b. 1971 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Leonard Codex Lithography Workshop, Brooklyn, New York.
Freehand Drawing Human Figure, Atellier d'art Chevreuse, Paris, France.
Antique and Modern Techniques with Human Figure. Investigation and Appreciation of the Great Masters of Drawing, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
School of Visual Arts, University of Guadalajara Jal. Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico City
Nothing is what it seems to be; everything seems to be what it isn’t, and appearances are constantly mutating
- Sofía Echeverri
Sofía Echeverri works across a range of media including drawing, painting and printmaking. Her work involves an exploration into human intervention and the creation of meaning. The artist explains, “I'm interested in observing human behavior in situations of power and the use of fiction in what purports to be reality.”
Echeverri’s aesthetic involves an engagement with collage and juxtaposition. In the series entitled Actualizations, the artist appropriates historical artworks and replaces parts of the work with contemporary images. For example, Marat Stabbed in his Bath by the 18th century artist Louis David is given a tattooed arm, while Lucas Cranach’s Stag Hunt of the Elector Frederic the Wise shows a 16th century landscape supplanted by a contemporary pylon and storage container. This series not only contains a sharp wit, it demonstrates the artist’s eye for composition. Each ‘intervention’ takes the form of a circular image that seamlessly integrates with the original image: creating visually powerful and arresting re-visions of art history. In her newest series of paintings entitled Trampland, created during a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, Echeverri continues this strategy of fragmentation and collage. Each landscape is a painterly composite of different landscapes, real and imagined. When creating this series, the artist was interested in examining the impact of man on the landscape. Both bodies of work emphasise the manmade nature of imagery. No image is ever an objective record, but a subjective interpretation as accounted by the artist’s imagination.
Echeverri has been the recipient of numerous awards including, Honourable Mention, National Biennial XI Diego Rivera Drawing and Engraving, Guanajuato, Guanajuato. Mexico (2004) and First Prize in Painting at the October Salon, Ex convent of Carmen. Guadalajara. Jalisco. Mexico (1995). Echeverri’s work is included the following important collections: Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Collection of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Mexico City; Diego Rivera Museum, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.