Ana Mercedes Hoyos was a pioneer in contemporary art that focused on the complexity of Colombian culture
Today’s Doodle honors Ana Mercedes Hoyos, a distinguished Colombian artist. She was an award-winning painter and sculptor who won over seventeen national and international awards.
Ana Mercedes Hoyos was a pioneer in contemporary art that focused on the complexity of Colombian culture. On this day in 1968, Ana Mercedes Hoyos was awarded first place in the “Environmental Spaces” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá.
Born into a family of architects in Bogotá, Colombia on September 29, 1942, Ana Mercedes Hoyos was encouraged to study art history from an early age. He attended Colegia Marymount before studying visual arts at the University of the Andes.
She initially explored more minimalist and abstract styles, which led to her first Ventanas (Windows) series. Many consider this collection the turning point of her career, as she won the Caracas National Salon of Artists Award in Colombia.
In the following decades, Hogios ventured into new spheres. In the mid-1970s, he launched Atmósferas (Atmospheres), a series exploring the parameters of light that gained international recognition. He then created works with flora and fruit commonly found in Carthage, where he lived in the 1980s.
Hoyos’ artistic journey eventually led her to still life paintings that explored the multicultural diversity of Colombia.
These still lifes combined exaggerated light with explosive tropical colors to capture the rich cultures and landscapes of the Caribbean. Hoyos’ paintings depicted Afro-Colombian heritage in a magical, enchanting way.
Today, the world can enjoy her work in prestigious art institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the United Nations University in Tokyo, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, and perhaps most importantly, the Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá, where her journey began.
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