Colombian painter and architect born in 1989 in Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.
I don't want to lose what makes me human in the first place and ignore my animalistic need to come in contact with my own spirit. That is why I portray the physical contact of our behaviour and the passion of bodies entangled in a vital fight in my work. Tangible and organic lumps of flesh, in contrast with the abstract character of contemporary human life which is illustrated by the rupture of the body into the background.
I seek to celebrate the body and the instinct. To get closer to my own essence because I feel that modern day society constantly keeps me from it. Nowadays we live in excessive virtuality and instead I have this urge to sense my physical dimension.
2020 Studied with artist Afredo Araujo Santoyo, A2S workshop, Bogotá, Colombia
2016 Extension courses, Fabula art academy, Bogotá, Colombia
2013 BA in Architecture, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
2013 Summer school, Central Saint Martins, London
2013 Studied with artist Lia Garcia, Cooperartes, 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
Jose Michelsen´s work is present in private collections in the UK, Germany, France, USA and Colombia since 2014.