Juan Pablo Vergara Galvis
Dpto. Biología Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1981
I was born in Bogotá-Colombia (Northern South America) One of the most biodiverse places in the world.Maybe for this reason, I studied Biology and Fine Arts.For more than twenty years I have been illustrating for several specialized and general audience publications in Colombia: Bogotá's Botanical Garden, Colombia's National University's Natural Science Institute, Andrés Bello Pact, El Tiempo Newspaper, among many other ones. I have exhibited in Colombia, Cuba and Perú. I coordinated two botanical illustration contests. The first one, inside the 8th latin American Botanical Congress at Cartagena de Indias-Colombia in 2002.The second one: a national contest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "José Celestino Mutis" Bogotá's Botanical Garden foundation in 2005. Since 2001, I have been teaching botanical and zoological drawing mainly for biology and ecology students. I created the "Virtual Scientific Illustration Comunity", which is related with the CHM. United Nations Clearing House Mechanism and in Colombia is managed by the Alexander Von Humboldt Institute. Also, I have traveled giving lectures on scientific illustration history and workshops about botanical drawing.Currently, I am preparing a book about botanical illustration. I think arts and science have many ways to be related: botanical and zoological illustration is one of them.