Aníbal Vallejo (b. 1975) studied fine arts at the University of Antioquia and then fashion design in the Colombian College of Design, both in the city of Medellin. Subsequently he settled in Europe where he complemented his training as a painter in several countries: England, Spain, Italy and then moved to New York City. For more than ten years he has participated in several exhibitions in galleries, museums and international art fairs. He currently lives and works in Medellin, Colombia.
Vallejo's work focuses on the boundaries of painting and its possibilities. Beyond the formal and conventional techniques he wants to search new forms to be integrated into the process. His training, as a plastic artist and fashion designer, made him interested in elements outside the world of painting, which he tries to bring into the work: threads, fabrics, jewelry, industrial embroidery and especially hand embroidery that has the intimate character which reveals the true essence of things; materials that are converted into plastic elements just as valid as the oil, acrylic, graphite or charcoal. The thread acquires special force because it rescues the gesture and plasticity of it with the value added of the tridimensional. Throughout this research of techniques Vallejo looks forward to remain faithful to traditional painting.
Vallejo's work has had solo and group exhibitions in Colombia, Denmark, US, Italy, Mexico and Spain.
1999 School of Fashion Design, Colombian College of Design, Medellín, Colombia.
1996 School of Arts, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
2013 “Paisaje sin lugar”, Duque Arango Gallery, Medellin, Colombia.
2012 “Hobnobbing at the Garden of Earthly Delights”, Black Square Gallery, Miami (FL), USA
2009 “About bugs and fashions among fabrics" , La Oficina Gallery, Medellín, Colombia
2008 “Is the glass half empty or half full?" Museum El Castillo, Medellín, Colombia
2013 Pulse Miami, Miami (FL), USA.
Cutlog, Paris, France.
Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2012 Context Art Miami, Miami (FL), USA.
Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston (TX), USA.
2011 Art Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA
Scope New York, New York, NY, USA
2010 ArteFiera Art First 2010, Bologna, Italy.
The Affordable Art Fair New York City, New York, NY, USA .
2007 ArtBo, Corferias, Bogotá D .C. Colombia.
2006 ArteFiera Art First 2006, Bologna, Italy.
2005 ArteFiera Art First 2005, Bologna, Italy.
2004 ArteFiera Art First 2004, Bologna, Italy.
Selected Group Shows
2013 "Sans lieu ni tête ”, Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris, France.
"La gente en la colección del museo", 35 years of the Museum, Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), Colombia.
"Latin American Art Showcase by ART 180 Degrees", ION Art Gallery, Singapore.
2012 “This room is a Cage”, tribute to John Cage, Sala U Ga llery, National University Medellin, Colombia.
2011 "Dream Catcher II" Contemporary Festival, Black Square Gallery, Miami (FL), USA).
"Colombia en Mérida ”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Yucatán, MACAY, Mérida, México .
2010 "Dorado", Vide o - Installation - Editorial, FIART (Fondo Internacional de las Artes), Madrid,Spain.
2009 “Casa de Citas”, Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.
“CORTE 50”, Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), Medellín, Colombia.
2008 “New Acquisitio ns” Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), Medellín, Colombia.
"Imagina+A Umbral Gráfico Colombiano" Museum Of Modern Art (MAMM), Medellin, Colombia.
2006 “Summer group show” Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy.
2005 “Spring Group Show” Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA.
“Small Treasures” Group Show Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy.
2004 “Summer Group Show ” Earl McGrath Gallery, New York (NY), USA .
2003 “Spring Group Show” Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy.
2002 “Endematt - Boxbarter”, Milan, Italy.
2009 “Creóle”, wall painting installation , Bonuar restaurant, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin MAMM, Colombia.
2008 “Myne Name Is Lubbert Das” wall painting Installation, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin MAMM, Colombia.
Museum of Modern Art MAMM, Medellín - Colombia.
Museum of Antioquia, Medellín - Colombia.
- "Arte Al Día International: International magazine of contemporary Latin American Art", Issue
142 Review by Camilo Chico Triana.
- “Art Amerique Latine: Aníbal Vallejo’s interview”, Misericordia Magazine, Paris, France.
- “Rise: Artist Aníbal Vallejo”, Dazed & Confused Magazine, London, England.
- “The art of embroidery satires”, Lamono Magazine Issue #67, Barcelona, España.
- “Aníbal Vallejo: Fashion and paint on a piece”, Access Magazine Latinamerica.
- “The false paradise”, newspaper El Espectador, Bogotá, Colombia.