Ever Astudillo (Colombia, born in 1948)
Untitled (Teatro Avenida), Cali, 1975-1978
Gelatin silver print. Signed vintage print. 8.3 x 11.4 cm
Born in 1948 in Cali, Colombia.
Ever Astudillo Delgado studied at the Escuela Departamental de Artes Plásticas in Cali and then at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has been professor of drawing and painting at the Universidad del Cauca in Colombia since 1973. In 1984, he received an honorable mention at the 1st Havana Biennial and first place at the Salón Nacional de Artistas de Colombia. Exploring urban themes through strong social content, his work has always focused on the poetry of urban neighborhoods, set off by the light and shadow of the landscape and by street signs.
Astudillo’s photographs, which constituted the preparatory phase for the creation of his well-known pencil drawings of urban landscapes, are a valuable poetic example of his creative process. This series of black-and-white photographs of his native city of Cali reveal Astudillo’s concern with framing and light and shadow, as well as his interest in cinema, popular music (especially salsa), urban development, and various aspects of marginal life in the streets of Cali—all interests he shared with Fernell Franco and Óscar Muñoz, two other members of the Cali Group.