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SELECTED WORKS BY Diego Mendoza Imbachi

The Poetics of Reflection
Diego Mendoza Imbachi
The Poetics of Reflection

2014

Graphite and binder on canvas

300 x 600 cm
For Diego Mendoza Imbachi the process of gardening is intrinsically linked to art making, a platform for his ongoing exploration into the natural landscape and topographies of rural Colombia. Growing up in the department of Cauca in the village of Venta Cajibio, an active area for farming and gardening, Imbachi noticed the impact of industrialisation on his own soil. Drawing on his previous vocations of farming and gardening in a region dependent on its livestock and agriculture, the artist began to observe rapid changes in the landscape. In an artistic response, he began actively drawing his environment with pencil and graphite, cataloguing transformations and mutations in real time. The outcome has been a naturalistic reimagining of biological processes through detailed accounts of fantastical plant forms and futuristic realties.
Graphis ‚Äď Loggia
Diego Mendoza Imbachi
Graphis ‚Äď Loggia

2014

Graphite and binder on canvas

300 x 600 cm
What Imbachi had identified was the problem of interventions on the land, mainly by multi-national corporations who continue to mine Colombia’s natural resources. Having grown up amongst the large plantations of pine and eucalyptus, Imbachi witnessed the expanding capitalist monopoly that prompted the erection of foreign communication towers on his native soil. Imbachi’s largely biographical output is located in this very tension, as the artist’s attempts to sketch out a world in which technology and nature are as all embracing as they are consuming. A hybridisation of natural forms and antennae (The Poetics of reflection, 2014), are a visualisation of the germinating exchanges between the two ideological worlds.
Graphis ‚Äď Natura
Diego Mendoza Imbachi
Graphis ‚Äď Natura

2014

Graphite and binder on canvas

300 x 1000 cm
The artist‚Äôs interest in the native species and their rootedness in exchanges with Australia and colonial Spain, offer a rich subtext for the curious hybrid tree/antennae that dominate Imbachi‚Äôs large scale drawings. In this scientific imaginary landscape, structures feed themselves as they expand from edge to edge their surfaces becoming three-dimensional and strangely immersive (Graphis ‚Äď Natura, 2012). They recall taxonomic studies, as natural elements like tree leaves and plants become the documents of unchartered scientific progress. The contemplation of the beauty in natural forms becomes a site for a different interpretation of his local landscape. A heterogeneous set of proposals, Imbachi‚Äôs drawings of inner landscapes expose the deceptive simplicity of rural environments by considering in/organic processes through which plant forms come into being. Imbachi is interested in an ecosystem of processes informed by the relationships between organisms. Like a natural rug of dry pine leaves intercepts the land art movement; Imbachi‚Äôs practice embraces the sculptural forms of the undisturbed landscape, extracting from nature to question the division between the essence of the organic and the experience of the artificial.

© Osei Bonsu, 2014

Diego Mendoza Imbachi's BIOGRAPHY

Diego Mendoza Imbachi
Born in 1982, Popay√°n, Cauca, Colombia
Lives and works in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Graphis- Loggia, Between Walls Gallery, Liceo Frances Paul Valéry, Cali

2011
Graphis - Natura , Museum La Tertulia, Cali

2010
A Reconstruction of the Landscape by Means of Collective Memory, Cauca Project, Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
Graphis ‚Äď Natura, Exhibition Living, University of comfacauca, Popay√°n

2009
Habit√°ts, House Proartes, Cali

2008
Habit√°ts, Contemporary art gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
International Biennal Of Contemporary Art Cartagena of Indias, Museum of Modern Art, Cartagena de Indias
Paperlanguages, MuseumGallery, Bogot√°
As Young Artists Represent Animals? Between Walls Gallery, Liceo Frances Paul Valéry, Cali

2013
6th -Dimensional Art Salon, Fundaci√≥n Gilberto Alzate Avenda√Īo, Bogot√°
II National and International Biennal of Art, ‚ÄúFrom Here‚ÄĚ, Bucaramanga
Terrible Children, Museum Gallery, Bogot√°

2012
II Biennial Prize for Plastic Arts and Visual, Fundaci√≥n Gilberto Alzate Avenda√Īo, Bogot√°
Overview ‚Äúimages of the end of the world‚ÄĚ South Border, Cali
Engraved in Memory
Retrospective Exhibition Printmaking Work shop Itinerant, 25 years,University of Cauca, Popay√°n, Cali, Buga and Pereira

2009
Thesis Museum of Contemporary Art Minute of God, Bogot√°
Aboutthedrawing, Exhibition Living, Bank of the Republic, Popay√°n
First Sign of religious art, Contemporary, New Insights, Rituals and Fetishes , Living Exhibition, Bank of the Republic, Popay√°n

2007
V Regional Exhibition Image Itinerant , Republican House Library, Luis Angel Arango. Bogot√°, Cali, Pereira, Barranquilla and Cucuta
Fine Arts Competition French Alliance III, Society of Public Improvements, Cali
1000 ¬į Ceramic, Contemporary art gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
Recycle, Gallery Valenzuela & Klener, Bogot√°

2006
Regional image V, Exhibition living, Bank of the Republic, Popay√°n
Fine Arts Competition French Alliance II, The Card Players, Museum La Tertulia, Cali
Young Art, Museum of Modern Art, Bogot√°
40 National Salon of Artists, PacificArea - Helena Project productions, National University Museum of Art, Bogot√°
40th National Salon of Artists, 7th October Salon - Cauca Project, theater map, Bogot√°

2005
Pacific Zone, XI Regional salon artists Ancient Valley Liquor Facilities, Cali
Fine Arts Competition French Alliance I, Liberty Leading the People, Museum La Tertulia, Cali
7th October Salon, " Columbian Neo" Lugar a Dudas, Cali
Antithesis, Exhibition Living, University of Comfacauca, Popay√°n
Plastic pop, South Colombian University, Neiva

2004
VIII University Art, University Museum of Antioquia, Medell√ćn
Artist residencies, A week in zone, Piendamó, Cauca

2003
VIII University Art, Fundaci√≥n Gilberto Alzate Avenda√Īo, Bogot√°
XVII Engraving Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
Attitude and Illusion, Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
XVI Engraving Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
L.H.O.O.Q. Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n
Naked down the stairs, I sign Multimedia, Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Cauca, Popay√°n

2002
Project Room, Exhibition Living, University of Comfacauca, Popay√°n