Natalia Castañeda Arbelaez
Born in 1982 in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogota, Colombia
Natalia Castañeda Arbelaez holds a Diplome DNSBA Ecole Nacional superieur de Beaux-Arts. Paris. France (2009), Specialization in Multimedia’s Creation (2006) and BFA from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota (2004). Castaneda is an associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad El Bosque, Bogota. She has exhibited widely in Colombia and has participated in the CRAC Residence, Chile (2011) and BATISCAFO Residence, Cuba (2006).
Her work expands the limits of drawing and painting, bringing them closer to sculpture, creating topographies that reveal themselves through their interaction with the observer. The atmospheric patterns and gestural impulses retain the poetic approach of craftsmanship in order to get immersed into the landscape through unexpected encounters. She works the territory from cartography for free ranging, departing from emotion, memory, the journey and mysticism, and seeking a respectful sight of the environment to restore the essential and spiritual connection with nature.