Miguel Ángel Rojas

Miguel Ángel Rojas is an artist whose extensive career has addressed a multiplicity of themes. His work is marked by a strong presence of subjective elements and a careful exchange with the discourse of art and the problems of its environment. Some concerns that permeate his research are sexuality, ecology, the phenomenon of drug trafficking and its repercussions. It is, then, an extensive career solidly anchored in a life context that gives it originality and, at the same time, significant artistic and political relevance.

Rojas has explored intimate aspects related to sexuality in Colombia, especially in the period of training and beginning of the artist; He “assumes a homoerotic position when the motivations that lead him to deal with some of those issues, in the process of his appearance as a work of art, cross the human body.” For decades, Rojas explored photographic documents of clandestine gay encounters in the cinemas of downtown Bogotá in the 1970s. In these series, he plays with the codes of art that not only belong to the artistic medium, but also to the marginal sexual subculture from which they emerge.

Without leaving aside themes of a self-referential nature with the development of proposals that allow him to delve into a critical and intimate introspection of his being, Rojas has explored external and contextual themes, such as the political and social realities of his country. The critical and evocative look, always present in his images, has led him to denounce the causes and consequences generated by the armed conflict on the marginalized communities of Colombia, as well as the damage to the territories caused by extractive companies - legal and illegal. and the war on drugs.

At various points in his artistic journey, Miguel Ángel Rojas turned to drawing, engraving, photography, video, painting, installation and other hybrid forms of creation, always willing to use or invent the necessary forms of expression. to convey your ideas. He brings to light issues that tend to remain underestimated and hidden in everyday life and, by illuminating them, reveals those prejudices that hinder the assimilation of the differences and the different social problems that inhabit our nation. He has become a vital reference for Contemporary Art in Colombia and Latin America, being a pioneer in current techniques and themes to which he continues to approach with acuity.

“In these early years, speaking chronologically does not make much sense, because I feel that my works from the seventies are precisely parallel processes and leaps that I would call illogical. I made etchings and drawings, but also self-portraits in my studio, tears, intaglios, seams, photographic reductions, and all this in parallel with my experiences in theaters. I had already looked through the holes, under the doors of the theater bathrooms with the camera. What I mean is that at that time I had an eclectic attitude, open to experimentation."

Artworks

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Gringos (installation)

Miguel Ángel Rojas

El camino corto 1

Miguel Ángel Rojas

At the other side (diptych)

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Bloque y columna

Miguel Ángel Rojas

¡Bratatá!

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Hormigas tropicales en nieve sucia

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Aluvión III

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Aluvión II

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Aluvión I

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Ensayo del Nuevo Dorado

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Carbón Carbón II

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Carbón Carbón I

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Dark Amazonas

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Victoria Regia

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Victoria Regia

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Sed

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primeras Pruebas del David

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 1

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 2

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 3

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 4

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 5

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 6

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 7

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Primaria 8

Exhibitions

Contra-política

Collective exhibition

17 of February - 24 of April, 2023

Quiebramales

Miguel Ángel Rojas

2 of March - 3 of May, 2024

400 blows

Miguel Ángel Rojas

2 of December - 10 of February, 2024