Plinio Carvajal, Cali Member Since July 2015 Artist Statement I was born in Palmira Colombia in 1945 and raised in Cali Colombia. Currently, and for many years now, I am based in Cali Colombia.
I've been taking pictures since 1954 at the age of nine. At the beginning I was inspired by the family surroundings, and most particularly by my fathers´ encourage to observe and photograph the landscape at vacation family rides.
Starting in 1962 I lived a few years in Los Angeles California studying Photography, Arts and Sciences and then lived also in Montreal Canada. This gave me the opportunity to travel photographing landscapes on film in some National Parks.
In 1968, I started working free-lance for several local advertising agencies and multinational companies in Colombia for a period of 15 years, making professional photography for advertising, packaging and calendars as well as professional film making for advertising.
This last experience developed my discipline to a tight composition. At the same time in 1971, I started making medium-format (2¼" X 2¼") photography with Hasselblad cameras on color negative film in order to have at that time, total control over the image in my specialized darkroom.
Having gathered much useful knowledge up to this point, I felt free to begin my artistic visual expression trough natural light color photography.
I traveled throughout most Colombian regions, searching for those magical moments with faultless natural environment light in order to capture precious images of nature and native people away from big cities, capturing them through a warm and poetic vision which makes each work unique. It is from this time up that I took the pictures I offer now restored.
I had exhibited extensively around the country in group and solo exhibitions since 1974.
My fine art photography is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia, and my imagery has been widely published in books and calendars.
In 2000 I started digitalizing my negatives and published my first web site. For some time now I am fully committed to recovering and restoring the best images taken at that time from my extensive archive, digitally manipulating them so that they acquire a new visual form resembling the masters of impressionism painting.
Although I had collected up to the present a huge amount of superb images, I only offer a few selected ones from my complete portfolio for sale as open edition giclée prints.
EXHIBITIONS 1974 - 4 Photographers, Ciudad Solar, Cali 1977 - Second National Exhibition for Young Artists, Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia, Cali 1980 - Colombian Nature - Solo Exhibition - Chamber of Commerce, Cali 1982 - First Pacific Art Show - Buenaventura Free Zone, Buenaventura 1984 - Colombian Nature - Solo Exhibition - Ahorramas Showroom, Pereira 1993 - The Family - Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO, Tokyo, Japan 1995 - Plinio Carvajal Photograph Exhibition - Solo Exhibition - Cultural Center Comfandi, Cali
AWARD 1983 - Declared "OUT OF COMPETITION" In the First Colombian Photography Award - Planeta Publishing House, Bogotá