Adriana Espinosa Calle

Art Statement

Explored in different ways, the foundation of my work is memory and identity. 

In the mixed-media drawings there is a combination of identity documents, certificates, authenticity attests, mail seals, pre-Columbian symbols and portraiture. Protagonists, spaces, facts and events (these being personal or historical events) create unique conditions to build our singularity, and nonetheless we have to certify constantly who we are, what we do or own. For this reason, I am interested in the traces, particularly those that people in American continents have left to perpetuate their existence, from petroglyphs to bar codes.

Ultimately, I would like my drawings to inspire reflection on the importance of the deep meaning of identity versus legality.


Born in Bogotá DC, Colombia in 1953. Works in Bogotá and resides in Chia, suburb of the capital. Graduated in Visual Arts from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Between 1984 and 1987 she produced 30 metal engravings to illustrate the biography of three important scientist that worked in Nueva Granada (Colombia) in 1800. The book Mutis, Caldas, Codazzi, Forgers of Culture, was written by Hermann A. Schumacher, (1839-1890). She specialized on chalcography engraving technic studying in the National Chalcography of Rome (1987-1989). In 1988 she won the silver plate in Giorgio Mondadori’s Prize-Art and made her first solo exhibition at Ferro di Cavallo Gallery in Rome.

From 1990 she started to make a series of drawings inspired in identity documents.

Her art works have been exhibited at various international art events such as the VII Biennial of Graphic Arts in Puerto Rico (1986), VIII Latin American Biennial of Art in Mexico (1992), XIV Mini Print International, Gadaques, Spain (1994, International Biennial of Drawing, Joseph Amat, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain (2001),  I Exhibition from Latinamerican Asociation of Graphic Artist, AAGL, Bogotá, 2009, I- II-III and IV International Exhibitions of the Xalubinia Workshop, in Menorca (2007, 2008, 2009), New York (2010), 32nd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition, Agora Gallery, New York, 2017. She has also done Individual Exhibitions in Bogotá. 

Actually, she teaches drawing in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana at the Art Department.

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