Carlos Jacanamijoy (b.1964, Santiago) depicts vivid, colour-saturated and abstract landscapes that emphasise the respect for heritage, memory and environment that he was taught as a Colombian indigenous of the Inga people. While his paintings are made abiding by the western method of oil on canvas, his thematics explore the ways of seeing and perceiving of the Ingas and other indigenous cultures. Although abstract at first glance, his creations hold many discreet figurative elements from which the viewer, with the help of a guide to their meaning, can understand a story. Jacanamijoy uses painting as a way to resist the
presumption that people from indigenous descent should only produce objects of folkloric
and artisanal value. With his work, the artist seeks to give visibility to these cultures,
restoring their sense of belonging, making them observable and comprehensible to westerners and linking western and indigenous cultures together.
Jacanamijoy's art has been exhibited extensively throughout Central, South and North America, as well as Europe. In 2013, the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota presented a retrospective of the artist's works. Recent and notable exhibitions include 'Holes in the Wind' at Toluca Modern Art Museum in 2018; 'Originaire' at the Gare de Marlon Galerie in Paris in 2015; a solo show at the Sandra Higgins Fine Art in London, 2014; he was exhibited at the United Nations in 2003. He has also been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C and New York, at the Casa de America in Madrid, Spain, and the La Tertulia de Cali Museum, Colombia, among others.