Daniel Alberto Alejandro Maria de la Santisima Trinidad Obregon Roses [*] most commonly known as Alejandro Obregon was a Colombian painter, muralist, sculptor and engraver.
Obregon was born in Barcelona, Spain, the son of a Colombian father and a Catalan mother. Most of his childhood was spent in Barranquilla, Colombia and Liverpool, England. In 1939, he studied fine arts in Boston for a year and then returned to Barcelona to serve as Vice Consul of Colombia for four years. In 1948, Obregon was named Director of the School of Fine Arts in Santafe de Bogota where he was influenced in the frescostyle by Masters Pedro Nel Gomez and Santiago Martinez Delgado. His career as director lasted barely a year, but the seeds of change that he planted took rapid root. The following year, he moved to Paris, France and exhibited work throughout France, Germany and Switzerland. He then went to Alba, near Avignon in France, where he remained until 1955. A painting from that year, Still Life in Yellow, shows that his personal style was then fully developed, and exhibits the formal elements that came to characterize his work.
Obregon is above all a painter. His compositions are usually divided horizontally into two areas of different pictorial value or size, but of equal visual intensity. Other elements take their place against them. Colour plays a fundamental role in integrating the structures of his ingenious design, first in geometric forms and then in controlled expressionism.
National Museum of Colombia - Obregon
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