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ARTIST STATEMENT

My artwork is a reflection of myself, my adventures and my lifestyle. I'm always searching of new ways of expressing. That´s why its hard for me to define my work in one technique. I paint, I draw, I do photography, a little of ceramics, macrame, all within the same theme, VTG. Vestigium Tectona Grandis, my actual and most important project so far. Vestigium Tectona Grandis is the project that I have been working on for the past 6 1/2 years. VTG was made with the natural pigment of the Tectona Grandis Tree. V, represents the vestige, the imprint of the plant, vagina, veins, vientre, venus. T is Tectona Grandis, the scientific name of the Teak Tree, transformation, time, transfer. G of Grandis, Tectona Grandis, Gratitude, Gracias, García (my maternal surname). In 2014, I participated in an Art Residency in India where I learned a technique that impacted me. At the time I was living in Colombia my native country and when I got back, I tested a large number of plants and discovered that the Teak leaf would give me the tone that I was searching for. I travelled to La Pintada, Antioquia, Colombia in 2016 to a Teak crop to create my project. On a fabric (Dacron) 60 meters long x 150 cm I made my work. VTG is my umbilical cord with my mother, my connection with the Universe, my relationship with Earth and life, my guts, my glories.

I take pictures of VTG in different locations, I paint it on canvas, draw it on paper, it’s my path to follow. VTG is the cord that is many times present in my work.

BIOGRAPHY

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Milena Arango was born in Cali, Colombia. Because of her mothers’ studies, Milena grew up travelling in her childhood and later as an adult decided that was the turn that she needed in her work.  She graduated from Visual Arts in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2001 and then took a journey in theater for few years. She’s a passionate and dedicated artist, always finding new ways to keep her work dynamic and motivated.  To keep this up she travels and takes different art residencies around the world to keep her inspiration high.   Milena is now an art teacher in different schools in the Palm Beach Counties in Florida.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITS:

2019 -  Entre Laz-hadas – GRUPO MUJER Y SOCIEDAD / Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá. 2018 – G – 302 – “REVELACIONES”, Bogotá, Colombia

2016 – LA GALERIA – VESTIGIUM TECTONA GRANDIS – Bogotá, Colombia

2013 – PROYECTO GANADOR  –  GALERIA NUEVEOCHENTA “DANCING IN THE DARK”- Tercera Intervención del Edificio Terpel de Bogotá. Convocatoria

2013 – GALERIA NE – CIUDADES – Bogotá, Colombia.

2012 – CENTRO CULTURAL GIMNASIO MODERNO – TRAPITOS AL SOL- Bogotá Colombia

2011 – GALERIA NE – CIUDADES IMAGINARIAS – Bogotá, Colombia 2011 – ALIANA FRANCESA DE VALLEDUPAR – Valledupar, Colombia

2010 – MAS ARTE CONTEMPORANEO – CIUDAD LUZ – Bogotá, Colombia

2010 – ALIANZA FRANCESA DE BARRANQUILLA, Barranquilla, Colombia

2008 – CENTRO ITALIANO DI BOGOTA - II INTER-MEDIO– Bogotá, Colombia

2008 – CASA RIAÑO – INTER-MEDIO , Bogotá, Colombia  

GROUP EXHIBITS:

2023 - Biennial 2023 - Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Florida 

2023 - Armory Art Center - West Palm Beach, Florida 2022 - Morphogenesis, The Frank Gallery, Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Miami

2022 - Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Florida 2022 - Armory Art Center - West Palm Beach, Florida 2021 - Gallery Sausalito, Princess Court, Downtown Sausalito, California

2021 - F.R.I.E.N.D.S – Galería Compacta, Bogotá - Colombia - VIRTUAL EXHIBIT    -   http://container-open.space/friends4/

2020 - Reawakening to the Beauty of the West Coast-Art Scene West. San Diego,CA  2020 - Latin America Corona Virus ONLine Exhibit - Asian Art Magazine, China

2020 – GALERIA ELVIRA MORENO – TELEFOTO – 01 – Virtual Exhibit – Bogotá, Colombia 2020 -  The Artists’ Studio & GALLERY of Tequesta. Tequesta, Fl

2018 - 2019 – FRAMExperience – Sagamore Hotel – 55 Bellechasse. Miami, US – Art Basel week

2018 - 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona

2018 – GALERIA EL MUSEO: Lenguajes de Papel, Bogotá,Colombia

2017 – ArtMed – Galeria Color y Forma, Medellin, Colombia

2017 -  FACA – Buenos Aires, Ar – Galeria DC Arte, Bogotá, Colombia

2017 – ARTLIMA  - X Espacio (Mexico)

2017 - X Espacio –DF, Mexico

2016 – SCOPE ART – MARK HACHEM GALLLERY – Paris, France

2016 – BARCÚ – X Espacio (Mexico)

2016 – ART CHICÓ – Museo del Chicó – Bogotá, Colombia

2016 – ARTMEDELLIN – Galeria Color y Forma – Medellin, Colombia

2016 – FILBO – Arte Dos Gráfico – Galeria Sextante – Bogotá, Colombia

2015 – ORANGE REPUBLIC – Miami, Art Basel Week

2015 – COLONIAL FEST. – Republica Dominicana. Santo Domingo

2015 – ART CHICO – Milena Arango, Museo del Chico, Bogotá, Colombia

2015 – ART MEDELLIN – Milena Arango, Medellin, Colombia

2015 –  12th BIENAL DE LA HABANA, CUBA “EL HOMBRE Y EL UNIVERSO” – Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. http://www.eltiempo.com/entretenimiento/arte-y-teatro/bienal-de-la-habana/15805977

2015 – ARTE AL NATURAL – Museo de Arte y Cultura Colsubsidio, Bogotá, Colombia http://publico2.colsubsidio.com:8081/image/museo-de-arte/programacion.pdf

2015 – ART WYNWOOD 2015 – Galeria Casa Cuadrada Booth B-26 2015 – Hotel La Passion – Cartagena de Indias – Curaduria – Ricardo Arcos-Palma.

2014 – BARCU – Feria de Arte de Bogotá, Colombia – Galeria Casa Cuadrada, Bogotá

2014 – BIBLIOTECA JULIO MARIO SANTODOMINGO, “Muñecos de loza”. Bogota, Colombia.

2013 – SUBASTA CASA CHRISTIE´S – Barranquillarte- 2013.

2012 – TERCERA SUBASTA DE LALOCALIDAD DE USAQUEN. Bogotá. Colombia.

2012 – GALERIA MEZANINE – “Muñecos de Loza”, Bogotá, Colombia.

2012 – CRISTINA CHACON GALLERY, “Small Works” Miami, US.

2012 - MAS: ARTE CONTEMPORANEO –Formato Chiq II– Bogota, Colombia

2011 – MAS: ARTE CONTEMPORANEO –Formato Chiq– Bogota, Colombia

2011 – B&B Museo di Arte Contemporanea,-  Sardegna, Italia 2011 – CRISTINA CHACON GALLERY – SYENERGY – Miami, USA

2010 – CRISTINA CHACON STUDIO GALLERY, Miami, USA 2009 -  LA PAZ ESPACIO DE ARTE, Afortunada – mente – BsAs, Ar.

2009 – GALLERY NIGHTS BUENOS AIRES, Galeria el Gato Viejo, BsAs, Ar.

2001 - UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES:  Proyecto de Grado:  

2001 - SALA DE ESPERA: Proyecto de Grado 2000 - PONTIFICIA U. JAVERIANA (Facultad de Artes):  

2000 - SALA DE ESPERA: Encuentro de Artistas Javerianos.  

UNIVERSITY

1995 - 2001 - VISUAL ARTS - PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD JAVERIANA 

2007 - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - Buenos Aires, Argentina -

MAESTRO: ARIEL MLYNARCEWICKS – La Mirada que Pinta.

ART RESIDENCIES 

2016 - 2017 - WOOF

2014 – TASARA INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP 2014– TASARA WEAVING CENTER. Calicut, India.

2011 – RESIDENCIA DE ARTE - B&B MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, Collinas, Sardegna, Italia - Workshop – Evolución Creativa

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Here I am. Perfomance - Bogotá, Colombia, 2018

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