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Carlos Jacanamijoy
The large-scale expressionistic paintings of Carlos Jacanamijoy (Inga, b. 1964) offer a surrealistic vision of his interior landscape. His work is informed as much by his memories of the colors, light, and sound of the tropical rainforest of southwestern Colombia as by the urban cityscape of his new home in New York.

“In Brooklyn, I see from the window of my studio the front of an old brick building bathed by the light of the sun, and a few formless shadows which, in an endless movement, creep in a row like animals on a thick horizontal line. Here, the roar of the subway or the incessant traffic of cars and pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, projected by the sun, is right in front of me, through my window. In the same way, I remember listening, among lights and shadows, to the cacophony of animals during an overwhelming night in the middle of the jungle. My inspiration is, on one side, my experiences in my studio, on the other, a succession of memories of the jungle in Putumayo. It is this constant trail of memory and dreams passing by in my mind when I am in front of that other window: the empty canvas.”

—Carlos Jacanamijoy, 2006

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Dibujo, 2005
Oil on canvas
160 x 201 cm.
Collection of the artist

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Arbol Rojo, 2004
Oil on canvas
150 x 170 cm.
Collection of Ernesto Khoutari

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Luz, 2006
Oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm.
Collection of the artist

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Bordear, 2005
Oil on canvas
Each panel: 230 x 160 cm.
Collection of the artist