Alejandro Ospina

born in 1970

Alejandro Ospina was born in 1970 in Bogota, Columbia. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, the New York Studio School and Duke University in the United States.  Now he lives and works in London.

He tries to work in ways that reflect continuous changes in attention at a rate and method that would have seemed absurd before the arrival of the Internet, simulating what happens in our minds when we jump from image to image accumulating and merging layers of visual information. He wants the work to reflect how the Internet has mutated the way we look at sets of images or contemplate a stream of information. Ospina’s work uses architectures of painting as a way of negotiating contemporary problems of image-making and artistic production in a networked world of complex relationships, inconsistent representations, and of technologies that have produced a flow of information at a magnitude and rate that is literally super-human.

He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including the Saatchi Gallery, London; Bloomberg Space, London; Paradise Row, London; Witzenhausen Gallery, New York; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, the Centro Cultural Salamanca and the Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogotá. Ospina has completed a residency at Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic, participated in an exchange program at the Parsons School of Design, Paris and undertaken a studio residency at the Departure Foundation, London.

Education

2002 Masters in Fine Arts Degree, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

1999 Certificate Program
, New York Studio School, New York, USA

1994 Double Major Electrical Engineering / Fine Arts
, Duke University, NC, USA

1990 Exchange Program with Dukes University, Parsons School of Design Paris, FR

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Letitia Gallery, Beirut

2017 Cryptomnesia, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY

2017 Supergirl, Frameless Gallery, London, UK

2016 A Bee In My Bonnet, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Alejandro Ospina, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, USA

2015 Alejandro Ospina: Algorithms, Ministry of Nomads, London, UK

2014 Heaven on Mars, PHS Gallery with Benedetto Pietromarchi, Bogotá, Colombia

2013 Megalopolis, IMT Gallery, London
 UK

2012 Algoritmos, Centro Cultural Colombo-Americano curated by Carlos Blanco, Bogotá, Colombia

2010 Fotolog, IMT Gallery, London
2008 Blog, Christopher Paschall XX21, Bogotá, Colombia

2008 Blog, Entrearte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2007 Ventana, Cultural Center University of Salamanca, Bogotá, Colombia

1997 Diners Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

1994 Diners Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

1993 5 Actitudes, Galería Arteria / Jenni Vila, Cali, Colombia

1991 Alejandro Ospina, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogotá, Colombia

Selected group exhibitions & fairs

2017 Barcu Art Fair, Bogotá, Colombia

2017 Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016 Summer Fling – The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery, East Hampton, NY, USA

ARTBO, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

Cosmoscow, Frameless Gallery, Moskva, Russia

Art Brussels, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

ArtLima, Frameless / Nosco, Lima, Peru

Dallas Art Fair, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Dallas, TX

2015 Barcu Art Fair, Represented Artist, Bogotá, Colombia

ArtBo, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

ArtRio, Nosco Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Loa Lugares, LA Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

Invited, Flora Fairbairn and Philly Adams, London, UK

Pangaea II, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Art15, Frameless Gallery, London UK

2014 DE-Pict, Nosco / Frameless, London
, UK

SPArte, Nosco / Frameless, Sao Paulo, Brazil

SPArte, PHS Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil

ArtRio, Nosco / Frameless, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013 Creekside Open selected by Ceri Hand, London
, UK

Matter 2013. Departure Foundation, London, UK

2012 Transient Façades. Wells Gallery, London College of Communication, London, UK

愛情で世界中を燃えあがらせてやるぜ。やりまくるぞ (There is Much Love in the
    

World so Let’s go Fuck Ourselves), Angus-Hughes Gallery, curated by Mark Jackson, London, UK

System of Objects. Departure Foundation, London, UK

Swarms of Black Flies Make the Roses Purple, IMT Gallery, London
, UK

Royal Academy Summer Show invited by Tess Jaray, London, UK

Bitacora’s Book, Performance with Eva Recacha, Noche en Blanco, Zaragoza, Spain

Undercurrent, Departure Foundation, London, UK

Royal Academy Summer Show, invited by Tess Jaray, London, UK

2011 Bitacora’s Book. Performance with Eva Recacha. Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK

ArtBo, Bogotá, Colombia

Colombia Underground, Hardcore Art Gallery, Miami, US

The Shape of Things, Ferrate Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

2010 SCOPE Miami. Christopher Paschall XX21, Miami, US

Contemporary Colombia, Witzenhausen Gallery, New York, US

SCOPE Basel, Christopher Paschall XX21, Basel, Switzerland

PINTA, Christopher Paschall XX21, London,UK

Intercambios, Christopher Paschall XX21, Bogotá, Colombia

Beijing Art Fair, Christopher Paschall XX21, Beijing, China

CIRCA, Christopher Paschall XX21, Puerto Rico

2009 SCOPE Miami. Christopher Paschall XX21, Miami, US

PINTA, Christopher Paschall XX21, New York, US

La Muerte Esta Viva, Galería Mundo, Bogotá, Colombia

ArtBo, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Entrearte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2008 ArtBo, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Entrearte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2007 Dyonisian Duty, Mezkalito Gallery, London
, UK

Creekside Open, selected by Victoria Miro, APT Gallery, London
, UK

2006 Group Show, Paradise Row Gallery, London
, UK

2005 Nuevos Nombres / Lugar No Lugar, Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

2004 Trackers, Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London
, UK

Beguiled, dance collaboration with Solas dance co, The Place Theatre, London, UK

2002 Slade Degree, Slade School of Fine Art, London
, UK

2001 Painting in the Park, Woburn Square Gallery, London, UK

Hang the Curator, Center Space Gallery, London
, UK

1996 5 Caras, Gallery Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

1995 Artists in Residence, Gallery Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Honors

2013 Top 5 Pick February first Thursdays for Megalopolis by TimeOut Magazine and

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2011 Departure Foundation Studio Sponsorship, Hammersmith, London, UK

2010 Shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Competition 2010, London, UK

2003/04 Sponsorship for CYCLE, glass installation with random light symphony:

Venini, Murano (Italy), Thomas Goode and Swarovski, London, UK

2001 Shortlisted for Observer Magazine Graduate Competition 2002, London Guardian, London, UK

Jean Spencer Award, Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK

2002 Individual Project Award, Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK

Group Project Award for Hang the Curator, Slade School of Fine Arts

2000/01 Hearst Foundation Scholarship, New York Studio School, New York, US

1995/96 Artist in Residence, Spring ’96, Autumn ’95, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Professor of Drawing and Painting, Parsons School of Design, Dominican Republic

 Curatorial

2008 Divisions, Co-curator, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, Colombia

2005 Executive Producer Muro, Touring dance project for festival Dias de Danza,

Barcelona – Bilbao – Zaragoza, Spain

2004 Zoo Art Fair, Exhibitions Manager, London, UK

2004/03 Co-curator Trackers Exhibition, Pitshanger Manor Gallery – catalogue publication, London, UK

2002 Co-curator Hang the Curator exhibition, Riverside Studios, London, UK