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“The stone, it’s not one more object. Perhaps, it’s the most privileged and symbolic among all the elements in the world, because none of them - water, air, soil, or fire - have deserved being utilized as much as the stone for art expressions”. - Hugo Zapata.



雨果 • 萨帕塔



Hugo Zapata was born in Quindio, Colombia in 1945.  He studied sculpting from a young age, eventually becoming a professor at the National University of Colombia, Medellin.  Following his tenure, Zapata’s primary and professional focus became his craft.  His initial work in the 1970’s was oriented towards serigraphs, balancing various techniques to express the tension between geometry and free style, man and nature, a method that would prevail throughout his work. Zapata’s serigraphs evolved into 3-dimensional form, created by carving into extracted riverbed rock, which resulted in numerous large-scale, award-winning public installations throughout Europe and the Americas.

Zapata’s process is complex in both its labor and philosophy.

In communion with the stone, the sacred rock, he begins the labor of decanting, stripping to expose that which is its own unique essence.  The task is to unmask the nature of that rock “being”.  The rock is geography; geography, the morphology of the natural world.  It is part of a place, of a specific territorial image, of a physical identity located in time and space. 

Utilizing Earth’s sacred geographic elements, Zapata’s work represents the landscape of the lived experience, in which man and nature coexist as witnesses of one’s reflection from the other.  His work exposes the history and mysteries of the landscape by stripping away the layers of its identity.  Through the materials of the earth, he makes the occult visible, reminding us about the notion of art as the activity which creates new meanings.

Hugo Zapata's work has been celebrated and revered worldwide in various internationally recognized venues and institutions. He is currently conducting a solo exhibition in Paris.



1945 - Born in La Tebaida, Quindío, Colombia.
1963 - 1966 Studies Plastic Arts at the University of Antioquia.
1967 - Earns tenure at Universidad Nacional, Medellin campus, Colombia, where he is
Professor Emeritus.
1972 - Graduates in architecture from Universidad Nacional, Medellin.



  • PUBLIC WORK: Banco de la República (central bank of Colombia), Cash Management Center, West Sculpture, Basalt Carving, 500 Square Meters, Bogota, Colombia.


  • Arte Américas, “The Latin America Art Fair”, Sextante Gallery, Miami Beach, USA.
  • ArteBa, Sextante Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • University Eafit, “Hugo Zapata Memory and Landscape, Engravings, and Sculptures.”
  • Contemporary Chaco Art Fair, Sextante Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
  • Poster design for the XXVII Bogota Film Festival.
  • ArtBo, Sextante Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
  • Pinta, Sextante Gallery, New York, USA.


  • His work “WITNESSES” is exhibited at the Bancolombia Corporation's headquarters in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Latin Art Naples, USA.
  • Arte Américas, Sextante Gallery, Miami Beach, USA.
  • First Contemporary Chaco Art Fair, Sextante Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
  • ArtBo, Sextante Gallery. Bogota, Colombia.
  • Pinta, Sextante Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.


  • Invited artist at Expo Zaragoza, 2008, where he represented Latin America, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Isabel Aninat Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
  • Pinta, Sextante Gallery, New York, USA.


  • Kreisler Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
  • Joan Guaita Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • Arte Américas, Sextante Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • Chants of the Earth, Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, MAMBO, Bogota, Colombia.


  • Iberoamerican Art Fair (FIA), Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Cervantine Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • ARTBO, Bogota, Colombia.


  • ARTBO, Bogota, Colombia.


  • MACO Art Fair, Quinta Gallery, Mexico City.
  • ECOS, Sextante Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
  • El Museo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.


  • ArtMiami, Quinta Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • Invited to London by Grupo Metal, London, UK.
  • Colombo Americano, “The Origin, The Memory, The Landscape”, Medellin, Colombia.
  • Iberoamerican Art Fair (FIA), Caracas, Venezuela.


  • Iberoamerican Art Fair (FIA), Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Cecilia Gonzales Gallery, Lima, Peru.
  • Forum F Gallery, Lima, Peru.


  • Primitive Rituals, La Oficina Gallery, Medellin, Colombia. Grupo LI Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela. Quinta Gallery, Cartagena, Colombia.


  • “AGORA”, EAFIT university campus, Medellin, Colombia.
  • “CALICE”, Latin America Sculpture Park, Natanya, Israel.


  • “PYRAMID OF THE INDIES” project, Naval Museum, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • “HUGO ZAPATA”, Quinta Gallery, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • “HUGO ZAPATA”, Noel Gallery, North Carolina, USA.
  • “ARCO 99”, Madrid, Spain.
  • International Fair of Contemporary Art (FIAC), Paris, France.
  • Cecilia González Gallery, Lima, Peru.


  • Retrospective Exhibition at the Pereira Museum of Art and at the Museum of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
  • Cecilia Gonzales Gallery, Lima, Peru.
  • Forum Gallery, Lima, Peru.
  • “The Option for Nature”, El Museo Gallery, Portobelo, Bogota, Colombia.
  • “Limitless”, Venezuelan Center of Culture, Bogota, Colombia.


  • “Ten Days with Zapata”, Arts Forum Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 4.17 Gallery, Madrid, Spain.


  • Installation of his sculpture “LONGOS”, at the International Airport El Dorado, Bogota, Colombia.


  • “Vessels, Basins, and Eyes of Water”, Garcés Velásquez Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.


  • “The Appropriation of Landscape”, Museum of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


  • La Oficina Gallery, Medellin, Colombia.


  • “Zapata 1978-1987”, Suramericana Art Room, Medellin, Colombia.


  • La Oficina Gallery, Medellin, Colombia.
  • Belarca Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
  • Letra de Cali Gallery, Colombia.

Zapata has participated in group exhibitions since 1975 in Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Sao Paulo, Roma, London Kingdom, Brussels, Avignon, New York, Miami, and Seoul.


  • “Cafeto de Oro Artes Plásticas” award. Armenia Town Council, Quindío, Colombia.


  • Colombian artist selected by Israel to install his sculpture “CALICE”, in the Latin America Sculpture Park in Natanya, Israel.


  • Research scholarship “ART AND NATURE”, Ministry of Culture, Colombia.


  • Selected for the Luis Caballero contest, with his work ‘MANTLES”, Museo Distrital, Bogota.
  • Special Guest at the “Lima I Biennial”, Peru.
  • Homage in the 50th Anniversary of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional, campus Medellin. “Paradigms of Plastic Arts Teaching” award.


  • Professor Emeritus in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


  • Represents Colombia in the G3 international meeting with his project “PYRAMID OF THE INDIES”, Convention Center, Cartagena, Colombia.


  • First Prize at the XXXII Exhibition Hall of Colombian Artists. Cartagena.
  • First Prize. National Contest of Sculpture Public Artwork, “Path”, for the Rio Grande II Dam, Empresas Publicas de Medellín, Colombia.


  • Honorable mention at the “IV Visual Arts Regional Exhibition Hall”, Manizales, Colombia.
  • Third prize “Visual Arts Regional Exhibition Hall” for his work “RITES AND ITUALS”, Medellin, Colombia.
  • First prize, National Contest of Sculpture Public Artwork, “PORTICOS”, for the International Airport José María Córdova, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia.


  • Chile's University Medal for his work “RITES AND RITUALS”, IV Biennial art exhibition of Valparaiso, Chile.


  • Honorable mention at the “II Visual Arts Exhibition Hall”.


  • “IV Artistic April" award, Medellin, Colombia.





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