradox between the part and the whole.  The symbol understood as the very experience of the unity that ultimately represents, can only be the carnal portal to intangible mystery that destroys the differences.


This is why Juan Felipe uses multiple symbolic ways that lead to an equal multiplicity of symbolic experiences. The composition, the use of colors, postures, themes, geometric elements; All converge to provoke in the spectator the experience before said: the unify . The art, thus, regains the power to say what surpasses language; earns for itself the silence that overflows with meaning.


In the experience of the mystical symbology there are also essential questions for humanity. Philosophical problems that surpass the issues linked with the short biography of the author and whose responsability of give them answer lies in each individual . We speak of space, time, impermanence, god, the place of man in the cosmos and the participation of nonhuman forces in the life of men, etc., to mention some.


Juan Felipe uses mandalas, Greco-latin, hindu and norse gods, virgins and angels with the sole purpose of exploring the infinite answers within the time and with the limitations of a plastic work that is barely in its first layer.







November 2014, Collective exhibition "Sanación a través del Arte " Galería Zona L, Bogotá.





May 2015, Individual exhibition "Luz y sombra" Antonio Rocha Alvira Library - Rosario University - Sede claustro, Bogotá.


September 2015, Individual exhibition "Luz y Sombra" Quinta de Mutis Library  - Rosario University - Bogota.


November 2015, Collective exhibition Inexactos positivos. Gallery Casa Tinta.





April 2016 BAT Regional Hall of Popular Art. Collective exhibition Colombia pluridiversa.


September 2016. Inexactos efectivos. Collective exhibition. Antigua Galeria La Localidad


September 2016. 'Hermanos'. Collective exhibition.  Santo Tomas University.





March 2017. II Encuentro Internacional MAI COLOMBIA. Collective exhibition. Casa delegada de Nariño. Bogotá


May 2017.Color metaphor. Collective Exhibition. Casa delegada de Nariño. Bogotá


May 2017. International Art Exchange. Collective exhibition. Gramado, Brasil