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Nico Amortegui

MALO Statement
​In the beginning, I wanted to depict the constantly changing direction of my home country (Colombia) as the imagery of my patria was (is) always with me. I am the byproduct of a close-knit, artistic family filled with architects, carpenters, designers, photographers, and artists. Today, I paint out of necessity. As an immigrant to the US in the late 90s, I became starkly aware of the transaction between two 'allied' countries and my encounters in this place we had always referred to as the "American Dream." Throughout my art practice, I enjoy illustrating 'snapshots' of a peripatetic lifestyle - one that was focused on survival of the time - my own (as an immigrant) and of those I encountered along the way. Creating portraits of others who have defied the odds and/or were infamous or honorable in one life time can take over my canvasses as well.

My work is often full of unapologetic color and is a direct product of my expressed energy -
meaning there are no sketches or previous drawings. I work solely from in-the- moment energy and I transfer what I see and feel on to the canvas. The urgency and pace (I employ) to materialize what I see very real to me. The rawness of my work exemplifies how my realities were never picture-perfect as the images I render are not either.

​ MALO Bio
Nico Amortegui was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He has lived and worked in the United States since the late 1990s. His current artistic focus is large-scale paintings on canvas or wood panels and sculpting and wood-working with found objects. He now resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and two daughters.

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