ANGEL, Felix

Born in Medellín, Colombia. Received his Baccalaureate at Colegio San José, in his hometown, in
1966. The same year, at night, studied painting and drawing at Medellin’s Institute of Fine Arts,
receiving a half scholarship to continue his studies the following year, but instead enrolled in the
School of Architecture of the National University of Colombia (1967), graduating as an Architect
in 1974. Simultaneously with his architecture studies, he pursued his career as an artist, studied
ceramics for two years with his Aunt Silvia Ferrer (1968-69), and taught at the Instituto de Artes
and the Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, in the areas of architectural draftsmanship, and
During the fourth year at the School of Architecture (1971), received First Prize at the II Salón de
Arte Joven, a competition held at the local art museum, the Museo de Zea (currently the Museo
de Antioquia). Presented his first solo exhibition in Medellín at the Banco Grancolombiano (1972),
introduced by the Colombian novelist Manuel Mejía Vallejo. The same year received an award at
the III Salon de Arte Joven, and in 1973 obtained the third award at the same salon, and
exhibited in the Colombian cities of Cali and Popayan. In September of 1974, showed his work in
in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and in September visited Washington, D.C., where participated in a group
exhibition at the Organization of American States titled “Five Artists from Medellin”, with great
success. In November of the same year, was nominated to the National Award at the Salón de
Artistas Colombianos, in Bogotá.
In 1975 was hired as Art Director and Creative of Leo Burnett and Novas, in Medellín, but
resigned to concentrate in his first book, a novel titled “Te Quiero Mucho Poquito Nada” (I Love
you, I Love You Not), which he illustrated and published underground with his own money. The
book made him very well known in Colombia, and in the next year, while maintaining a very
active career as a painter and draftsman, initiated the publication of an underground leaflet
dedicated to art criticism entitled “Yo Digo” (Y Say)” . He also taught a semester at the Faculty of
Industrial Design of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Medellín, and continued visiting the
United States, settling in Washington in 1977, just before publishing “Nosotros”, a study on the
artists of his own generation in Medellin.
Throughout a career that spans forty years, Félix Ángel has presented more 100 exhibitions in
Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, Peru,
Puerto Rico, and The United States; participated in more than 300 art fairs, collective exhibitions
and international competitions in the Western Hemisphere and Europe; realized several public
commissions; and received several distinctions and appointments, including awards at the
biennials of Mexico City (1980), and Montevideo (Uruguay, 1981).
Public collections include those of the Bass Museum in Miami, the Blanton Gallery of the
University of Texas, the San Francisco Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, the San Diego
Museum of Art, the Riverside Museum of Art, Washington D.C. Art Museum of the Americas in
Washington, D.C, and the Essex Collection of Latin American Art in England.
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Commissions include six outdoor and one indoor public works (concrete, metal, and ceramic tile),
in the cities of Medellin and Pereira (Colombia), including four murals for Medellin’s Metro
In 1978 joined the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, first as
Assistant of long-time director José Gómez Sicre, then as exhibition designer and later as Curator
of Temporary Exhibitions until 1989.
In addition to this earlier books, he co-wrote in 1988 “The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in
the United States” for the Bronx Museum of the Arts, acting as curator of two of the six sections
of the exhibition of the same name; and in 2008 he published “Nosotros, Vosotros, Ellos:
Memoria del Arte en Medellin durante los Años 70” (We, They, Them: A Memoir of the Arts in
Medellín during the 1970s), besides hundreds of articles and essays published in several
languages, including essays for the catalogue of the Latin American Pavilion at the 51st and 52nd
Venice Biennial.
He has also served a curator of more than 100 international exhibitions (including all countries of
the Western Hemisphere, and Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Italy, and Japan), writing most of
the catalogues, and contributing with his advice to a number of institutions in Latin America, the
Caribbean, and the United States; has lectured in more than twenty universities in the United
States; has been invited as Juror in art competitions in San Salvador, Dominican Republic,
Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela and The United States; has served as Commissioner
on the Arts and Humanities for the City of Washington (2002-2007). Currently he is a Contributor
Editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) of the Library of Congress of the United
States of America (2000-2010). In 1992 was called by the Inter American Development Bank, in
Washington, D.C., to implement the IDB Cultural Center, where he acted as curator, and served
as Director since 1992.

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