Ricardo Valbuena

Ricardo Valbuena

Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia

About Ricardo Valbuena

A life of Art, International Travel and Spirituality.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1960. At the age of nine my mother, who had become a widow when I was 2 years old, was posted as a Diplomat and sent to Vienna, Austria where my family (my mother and her four children) lived for two years. This started a life of international travel, which has continued to the present day.

After Austria we moved to Quito, Ecuador where we remained for three years. Then we went to Bilbao, Spain where we lived for four years, and where I finished my high school education.

In 1979 we returned to Colombia where I was expected to go to university to study medicine. When I was due to start medical studies, the National University went on strike for a few months. This allowed me, who had an interest in drawing and painting from an early age, to take a drawing course at the studio of, Colombian artist, David Manzur.

Two years later in 1981, after few months of medical studies, and three semesters of Architecture at the University of Los Andes, I finally made the decision to become a painter. I began working and studying on my own.

In 1982 I moved to London with the intention of studying art. The high cost of College for a foreign student, and the lack of funds forced me to continue to teach myself to draw and paint.

In 1986 I had my first one man show in London, and in 1987 my first solo show in Colombia, at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota. I was the youngest artist to have had a one man show there.

I remained in London until 1990. During this period I continued to exhibit in London, Bogota, and Paris.

At the beginning of 1990, tired with the city life and my own urban subject matter, I slashed with red paint all of the paintings in the studio and left London for South America in search of wild nature and open spaces. Later that year, a one man show of my “red slashed” paintings was held at Long & Ryle Art International in London with the artist in absentia.

After ten months of traveling through remote areas of Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Colombia, I settled in the countryside in Colombia and began painting landscapes.

As part of my quest I was invited to the Amazon basin, where through Ayahuasca initiations with native Shamans I discovered Yoga. I returned to the studio in the countryside to paint, and begin the study and practice of Yoga.
In 1992, after two one man shows, one in Bogota, and one in London, I went to India for a six month Sanyas initiation course at the Bihar School of Yoga. There I was to remain for two years studying and teaching Yoga, as well as working in the art department of the Ashram. I also made time to travel through India.

At the end of 1994 I went back to Europe, and then to Morocco and the United States, where he was to meet my future wife. I then returned to Morocco to paint for all of 1995 in the High Atlas Mountains above Marrakech.

In 1996 I had a one man show of my Moroccan landscapes in London. I lived for most of the year between London, the U.S.A., and the South of France. At the end of the year I returned to Morocco where I painted for most of 1997 in Marrakech, and the High Atlas.

In October of 1997 I moved to Ireland as a resident of the Cill Rialaig Project in County Kerry on the west coast of the island, and at the Origin Gallery in Dublin. In 1998 through 2000 I was to spend periods of time in Ireland painting and exhibiting in one man shows, both in Dublin and Kerry. I also spent time living and painting in Boulder, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area of California in the U.S.A.

From 2002 to 2012 I lived in Oakland, California while my work was shown in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates. During 2013 to mid 2015 I lived and painted in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California and since September 2015 I’m living and painting in Bogota, Colombia my native country, where he had another One Man Show at the end of 2014.









Education

EDUCATION
1979-1980 Architecture, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
1979-1981 Taller de David Manzur, Bogota, Colombia
1992-1994 Yoga, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India



Exhibitions

Selected One Man Exhibitions

1986 Quinton Green Fine Art, London
1987 Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia
1990 Long & Ryle Art International, London
1992 Galeria Alfred Wild, Bogota, Colombia
Long & Ryle Art International, London
1996 Long & Ryle Art International, London
1998 Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2000 Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2001 Gallery-Restaurant Mogador, Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A.
2002 Gallery-Restaurant Mogador, Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A.
2003 Gallery-Restaurant Mogador, Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A.
2004 Gallery-Restaurant Mogador, Aspen Colorado, U.S.A.
2006 Aitken Ltd., Centro de Diseno Portobello, Bogota, Colombia
2010 Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2011 School of Rock, Bogota, Colombia
2012 Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2014 Unbrales de Luz, Fundacion Grau, Bogota, Colombia

Selected Group Exhibitions

1981 Salon de Artistas, Fundacion Gilberto Alzate Avendano, Bogota, Colombia
1982 Colombian Art in the Twentieth Century, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota,
1983 Two Painters: Galeria San Lucas, Bogota, Colombia
1984 Colombian Artists living in Europe, Leighton House, London
1985 Colombian Art in the World; Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia
Mixed Show Quinton Green Fine Art, London
1987 Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Grand Palais, Paris
Pat Kerry & Jaques Mallet Fine Art, New York
The Painted Horse, A Modern Representation, Cadogan Contemporary, London
1988 Opening Exhibition, Long & Ryle Art International, London
Mixed Show, Midlands Contemporary Arts, Birmingham, Great Britain
I Bienal de Arte de Bogota, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota
1989 15 New Expressions; Galeria Diners, Bogota
Two Latin American Painters, Long & Ryle Art International, London
Carpeta, Galeria Diners, Bogota
7 Artists, Galeria Diners, Bogota
The Sacred in Art, Long & Ryle Art International, London
ICAF International Contemporary Art Fair, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
Mixed Show, Nerlyno Gallery, New York
Latins in London, Simon Bolivar Hall, London
1991 ICAF International Contemporary Art Fair, Long & Ryle Art International, London
1992 Mixed Show, Long & Ryle Art International, London
1993 Group Show, Galeria Alfred Wild, Bogota, Colombia
Mixed Show, Long & Ryle Art International, London

1994 Nueva Imagen, Galleria Alfred Wild, Bogota, Colombia
1996-97 Mixed Shows, Roy Miles Gallery, London
1998 Mixed Show, Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
1999 “Picture Kerry” Exhibition, National Museum, Dublin, Ireland
2000-03 Mixed Shows, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed Shows, Cill Rialaig Gallery, County Kerry, Ireland
2004 Opening Show, Artists of the World Gallery, Calgary, Canada
Group Show, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland
2005 Group Show, Origin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed Show, Artists of the World Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2005 Mixed Show, California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, California
2006 July and Octobre, Group Show and Auction for Cill Rialaig Project, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Art Madrid, Quinta Galeria, Madrid, Spain
July and Octobre, Group Show and Auction for Cill Rialaig Project, Dublin, Ireland
Quinta Galeria, Bogota Colombia
International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, Contempo Corporate Art, National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Contempo Corporate Art,