Cesar Forero

I am a Colombian-born Canadian citizen with a background in architecture, sculpture, painting, and public performance. I am IAC/IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) Member. I hold an MA from the Minnesota State University and a MFA from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. I have taught architecture, design and art at university level in Colombia, United States, and Canada. I currently sit on the boards at the Temiskaming Art Gallery, in Haileybury, Sculptors Society of Canada and Ontario Society of Artist in Toronto, the Nippissing Regional Curatorial Collective in North Bay and Contemporary Art Committee, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; in which I am the creator and current president. My artworks and performances have been shown worldwide and stand in public and private collections. I am fluent in English, Spanish, French and German. As a hobby, I cultivates a passion for bonsai.

My ongoing artistic practice increasingly focuses on the creation of multimedia installations incorporating two and three-dimensional elements, plus dance and music performance, into the context of haptic experience. The intent is to create a liminal space in which the viewer stands inside the environment as a participant, and is transported from everyday reality into a symbolic experience. I am inspired by the plastic sensibilities of unconventional and recycled materials which carry expressive and political meanings. My current life in Kirkland Lake, a small community in Northern Ontario, has opened my practice to the materials of the Canadian wilderness, and its deep coexistence with the wild natural environment. The paintings and sculptures that form part of the major installations also stand on their own as independent works, sometimes serving as exemplars of frozen movement, or mechanically put into action. Increasingly, I am including film and video elements in my work, using them for documentation, and as an integrated part of some sculptural works.