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         My challenge as a painter is to depict bodily human condition reality, which defines us as mammals. I seek to celebrate the body and our instinct with the intention to pursue human essence, which we deny so much in the present. We are taught since we are born that the natural body must be clothed and eventually we develop a sense that nudity is somehow wrong and prohibited. Basic instinct can't be suppressed, but because we are educated in the modern artificial ways of the human race, this results collaterally in constantlytrying to do so.

        With this, I don’t pretend for us to renounce to all of the development achieved by the human species, but I think that because of this development, we can´t lose what makes us human in the first place and ignore our animal need to come in contact with our own spirit.

        Visually, this concept translates into portraying human physicality via tangible and organic flesh, in contrast with the abstract character of contemporary human life which is illustrated by the dissolution and rupture of the body in a de-constructing fashion. I work with the violence present in the natural physical contact of our behavior, the violence of bodies entangled in a vital fight and also the suicidal violence of our present disfiguration of nature.


           Jose Michelsen is a Colombian painter and architect born in 1989 in Bogotá. He began to relate to art through drawing very early in his life. He then studied Architecture in the “Universidad de los Andes” in Bogotá and then, trained with artist Alfredo Araújo Santoyo from 2017-2020. He lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.


2019, “Cuerpo Metafísico II”, 12:00 Gallery, Bogotá , Colombia

2018, “Cuerpo Metafísico I”, A2S Workshop, Bogotá, Colombia


2019, “Grandes en Pequeño 2019”, Mecánica Taller y Laboratorio, Bogotá, Colombia

2019, “Latinou: Aglomeraciones”, 526 Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2018, “Grandes en Pequeño 2018”, Mecánica Taller y Laboratorio, Bogotá, Colombia

2018, “Everything Flows”, Tapir Gallery, Berlín, Germany

2018, “Muestra colectiva Galería 12:00”, 12:00 Annex Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2017, “Artbobooo”, A2S Workshop, Bogotá, Colombia

2016, Former Students Design Exhibition, Los Nogales High School, Bogotá June

2015, Milk-Fest art pavilion (festival), Baum, Bogotá    

2015, 13th National Art Salon, Casa Cuadrada gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2013, “Hasta el Gato”, El Garaje Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia


2020, Shortlisted top 20 for the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, Melbourne, Australia 

2020, Shortlisted top 100 for the Bridgeman Studio Award, London, UK 

2014, IV Faber-Castell National Competition (honorable mention), Contemporary Art Museum of Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia


2018, TAKT, Berlin, Germany 


2013, Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, GPA: 4.43/5.00, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia 

2019, Drawing and Painting teacher, Fabula Art Academy, Bogotá, Colombia 

2017 -2020, Studyed under artist Afredo Araujo Santoyo, A2S workshop, Bogotá, Colombia

2016, Extention courses: Experimental drawing and Etching II, Fabula art academy, Bogotá,Colombia         

2013, Summer courses: Capturing Café Society and Alternative Photographic Processes, Central Saint Martins, London 

2013, Studied under artist Lia Garcia, Cooperartes, Bogotá, Colombia



Jose Michelsen´s work is present in private collections in the UK, Germany, France, USA and Colombia since 2014.

© 2018 by Jose Michelsen

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