Jose Ignacio Cadena Trujillo
Here’s another person I’d love you to meet. His name is Jose Ignacio Cadena Trujillo and he’s an artist. He lives in a small cottage with his lovely wife in the remote countryside, nestled in the mountains in La Calera, which is about 30 minutes from North Bogota. Nacho’s story is a pretty amazing one, as he has very limited eyesight. When he was just 11 years old, they found a tumour in his brain. After they removed the tumour with brain surgery, he was left with a visual field reduction in the right eye and a lesion in the left eye’s optic nerve. His memory and language skills were also destroyed, meaning he had to learn both again from scratch.
Now Nacho can see objects, colours, light and shadow, but in one eye, his visual field has been reduced by 70% and in the other, the notion of depth has been flattened. He says that he lives in a ‘2D Universe’.
Overall, pretty remarkable when you see his artwork.
So how did I meet him? He is a friend of a friend of mine. In true Colombian spirit, my friend wanted to introduce me to him, so grabbing a couple of his other mates, we climbed into the car and we were off, laden with a couple of grocery bags containing our lunch ingredients.
So what happens when you have an artist, a chief, two entrepreneur business minds and a writer stroke artist stroke unemployed advertiser? You make food, open some beers, drink tinto and you talk. Now this is the life.
Chef chops food
Crowding around the food
From the outside, Nacho’s home looks quite small and quite uneventful. But as soon as the car pulled up, we were greeted like long-lost friends and hushered into his home in the famous Paisa spirit. Once inside, you are gobsmacked by the art. It’s everywhere; on floors, on walls, on canvas, on sketchpads, on paper, on print, on wooden boxes, on bottles and even the cat scratcher is an artistic sculptor. Nacho is only too happy to pull out canvases or present his vast painting on paper collections, explaining in detail each piece and what they meant. At least, that’s what I gather as my Spanish only goes so far, or it might have been that I was in a desert heaven so my mind was wondering…
Amazing view from the studio
Seduced by the desert...homemade uchuva ice cream with mint, almonds and biscuits
For those of you without a desert in hand and advance Spanish, here is that translation about Nacho’s story behind is artwork “At first, when I was a child, painting was an exercise and way of escape. Next I looked to empty all logical intention inside of me in an abstract, deep emptiness that afterwards became a noisy, dark hole with a loaded brushstroke of yellow against an orange background. That character gave me a vision for another; which in that moment needed to take an anthropomorphic direction that today helps me reference the human being (the species and I suppose my alto ego) and through this I always depict change and movement.
Afterwards, in the internal intersection and / or collision between the figurative and abstract, I returned to the parallel path I mentioned earlier in that there isn’t a clear representation….It’s more an intimate portrayal of a brain microscope and electricity that I relate to from my history with neurology, and what’s more with the heads of others. So in this story, the art materials are transformed into a beast of something so profound, complex and utterly absurd…like the homo-sapiens of our century”.
Pretty intellectual and in-depth stuff…especially for my Spanish. But, art doesn’t need a language and what I took from the paintings spellbound me. His passion and talent goes beyond the four walls of his cottage and wraps you up in a warmth of creativity. I don’t think he has a humble home at all, in fact, I think he is the luckiest man ever. Who else could have a home literally built from artwork and call it humble?
When recovering, Nacho explored his new spatial perception through his art
Nacho’s work is both figurative and abstract, but he leaves the message open for the viewer to interpret. He describes his work as a mirror which reflects the viewer’s thoughts
Nacho’s artwork costs from $ 180,000 COP to $ 7,000,000 COP
With the artist
I wanted to show his work to you because it is amazing and undiscovered. So I wanted to introduce you to him. Perhaps you would like to buy his art? Or maybe you know of a gallery that would like to?
If you would like to get in touch with Nacho, you can contact him at:
• facebook: Jose Ignacio Trujillo Chain
• Twitter: @ignaciocadena
• e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phone (+57) 3125735510 or 3012556598
And yes, although his house is very remote, he does have wifi.
Scroll below for more info about Nacho:
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