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Felix Ángel Paper Archeologies

ix Ángel,  West Africa, Paper inlay on acid free museum board. Courtesy of Capital One Art Program.

Felix Ángel, West Africa, Paper inlay on acid free museum board. Courtesy of the Artist

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Reception: Thursday, January 21 from 4pm to 6pm

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Felix Ángel was born in Colombia, the fourth child in a family of ten. His father was manager of the Pan American Life Insurance Company in Medellin, Colombia. His mother and her family came from a region in Colombia called the Old Caldas. After graduation from the Colegio San Jose military school, the artist was accepted at the School of Architecture of the National University. Three weeks after his graduation as an architect in 1974, he came to the United States at the invitation of the Organization of American States Visual Arts Program Director to exhibit his art in Washington, DC. He returned to the U.S. several times after that and ultimately settled here in 1977.

Félix Ángel’s artistic career spans over 40 years. He has had more than 100 exhibitions in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, and The United States. Further, he has received several national and international awards for his work and his art is in several museums in Latin America, the United States, and England; not to mention many private collections.

“My work has always been characterized by an interest towards the image, the connotations it carries, and the impact it has on sensitivity and knowledge. My interest in collage dates back to the early 1970s. I can say that I am one of the few Colombian-born artists that have investigated this technique, on par with other interests. Therefore, collage is part of the consistency of my artistic work. My current work with news and magazine paper is called Paper Archaeologies. I started to develop these series in 2004. My work uses images associated with the current life as a result of the inability of humans to solve the conflicts they create: war, corruption, lack of ethics, death and degradation of sex, the hypocrisy of the behavior, political demagoguery, etc. The images that I select are for public consumption. I de-construct them, splitting them into smaller fragments, and then I construct other images simulating at first sight a purely aesthetic and plastic impression. I would say that they even look beautiful and pleasant in appearance despite the fact that the source is not.” – Ángel

RSVP by e-mail to the Art Program [[email protected]] or call 804-305-8948.

Bring a photo ID to gain access the Capital One McLean Campus.  The reception is located at Atrium Gallery at 1680 Capital One Drive, McLean, VA.