Rafael Alfonso Umana Mendez , known to most as Umana, created art for seven decades in New York, France, Spain, Florida, and Virginia, mastering numerous media including textiles; sculpture in marble, silver, and iron; painting and drawings in oil, watercolor, pencil, silver- and goldpoint; printmaking; and fine art book illustration. Born in Bogota, Colombia to a family of artisans, his father was an accomplished metal-worker and iron forger whose work was commissioned by churches, the government, and other wealthy clients. Both of Umanas parents died during his teens but left him an inheritance allowing him to continue his education. In ...
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