Orlando Pelaez

About the Artist

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Before moving to the United States, Orlando graduated from the University of Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombia. There he studied commercial art, drawing and painting with Colombian Masters. He has been living and working in the United States for many years, first in New York and currently in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in New York he studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and the Academy of Fine Arts.
For many years most of his work has been inspired by a vivid imagination,and a clear memory of the many art and photography books that he has read. In many cases he has attributed the inspiration for his work to Latin American Music and the early roots of his Colombian heritage and its interesting history.
In June of 2001 he was awarded a Fellowship Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which he used to explore his art more deeply. Recently the artist traveled to Mexico to study the beauty and splendor of that romantic country and presented the provocative images he created from this trip to the community.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My art is a window to Latin America: its multifarious history, values, magic, beauty and color. My South American identity resonates deep within my heart, flowing through my creative instruments to illuminate my artwork.

Diverse influences guide my subject matter: my ancestry and youth in Colombia, the indigenous perspective, South American music, family life, commercial design and pop art, cinema, the immigrant experience in New York City and the Midwest, and current events.

I continually explore new techniques and am adept with many 2-D and 3-D media: acrylic and oil paint, pencil and ink, foam-core panels, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I feel it is important to bring my art into the 21st century so it continues to evolve and renew itself as time passes.

I strive to create art that projects a unique and contemporary voice of Latin America transplanted to the heartland of the United States. In promoting the inclusion of Latin American art in the American art mainstream, I aspire to impact art history in Indiana and the U.S. and to encourage the appreciation of the spirit and beauty of the culture of a growing immigrant population.

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