Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar born in Pamplona in 1922, was one of Colombia’s abstract art pioneers. Protagonist of a long and prolific artistic career that began in the 1940s when he entered Universidad Nacional’s School of Fine Arts, master Ramírez Villamizar always remained faithful to geometric abstraction since his first encounter with abstract art in Paris in the 1950s. He won the International Guggenheim prize in 1958 and first prize in sculpture in various versions of the National Salon of Artists. Ramírez Villamizar played a fundamental role in the internationalization of Colombian art. For many years he was a prominent figure in the cultural exchange with the most important artistic centers in the world: Paris and New York embraced his work and allowed him to become part of the international artistic sphere. Through rigor, discipline and hard work he set off on the path to painting, went on to create unmistakable...reliefs and arrived at sculpture, always through the route of abstract forms and compositions. In numerous national and international exhibitions, as a guest in various group exhibitions and as the author of major public artworks, both in Colombia and abroad, this artist from northern Santander always expressed a marked interest in pre-Columbian art and in nature’s geometric forms. Ramírez Villamizar founded the Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar Museum of Modern Art in 1990 in Pamplona, the city of his birth, his last major work and a significant contribution to Colombian art. He died in Bogota in August 2004.
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