One of Colombia’s most promising artists, Mateo López has caught the attention of curators in the Americas and Europe with his innovative drawings and installations. Like his mentor William Kentridge, López is interested in expanding the scope of drawing. His early studies in architecture equipped him to consider the medium in terms of time and space, and three rather than two dimensions. The portability of López’s place of work, along with the constant process of recollecting information from his personal journeys, is a trademark of his installations. His exhibition Topografía anecdótica (Anecdotal Topography, Bogotá, 2008) was a narrative built on drawings, objects and photographs from his motorcycle trip through Colombia. In 2009, he published the book Deriva (Adrift). A year later, the project Ping Pong, with artist José Antonio Suárez, was presented at Art Basel. Lopez’s installation Viaje sin movimiento (Travelling without movement, 2008-2010) was acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and formed part of the museum’s 2013 A Trip from Here to There exhibition. His work, Casa desorientada (Disoriented House) was also recently featured at Art Basel 2013. In response to Kentridge attempting to push him out of his comfort zone, he says: “Now I try to work more freely.”
March 2017 Mateo López chose his first solo art show in New York as an opportunity to collaborate with fellow protégé, choreographer Lee Serle.
November 2015 William Kentridge and Mateo López held a talk in Beijing on whether time “wasted” in the studio is vital to the artistic process.