Juan Carlos Ospina Ortíz
“El Pintor”

Venadillo-Tolima (Colombia – 1963)

Born in 1963 in the tropical and mountainous Venadillo-Tolima (Colombia), the young artist Juan Carlos Ospina introduces his art whilst in Spain, although he was backed by multiple exhibitions that traveled from his native country through cities as distinctive as Miami, París and Madrid. Closely linked since his beginnings in Spain to the prestigious Cartel Gallery, with branches in Málaga and Granada, he studied quite some time with the famous Chilean artist Muñóz Vera, one of the most reputable artists residing in Spain at the end of this century. Those courses, above all of techniques, are apparent in a large section of his creativity.

On the one hand he recalls a century (the 17th), with his methodical and well-balanced almost ascetic still-lifes and also artists such as Zubarán or Sánchez Cotán, who were able to pass on a deep love and feeling for the realm of trivia through their still-life work, like nobody else could. Objects were looked upon until that

But on the other hand the painter from Tolima has managed to forge a place, without preconceptions, next to the most incipient Modernism, although tinged by what we would call a timeless Classicism. His canvases and subjects treated therein are conceived stemming from an absolute reality, but it is a reality beyond its own limits, which is able to reach its greatest depths and subsequently become conscious of it.

Juan Carlos Ospina, in the bloom of his youth, is managing to break into a very difficult field; his realism is a full and blatant simile though surrounded by an unreal, sensual and disturbing halo.


  • Graphic Design:
    Centro de Estudio Artísticos, Bogotá,
  • Artistic Design:
    Estudio-Taller Ercoli Laorni, Bogotá
  • Teoría del Color y Artes Gráficas: :
    Manuel Rincón, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Paisaje al Aire Libre:
    Cooperativa de Artistas de Colombia (Cooperartes)
  • Óleo y Pintura Clásica::
    Taller Roberto Rodríguez (Bogotá)
  • Texturas en el Arte Moderno:
    Conferencias y taller de primavera 1993,
    Universidad de Sevilla, España
  • Estudio de Luz, Espacio y Color:
    Taller Homero Aguilar, París, France
  • Técnica de Pintura y Composición:
    Fundación Arauco, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Madrid, España

Collective Expositions:

  • “Pequeño Formato” Galeria Benedito,
    July 2009, Malaga, Spain
  • “Bodegones y Paisajes” Galeria Duran,
    2008 Madrid, Spain
  • “Realismo Español” De Conink Gallery,
    2007 Amsterdam, Holland
  • “Pequeño Formato” Galeria Benedito,
    July 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Malaga, Spain
  • “Salon de Arte Iberoamericano” Galeria
    Espacio Mexico, July 2005, Montreal, Canada
  • “Zodiac” Portals Gallery,
    September 2005, Chicago, Illinois
  • “El Libro” Galeria Benedito,
    July 2004, Malaga, Spain
  • “Pequeño Formato” Galeria Benedito,
    July 2004, Malaga, Spain
  • “The Spanish Collection” Stables Gallery,
    September 2003, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
  • “Cielos” Galeria Benedito,
    July 2003, Malaga, Spain
  • “Apertura de Exposiciones del
    Consulado de Colombia en España”

    June 2003, Madrid, Spain
  • “Museo Casa de la Moneda” Sammer Gallery,
    Summer 2003, Madrid, Spain
  • “Art Miami 2003” Caesarea Gallery,
    January 2003, Miami, Florida
  • “Exposición Segundo Congreso
    de Cine Español”

    November 2001, Granada, Spain
  • “Art Essential 2001” Jemec Art,
    Calgary, Canada
  • “Visions” Embassy of Colombia in United Arab Emirates, July-November 2012, Abu Dhabi,
  • “Art Texas 2001” Jemec Art,
    Dallas, Texas
  • Albermarle Gallery
    Londres, June 2000,
  • “De Sevilla a Matsu” Exposición Sala del
    Gobierno de la Isla de Matsu,
    November 2000, Tiawan, ROC
  • Fundación Arauco
    1998, Madrid, Spain
  • Galeria de Arte Cartel
    September 1998, Granada, Spain
  • Arte + Sur Cartel Fine Art
    June 1998, Málaga, Spain
  • Fantasías, Realidad o Ficción Salon Cultural
    November 1996, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Herencia Hispana” Latinamerican and
    Hispanic Art Museum,
    May 1996 Miami, Florida
  • Galeria Michangelo
    March 1996, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Galeria Michangelo
    March 1995, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Tres Artistas” Banco Granadero
    September 1995, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Un Pintor, Un Escultor y Un Moderno
    Galeria Davril, December 1996,
    Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Perfiles del Arte” Galeria Rafaello
    August 1996, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Consulado de Colombia en Miami
    July 1992, Miami, Florida

Individual Expositions:

  • “Visions” Embassy of Colombia in United Arab Emirates, July-November 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Estampas Andaluzas
    July 2011, Ronda, Spain
  • The Cook County Treasurer’s Office
    May 2008, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cesarea Gallery
    March 2007, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Casa de la Cultura Ayuntamiento
    March 2006, Fuengirola, España
  • Galería Benedito
    November 2004, Málaga, España
  • Sammer Gallery
    November 2003, Marbella, España
  • Cesarea Gallery
    October 2011, Boca Raton, Florida
  • “Naturalezas Muertas” Galeria de Arte
    Cartel Fine Art, November 2000,
    Málaga, España
  • “Fantasies et Plants Convergents”
    Consulat General de Colombie

    September 1995, Paris, France
  • “Fantasias y Caballos II” Capilla Edificio
    Marco Fidel Suarez
    ministerio de
    Relaciones Exteriores de Colombia,
    August 1994, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Fantasias y Caballos” Centro Cultural
    Colegio Gimnasio Moderno

    November 1993, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Rasgos Colombianos” Instituto
    Colombiano de Cultura Hispánica

    September 1992, Bogotá, Colombia


  • Publicación de Seis Bodegones en Edición
    de Sellos de Correos
    2003-2004 Casa de
    Moneda y Timbre, España
  • “Prestige Magazine” April 2003,
  • “Absolute Marbella” May 2003
  • “Finest” June 2003
  • “Prestige Magazine” May 2000
  • “Revista Kilix del Arte” August 2000