Nicolás Paris

Nicolás Paris was born in 1977 in Bogotá, Colombia
He lives and works in Bogotá

Nicolás Paris was born in 1977 in Bogotá, Colombia. He lives and works in Bogotá.

He has cultivated an interdisciplinary artistic practice characterized by its subtlety and meticulousness. His work is distinguished by its ability to foster an elevated awareness of the every day, promoting deeper interactions with the surrounding environment and emphasizing the notion that art finds its roots in the experience of understanding and understanding the experience.

A central aspect of Paris’s artistic practice revolves around exploring classroom structures and pedagogical strategies. Before fully dedicating himself to art, he worked as a teacher in rural areas of Colombia, which provided him with a unique perspective on the importance of systems of reinterpretation in the educational process. This experience has become one of the foundational pillars of his artistic projects, wherein he employs pedagogical tactics within the exhibition context to encourage collaborative, open-ended research with participant spectators in settings akin to laboratories. In this process, Paris transforms the exhibition space into a locus of equal, communal, and investigative exchange and dialogue, all centered around the collective development of concrete artistic projects.

Nicolás Paris’s creations encompass installations, drawings, objects, workshops/happenings, videos, and collaborative pedagogical projects. Their delicacy and tranquility characterize them. They function as visual supports that employ the fundamental elements of art, architecture, and education as syntax and grammar to develop other means of communication. For Paris, the artistic medium is not an end or a result but a starting point and a catalyst for a fleeting, versatile, and ephemeral experience.

His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, New York (2019); Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain (2018); Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France (2013); MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico (2012); MAMM Museo de Arte de Medellín, Colombia (2009); MUSAC Museo de Arte Cotemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2008).

Paris’ work is part of international collections, including the Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Austria; the MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; La Caixa Colección de Arte Contemporáneo, Barcelona, Spain; the JUMEX Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Muso de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia and the MAMM Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia.

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