Carlos Bahamon

Carlos Alberto Bahamón Cardona (1968) born in Ibagué - Colombia, practiced artistic drawing as a hobby throughout his school stage and even averaging his university studies. Already well advanced in the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, he finds that his natural gift is more than a distraction and decides to leave that career to devote himself fully to art and make it his way, and livelihood.

Having practiced various techniques, including pen drawing, charcoal, pencil, he finds in oil painting the best means to express his ideas. His training is completely self-taught, without having gone through any academy either for studies of painting techniques or artistic theory. During many days in the arts section of the Luis Angel Arango Library, time passed without him realizing it, submerged as he was, in the books that revealed the creations of many names that are already history in the art world; Dalí, Rembrandt, Rubens, The Flemish Primitives, the romantic of the nineteenth century, almost all in general, of which he was filled with inspiration without being clear of his own path.

In the meantime he gave his first strokes in the primitivist or naive style, full of bright colors, almost pure, without major nuances. From this first period there are several paintings inspired by everyday life, in the customs of rural, rural life, simple in its message and its realization. It was then that delving into the great masters of the Dutch golden century and the French royalists of the nineteenth century, where he finds a line to follow on which he advances until he reaches his own style.

Finally, he leaves primitivism behind to get into the customs with a nuance closer to realism. His controlled models are Peter de Hoch in the management of interior spaces, Jan Vermeer in the management of light and Jacobo Ruysdael in the treatment of the landscape, but without wasting many other less obvious influences. It is in Medellín where he is first known with an exhibition called "Café de Colombia", where he portrayed the markets, cafes, shops and barns, coffee farms, mule farms, the regional architecture of the coffee axis and Antioquia, invaded by yipaos, stairway buses, street vendors and common people.

The exhibition obtains a promising result that serves as a springboard for a one-year tour in Paris - France, which has repeated several times. During these stays he has received a strong influence of European aesthetics that provides him with new reasons for inspiration and from there the opera houses, bohemian coffee shops, medieval churches and the Renaissance, museums as an excuse to merge into one Image light, perspective, color and admiration renewed by classical art.