Julián Jaramillo Torres
Julián Jaramillo Torres has a warm, physical perception of reality that stems from his South American roots. He has a vocation for clear, impactful visualizations, with a quality much like an engraving. His artistic journey took a turn when he discovered the verb "abrade". "Abrading", to simplify, is the art of "removing". An art that not only requires particular technical expertise but is above all an existential path. The artist describes his procedure as follows: "Starting from the soft and smooth surface, which I identify as the principle of culture while digging I found a way to bring to light questions and solutions that give meaning to the subtle thread of memory that holds all the pieces of a person's experience together ". The process is simple. Starting from the green paper used for advertising posters, Jaramillo tries to find the image by scratching the surface. The result is almost an act of "bringing out" rather than putting in; an act of taking away, more than an act of creation; it is a process of discovery. Julián Jaramillo Torres began his artistic studies at the mere age of 13. He moved to Paris in 1986 to study at the École National Supérieur des Beaux-Arts and at the studio of the French painter François Chatenay. In 1997 he continued his artistic journey in Italy at the State Institute d’Arte di Forlì. After a brief time back in Paris as an artistic consultant for American retail company GAP, he continued his studies in Milan in 2003 with a Fine Arts BA at the Brera Academy, from which he graduated with the thesis: "Cultural Heritage in the light of Hannah Arendt's thought". From that time on he has been working on several projects with the Academy of Brera; he has collaborated with the School of Communication, worked on the Promotion of Artistic Heritage, and in particular with the chair of drawing of Gianluigi Rocca.
Julián Jaramillo Torres lives and works in Milan, Italy.