Alejandro Obregón

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Alejandro Obregón , (full name: Alejandro Jesús Obregón Roses ; born June 4, 1920 in Barcelona , † April 11, 1992 in Cartagena de Indias ) was a Colombian - Spanish painter .


Obregón was born in Barcelona, Catalonia , in 1920 and six years later emigrated with his parents to Barranquilla, Colombia . The family moved back to Barcelona in 1929. From 1930 to 1934 he studied at Stony Hurst College in Liverpool and another two years in Boston , USA . In 1936 he interrupted his studies and worked for his family's textile company in Barranquilla until 1938. He then hired himself as a driver and interpreter for the oil companies in the Catatumbo . In 1939 he resumed his studies in Boston. As Colombian Vice Consul , he lived in Barcelona from 1940 to 1944. In 1942 he assisted in the Acadèmia de la Llotja and also gave free painting courses. In 1944 he returned to Colombia and taught at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Bogotá . In 1945 he exhibited for the first time in the National Library in Bogotá. His pictures often have political motives. A year later he settled in Barranquilla. In 1947 he received Le Corbusier in his workshop , who, however, was not very euphoric about Obregón's work. In 1949 Obregón moved to France . After a short trip to Paris , he settled near Avignon until 1954 . There he works geometrically and clearly with influences from Cubism . He returned to Colombia and settled in Cartagena, where he worked with Guillermo Wiedemann , Santiago Martínez Delgado , Enrique Grau and Ricardo Gómez Campuzano . In the middle of the 20th century he was part of the Grupo de Barranquilla , a group of writers, painters and philosophers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez . From 1957 to 1958, Obregón toured France and the United States. From 1958 he gave up the geometries in his works and increasingly turned to expressionist techniques.

Obregón was buried in the family mausoleum in the General Cemetery of Barranquilla.


  • 1955: III. Hispanoamericana Biennial in Barcelona
  • 1956: First prize at the Gulf Caribbean International Exhibition in Houston , Texas, USA.
  • 1956: Premio Guggenheim International, Bogotá, Colombia for his picture Velorio .
  • 1957: Second prize in the X. Salón Anual de Artistas Colombianos for his painting Estudiante muerto
  • 1962: First National Prize for Painting in the Salón Nacional de Artistas de Colombia for Violencia
  • 1966: First National Prize for Painting in the Salón Nacional de Artistas de Colombia for Ícaro y las avispas


Simbología de Barranquilla (1956).
Telecóndor : Sculpture in front of the former Telecom building in Barranquilla.
  • Barracuda , 51 cm x 76.4 cm, acrylic
  • Composition , 20 cm × 97 cm, oil on canvas
  • Cóndor de los Andes (1959)
  • Estudiante muerto (1957)
  • Flor de mangle (around 1966), 30.5 cm × 23.2 cm, oil on wood on a metal plate
  • Ganado ahogándose en el Magdalena (1955)
  • Masacre (1948), oil
  • Nube Gris (1948)
  • Untitled (1982), 39.6 cm × 49.8 cm, acrylic on canvas
  • Pez Dorado (1947)
  • Simbología de Barranquilla (1956)
  • Telecóndor , sculpture in Barranquilla
  • Toro-Cóndor (1960)
  • Velorio. Estudiante fusilado (1956), Oil, deals with the murdered students in the riots of June 8 and 9, 1954 in Colombia


  • 1945: First solo exhibition in the Biblioteca Nacional de Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 1948: Solo exhibition in the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos, Colombia.
  • 1953: Solo exhibition in Montélimar , France.
  • 1954: Solo exhibition at the Galerie Creuze de Paris, France.
  • 1955: Solo exhibition at the Pan American Union in Washington, DC
  • 1955: Participation in the II Biennale de São Paulo , Brazil.
  • 1955: Participation in the III. Hispanoamericana de Barcelona Biennale, Spain.
  • 1956: Solo exhibition at the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos, Colombia.
  • 1956: Solo exhibition at the Club de Profesionales de Medellín , Colombia.
  • 1956: Solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno la Tertulia, Cali , Colombia.


  • Álvaro Mutis , Triptych of Water and Land. (Tríptico de mar y tierra, 1993), includes Obregón in his novel.

Web links

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Individual evidence

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