Cesar Forero

Forero’s work moves between painting, sculpture, poetry and performing art creating a large and complex philosophical field. Forero begins its inspiration from the interest in social, humanitarian issues and the intrinsic relationship of our actions affecting the ecosystem. His work feeds on the multiculturalism present in Canadian society, and the diversity of the ecosystem in northern Ontario.  Price Range:  $2,400 – $7,500

Cesar Forero

I am a Colombian-born Canadian citizen with a background in architecture, sculpture, painting, and public performance. I am a member of the International Academy of Ceramist AIC/IAC. I hold an MA from the Minnesota State University and a MFA from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. I have taught architecture, design and art at university level in Colombia, United States, and Canada. I currently sit on the boards at the Temiskaming Art Gallery, in Haileybury, Sculptors Society of Canada and Ontario Society of Artist, in Toronto, and Contemporary Art Committee, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; in which I am the creator and current president.

I have been honoured with the creation of public commissions for the Town and Mine memorial in Matachewan Ontario, and The Kirkland Lake Commemorative Plaque at Toburn Site. I have been a finalist in the 2008 Public Art Competition for St. Clair Avenue W. Transit Improvement project, the Pride 2014 Church Street Murals, and The PanAm path (Panamerican Games) 2015. My work stands in both public and private collections, and has been shown in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Poland, Taiwan and USA. My active record of exhibitions includes thirty solo shows, and multiple curated art-shows from 1997 until today. As highlight of my performance work stands the performance at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) on April 2012.

I have been an artist in Residency at the Living Arts Centre Residents program, LIA International Art Program in Leipzig Germany, Fundación ACE in Buenos Aires Argentina, and Artic Ceramic Centre (ACC) Posio, Finland. I have also being the recipient of several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, multiple awards in US and Canada, and was honoured as Establish Visual Artist of the Year 2007 by the Mississauga Arts Council.

My architectural experience emphasises design and I’ve completed from creation to construction house projects in Colombia and Canada. I was a figure skater for over seventeen years and participated at the international level in the World Games achieving 4th place. I competed in four world Championships, two Pan-Americans games, and two South American Championships wining two bronze medals. I was the Colombian pairs champion from 1989 to 1998.

 

Forero’s work moves between painting, sculpture, poetry and performing art creating a large and complex philosophical field. Forero begins its inspiration from the interest in social, humanitarian issues and the intrinsic relationship of our actions affecting the ecosystem. His work feeds on the multiculturalism present in Canadian society, and the diversity of the ecosystem in northern Ontario.

Comparing performance work with opera, where aspects of multidisciplinary work are built by the combination of visual, literary and musical art, Forero creates complex pieces involving painting, sculpture and performing art. Although his work works perfectly as individual pieces of painting, sculpture or performance; The combination of all the elements united in a performance installation creates a unique and complex work, where each of the components act to form a range of fantasy and mystery.

Sculptures and paintings, belonging to the concept of carnival, grow with great influence of Latin American, African and Indigenous cultures typical of their Colombian origins and ancestors. Fantasy is present in his compositions and in the characteristics of the characters that are part of his pieces. The exuberant color in his painting is accompanied by harmonious and pleasant geometric compositions in our view, a consequence of his training as an architect.

His performance refers to issues with which we can all identify, but they are presented with characters that create distance and invite us to meditate on our own reality. At intervals of approximately 12 minutes, Forero tries to capture the universal states of human experience. Using the metaphor through dance, human counterbalancing figures present somewhat acrobatic compositions that appear on the scene as living sculptures. Dance and music talk about our moods, feelings and obligations to create a better and more equitable world, where our survival depends on teamwork and social integration. With his performance partner Alex Boudreault, Forero presents a duo portraying the life, movement and flow of our societies through spoken word and dance movements. In the performance there is a great energetic intensity that makes us wish to continue forever, but we also understand that it will culminate as an experience, which adds desire and luster.

Forero invests absolutely everything it has to offer in each creation a holistic experience full of sensibilities. Being in the presence of the complete work challenges our desires for ownership and appropriation of art work. Seeing the set we want to have and own a part, at the same time we understand its unity and we want to leave it intact. The imagination embraces absolutely all the work uniting the everyday with the exotic in true multidisciplinary representations.