Manolo Vellojín

Barranquilla, Colombia, 1943 - 2013 

Painter. Self-taught, Vellojín advanced in the mid-60s on the abstractionist poetics inspired by the ideas of Frank Stella and the minimal art. In 1961 he received the Honorable Mention at the Salón de Artistas de la Costa, Biblioteca Departamental in Barranquilla. The symbolic capital of much of his work, as his persistent and repetitive linearity, composition, and color, are steeped in heraldic and religious ornamentation. In 1969 he participated at the XX Salón de Artistas Nacionales with his artwork Caribe. In 1971 he was awarded the Andi Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Bogotá); one year later he won First Prize at Salón de Artistas de la Costa (Banco de la República, Barranquilla). From 1973-1974 he traveled to Panama, Luxembourg, Paris, and Barcelona, where he frequented García Márquez. Among his most important solo exhibitions are: Galería Estrella (Madrid, 1969); Instituto Panameño de Arte (Panamá, 1973); Galería Garcés Velásquez (Bogotá, 1981); Manolo Vellojín: dos décadas, Museo de Arte Moderno (Bogotá, 1987); Galería Imago -Gran Teatro de La Habana (La Habana, 1996); Vanitas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Bogotá, 1997); Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla (Barranquilla, 2001). His works are in museums and collections including, among others: Museo de Arte Moderno (Bogotá, Colombia); Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá, Colombia), Museo de Arte Moderno (Cartagena, Colombia), and Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (Miami, USA).