As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Dose # 61: PENCILS 7 – Federico Uribe’s Pencils & Ties Sculptures

Today, we come to the last part of our PENCILS series with mind-blowing art that starts with an assembly of coloured pencils and the direction of a genius – Federico Uribe!

Dose # 55-61- PENCILS

Dose #61:
PENCILS 7– Pencils & Ties Sculptures
Art by Federico Uribe

The Idea: using coloured pencils and cable ties to create large sculptural works

Spotted at: federicouribe.com

Mother-Madre by uribe

Art by Federico Uribe


Madre-Mother (close-up)
Art by Federico Uribe

A Little about Federico Uribe:

” Born in Bogota, Colombia, Federico Uribe lives and works in Miami. His artwork resists classification. Rooted in the craft of sculpture and paint, it rises from intertwining everyday objects in all possible and surprising ways, but still with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art.

Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and in 1988 left for New York to study a master-of-fine-arts degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer. It was the beginning of a journey that included years of studies and work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and finally Miami.

Initially his formation began as a painter with sensual and brooding canvases influenced by his dark reflections on the Catholic sense of pain, guilt and sexuality.

In 1996, abandoning his paintbrushes and attracted by the usually neglected beauty of simple objects in daily use, he began to observe them with care, collect them, set them side by side and combine them. They became unusual instruments of a new aesthetic, full of color, irony and lively playfulness.”  Read more

“Uribe creates sculptures which are not sculpted but constructed and weaved, in curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive ways. They follow the classical canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is absolutely whimsical, yet contains enormous efficacy and communicability.” 
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Federico’s process in his own words:
“The whole process of working with objects is like playing with clouds when we were kids. You’re looking at the sky and you think this cloud looks like an elephant, or it looks like a butterfly, or it looks like superman, or it looks like whatever it looks like . This is my 24 hours life – everything to me looks like something else.” – F.U. on Intimate View

Learn more about this creative genius – Federico Uribe (born in Bogota,Columbia; based in Miami, Florida, USA)

“Growing up I never thought that this was art, I thought this was just entertainment. It took me a long time to understand that it was what a lot of people consider art. I painted traditional paintings relating to religion, sexuality and pain. And then one day I decided I couldn’t do that anymore and decided to start playing with objects. And I felt that every object that you choose you had to say something about yourself and your confrontations with life. With time, I learned that celebrating life was better than complaining about it. So I do work that have the intention of celebrating life and making people smile and remember that there’s beauty out there if you are looking for it. It’s a moment of reconciliation with life for the people that witness it.”– F.U. on Intimate View

“I remember when I was young, I listened to Bach’s sonata – And I remember it made me so happy to be alive because I heard that. I always kept this feeling with me that I want people to reconcile with life because they see something that they find beautiful.” – F.U. on Intimate View

Learn more about Federico’s world through his website

View his installations in 3D : Animal Farm, Once Upon A Time, The Realm of the Unreal

rx-logo-11So do…ponder on this life lesson from Federico Uribe: “celebrating life is better than complaining about it.” 


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