Carlos Jacanamijoy


"I draw upon the way of viewing life that we all as human beings have as children ... when you get given a single colour and you want to become yourself through it."

Jacanamijoy's works evoke a deep connection to the memories, heritages, and environments which shape us.  Drawing from his background as a member of the Indigenous Inga people of Colombia, Jacanamijoy mobilizes the western oil painting tradition in a novel way, intertwining his own unique themes and transforming the medium into something which is distinctly his own.  Confronting the presumptions around indigenous art and using his works to formulate a dialogue between western and indigenous cultures. Jacanamijoy's works are distinctly his own, but are intrinsically tied with a message of unity and the universal experiences which mould and bring us 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.