Norey Agudelo's 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 human drama.

Over the years, Noriam's paintings show 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 of an ascending soul.

In "Human Rescue," a mural painting, Norey Agudelo uses stylized figures combined with flat color to empahsize 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.

Ms. Norey Agudelo's 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.