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Tatiana Arocha
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is rooted in my intrinsic relationship with Colombia’s bio-political landscape, particularly the vulnerable rainforest. My contemporary vision of its astounding diversity, the interdependence of its life forms and its precarious fate is framed by the vision of botanist José Celestino Mutis and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who in the 18th and 19th centuries compulsively documented the flora and fauna of this land previously unknown to Europe. Like them, I have been profoundly affected by witnessing this territory at first hand (on my anthropologist father’s expeditions). My methodology also echoes theirs. I collect specimens in the field and libraries, study their surfaces and structures to build the digital archive from which I create intricately layered and densely detailed reinventions of the natural Colombian landscape. These digital paintings and collages of ever-increasing size form immersive environments, surrounding the viewer with nature. However, the nature I create is mostly monochrome, its lack of color both referencing analogue technologies like engraving, and acting as metaphor for the endangered natural world. A few details I paint in gold, reminders of the devastating cost of man’s avarice. In works like Perpetual Flight (2016), I aim to evoke the wonder of discovery, while acknowledging the double-edged sword of science and the colonial exploitation and destruction that it often unleashes. My work can be viewed as an urgent call to preserve endangered ecosystems; and as a signpost to issues that are still being contested in bitter scientific and political battles.
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ARTIST RESUME:


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Sanctuaries Queens Botanical Garden, Queens, NY.
2016 Tropical Birds Installation, BLDG 92 & Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 Rainforest Sanctuary 4: Jai Katuma The Vazquez Building, Brooklyn, NY.
2008 Rainforest Sanctuary 3: Biofuels School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2007 Rainforest Sanctuary 2: Amazonia Servicio Ejecutivo, Williamsburg, NY.
2006 Rainforest Sanctuary 1: El Litoral Pacifico Pulse Music, New York, NY.
2005 Rainforest Sanctuary 1: El Litoral Pacifico Replicate, Williamsburg, NY.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Vagabond Time Killers The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY.
2017 Arte Latino Now 2017 Max L. Jackson Gallery, Queens University of Charlotte. Charlotte, NC.
2017 Change! Off Site Art/ArtBridge project for L’Aquila, Italy.
2016 3ra Bienal Internacional MULI De Muralismo y Arte Público, Cali, Colombia.
2016 Perpetual Flight Installation, SONYA Art Walk, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 Sinfonía Trópico Exhibition. Curated by Caridad Botella. Casa 9.69, Bogotá, Colombia.
2013 Gerald and James Exhibition: New York. Curated by Liam Hopkins. Presented by Lazerian in partnership with James Cropper, New York, NY.
2012 Secret 7” Somerset House, London.
2012 Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
2011 Alien Nation: The Art of Blending Great Western Studios, London.
2010 Heart for Haiti Aperture Gallery, New York, NY.
2007 Art by Design The Untitled Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
2006 Graphic Contents Mixi-Bang, Los Angeles, CA.
2005 Que Día es Hoy? Minimal, Bogotá, Colombia.
2005 SMUT Curated by Héctor Casanova and Renée Laferriere. The Green Door Gallery,
Kansas City, MO.
2004 Anamnesis Curated by Héctor Casanova and Renée Laferriere. The Green Door Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
2004 Curvy Curated by Robert Bergin. Semi Permanent Conference, Sydney, Australia.
2003 Brasil Inspired: Cooking with Maria RES Festival, NY.

AWARDS
2017 LABVerde Art Immersion Program In The Amazon (August)
2017 Arquetopia Gold Leafing and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency.
2016 Mural Arts Philadelphia Training Program.
2016 The Wassaic Artist Residency.
2016 3x3 International Illustration Show, Merit & Honorable Mention.
2010 SILA – Illustration West 47, Honorable Mention.
2009 Lürzers Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide.

COMMISSIONS
2017 Bryant Park MTA Subway Station (coming up)
2017 Dekalb Market Hall, City Point Brooklyn curated by BRIC Arts Media.
2016 Goethe-Institut Kolumbien.
2015 Goethe-Institut Kolumbien & Sinfonía Trópico.
2015 SundanceTV, New York, NY.
2012 Bomba Estereo, Colombia.
2012 Lincoln, Detroit, MI.
2011 La Hechicera Rum, Colombia.
2011 Arbor Collective Snowboards, Venice, CA.
2009 Red Yellow Sun, Sarah Fimm, New York, NY.
2008 Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2007 SundanceTV, New York, NY.

EDUCATION
1999 BFA Graphic Design. Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá, Colombia.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2016 Fresh Paint Magazine Issue 12.
2013 Playing with Type: 50 graphic experiments for exploring typographic design principles Edited by Lara McCormick, Rockport Publishers.
2011 Logology 2 Victionary.
2011 The Tote Bag Paperback Edited by Jitesh Patel, Laurence King.
2009 Stash DVD Magazine Issue No.55.
2009 Psst! Pass It On 3
2008 Logo Art, Innovation in Logo Design Edited by Charlotte Rivers, Rotovision.
2008 Promo Art, Innovation in Invitations, Greetings, and Business Cards Edited by Charlotte Rivers, Rotovision.
2008 Los Logos 4 Edited by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige Adekine Mollard and Hans Baltezer, Die Gestalten Verlag.
2008 Fashion Wonderland Victionary.
2007 Illusive 2 Edited by Robert Klanten & Hendrik Hellige. Die Gestalten Verlag.
2006 Digital Habitat RES Magazine Vol 9. Edited by Sue Apfelbaum and Jesse Ashlock.
2006 Tres Logos Edited by Robert Klanten and Nicolas Bourquin. Die Gestalten Verlag.
2006 Flying Solo Dynamic Graphics Magazine; author, Kristin L. Wolfe.
2005 DVD Art, Innovation in DVD Packaging and Design Edited by Charlotte Rivers, Rotovision.
2005 On Air: The Visual Messages and Global Language of MTV Edited by R. Klanten, C. Jofre and MTV. Die Gestalten Verlag.
2005 A Book Designed to Help Edited by R. Klanten, B. Meyer, Th. Geiger & iLovedust. Die Gestalten Verlag.
2004 Curvy Edited by Robert Bergin. Yen Media.
2004 Graphic Magazine No. 4, The Environments Issue Edited by Lachlan Blackley. Magma Books.
2003 Brasil Inspired Edited by Nando Costa, Miguel Vasquez/MASA & R. Klanten. Die Gestalten Verlag.

ONLINE
Why Are Tropical Birds Popping Up All Over Brooklyn
http://www.audubon.org/news/why-are-tropical-birds-popping-all-over-brooklyn
Put A Bird On It: Art That Addresses Climate Change
http://freerange.workingnotworking.com/blog/2016/5/9/tropical-birds
Tatiana Arocha: Lo subjetivo de habitar la selva
http://sinfoniatropico.org/es/blog/tatiana-arocha-lo-subjetivo-de-habitar-la-selva
Tatiana Arocha: Unabated Inspiration
http://99u.com/articles/5682/tatiana-arocha-unabated-inspiration
Interview: Tatiana Arocha
http://inkygoodness.com/blog/interviews/interview-tatiana-arocha/
http://lalaalu.com/meet-our-urban-artiste-curator-tatiana-arocha/
Land Your Dream Job
http://www.creativebloq.com/computer-arts/land-your-dream-job-5099092
Rainforest Sanctuaries Series of Tatiana Arocha
http://apeonthemoon.com/2009/04/16/rainforest-sanctuaries-series-of-tatiana-arocha/

AFFILIATIONS
Sinfonía Trópico.
Art Directors Club 50/50 Initiative.

CURATING
2008 Working Space 08: Artists employing a wide variety of media AAI's Rotating Studio Program, Cuchifritos Gallery/Project Space, New York, NY.
2008 Biome Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 Red Dessert by Heather Hart, Servicio Ejecutivo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 Blood, Sweat & Tires Servicio Ejecutivo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 Worry by Renée Laferriere, Servicio Ejecutivo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2005 Los Lost Ejecutivos Servicio Ejecutivo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2005 Writing in My Own Language Backwards by Jenny Brown, Servicio Ejecutivo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
 








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