María Elvira Escallón

London, UK, 1954

Lives and works in Bogotá

Born in London, lives and works in Bogotá. Maria Elvira Escallón studied Psychology in the Javeriana University and simultaneously trained as an artist in different workshops and academic centers. She has a Master in Theory and Art History from the National University of Colombia and is a professor at the Faculty of Arts at the Javeriana University.

Her work emphasizes and develops around themes such as the culture-nature relationship, memory and the vulnerability of monuments. Each project follows its unique visual path. Her ephemeral sculptural interventions or made in inaccessible places, are documented in video and photography.

Since 1990, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving several recognitions such as the Luis Caballero III Edition Award, The National Grant for Individual Creation of the Ministry of Culture 1995, 2006 and 2014, First Prize of the Regional Salon of Artists of Bogotá 1997 and the IDCT 2007 Heritage Scholarship. Her work has been part of international exhibitions such as La X Bienal de la Habana and VIII Bienal de Mercosur. Additionally, her work is part of collections such as Banco de la Republica, Museo Nacional De Colombia, Fondo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo de France FNAC, LPS Collection of Latin American Photography (Stanislas and Leticia Poniatowky), Cisneros Fontanals Foundation, Collection of Latin American Art of the University of Essex England, Art Gallery of South West, Sydney Australia, Luis Pérez Collection and private collections.