ABOUT THE ARTIST
artwork has brought a significant new trend of painting to
the United States from South America. In a 1980 exhibition
at the Government Hall of Valle in Cali, Colombia, Ms. Agudelo
introduced a new concept called "El Primimodernismo,"
as a personal idea based both on her observation of the visionary
motifs in Pre-Colombian Indian art, and the styles of Universal
Modernism. Incorporating these principles into a theory she
describes as "Human Activation Through History,"
she presents a sympathetic view of the human effects of major
international events, such as the 9/11 tragedy. Noriam's art
elevates the spiritual sense of destiny and human drama.
In the development of her
personal style from the roots of Pre-Colombian and Modernism,
Noriam has explored aspects of these roots by painting softly
animated figures, reminiscent of the Latin American Social
Realists of the 1930ís, against the backdrop of semi-abstracted
landscapes and architectural cityscapes. In the case of her
series begun on September 11th and 12th ,
2001 -- "Flight of the Lambs", "World Wide
Panorama," and "Wake Up from the Spiritual
Life" -- a frenzy of color tells the intensity of
the story. Faces show expressions of anguish, hope, or remembrance,
set against the scene of collapsed chrome and steel upright
shards, the broken buildings of the World Trade Center. In
each painting, the blending of bright colors convey the immensity
of this unprecedented tragedy in its human scale and meaning.
The surface base
of her paintings are the soft texture of two-dimensional patterns,
which emphasizes the foreground of primitive forms.
|As a foreign artist working
in the US, Noriamís own soft personae understates her unique
and significant contribution to art. From the time of that introduction
of her theory of primitive and modernism, her reputation gained
incrementally over the decade of the 1980s: As the founder of
this trend of painting she was given the appellation, "El
PrimiModerismo" by the Colombian art community and
press, and was subsequently invited to participate in many important
exhibitions. In 1994 she was invited by the United Nations Headquarters
in New York City to exhibit her mural size oil painting "CHANGE
THROUGH PEACE," for the celebration called "Hands
Shake Around the World," attended by fifty ambassadors
from many countries.
|Looking at Noriam's paintings
over the years shows a development through several stages of
her personal artistic style. In earlier work, color usage goes
from gradations of muted colors within various tonal ranges
but evolves in later work into expressions of harmoniously contrasted
bright rhythmic values. The composition of the canvas field
evolves from topological layouts of similar figures into a deeply
inspiring and poignant telling of the story between two or three
figures -- including symbolized forms such as the white dove
In "Human Rescue," a mural painting, Norey Agudelo
uses stylized figures combined with flat color to emphasize
man as a suffering yet universal being. In a later work,"
Flight of the Lambs," her figures are charged with highly
expressive color and form, and through a triangulation in
the placement of the two figures and a dove, tell the story
at a glance.
Focus is placed at the center
of human emotion. Facial expressions are refined into three-dimensional
personalities with sensitive and subtly-expressed individualities,
each providing an evocative depth of human understanding--
primary colors, like red and yellow, for primal feeling. From
the complexity of backgrounds of flat colors depicting surreal
locations there emerges the later interpretations of textured
multi-layered dimensions: spatial realms which appear real
but seem beyond time.
"Noriam" has been
invited several times for a lecture about her artwork at Southern
Connecticut State University and nominated for the Prince
of Asturias Awards in the category of Arts 2005, which is
one of the biggest honors she has achieved for her whole career.
Past year the School of Medice at Yale University invited
her to be one of the instructors for a local program "Art
Therapy" focused in children for the community of New
Haven, that is why she recently painted the mural size painting
" The Victory of the Children". Other exhibits have
been performed lately at Stamford for the Arts in CT, Open
Studios of Greater New Haven, Art Space and future exhibits
are being planned for next year 2007. Currently "Noriams"
is writing her book titled: " El Primimodernismo, the
new tendency of the Contemporary Art".
|Ms. Norey Agudeloís work as
a teacher and an artist represents a deep and significant contribution
to a Humanistic interpretation of life in our time, and the
evolution of pictorial art itself. Born in Pereira, she obtained
a degree in 1975 in Visual Arts from the Popular Institute of
Culture in Cali, Before coming to live in the US in 2001, she
was Department Director of the Arts School, and art teacher
at Alfredo Vasquez Cobo College and at Colombo Britanico High
School in Cali. In addition to the 1994 exhibition of her work
at the UN, her artworks have been exhibited around the world
-- in Colombia, in Mino, Japan, in New Haven, CT, and in New
Jersey museums in Bergen, Passaic, and Patterson. She has donated
large murals to social causes for the International Immigrants
Foundation of the UN and the Consulate of Colombia in New York
City. She has written her research on the civic expressions
of art, and the appropriation of public spaces, and has received
many well-deserved certificates of honor and achievement.
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"100 Contemporary International Artists"
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