I approach the city as a visual archeologist in search of evidence of the constant interplay between man attempting to conquer nature, and nature’s resilience to restore balance. Hints of this transformation are present in the different types of architecture layered in our cities, the different materials used in construction, and the marks left by the forces of nature on the man-made structures. From this array of forms, colors, and structures, I appropriate recurrent objects that have a strong symbolic potential, such as windmills, electric towers, chimneys, and buildings, which serve as metaphors for modern society, and I lay them in my compositions against a backdrop that symbolizes the forces of nature and the spiritual realm.
Gabriel Restrepo was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1972. He studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in that city. Shortly after graduation, he had the opportunity to work as an art instructor and Art History teacher, at the same time he participated in collective exhibitions. His main focus at the time was sculpture. In 1999 he immigrated to the United States in order to further his studies of Fine Arts, Animation, and Film. In addition to painting, Restrepo also enjoys script writing and cartooning. He currently lives in San Jose, California.