Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar

Pamplona, Colombia, 1923 – Bogotá, 2004.

Painter and sculptor. He studied architecture for four years, a career he gave up for painting. He started as an expressionist painter, a tendency that he left behind in 1950 in Paris, when he discovered geometric abstraction. In 1955 he made the first non-objective mural in Colombia. In 1959 he won first prize in painting at the XII Salón Nacional de Artistas with his artwork Horizontal en blanco y negro, and that same year he carries out in Bogotá the mural Relieve dorado, a large format and clear allusions to the pre-Columbian design. A creative combination of flat shapes related through straight lines or curves and organically articulated, characterized the visualization of his geometric abstract poetic. Ramírez Villamizar lived and worked in New York from 1967 to 1974. In 1973 he performed other public sculptures in the United States: Hexagon in New York and De Colombia to John Kennedy in Washington. In 1976 Ramírez Villamizar is invited to the XXXVI Venice Biennale. Among his most important solo exhibitions are: “Eduardo Ramírez, Sculptor”, David Herbert Gallery (New York, 1960); “Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar: exposición retrospectiva, 1958-1972”, Museo de Arte Moderno (Bogotá, 1972); “El espacio en forma: Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, exposición retrospectiva 1945-1985”, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá, 1985-86); Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico, DF, 1990); Galerie Denise René (Paris, 1998); “Ramírez Villamizar: Geometry, Abstraction, Connotation: Sculptures”, Durban Segnini Gallery (Miami, 2007). His works are represented in major museums and collections including, among others: Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA); Banco de la República (Bogotá, Colombia); Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Bogotá, Colombia); Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro (Río de Janeiro, Brasil); Banco de la República (Bogotá, Colombia) and and South Window Collection (Glendale, California, USA).