Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pedro Nel Gomez

La sensualidad del tropico
The sensuality of the tropics. Fragment of mural, Tribute to Antiochian Village
3.83 x 3.66 m

Pedro Nel Gomez Agudelo (1889-1984), born in Anori, Antioquia, was a Colombian engineer, painter, and sculptor, best known for his work as a muralist. One of Colombia's most prolific and prominent artists of his time, he created 2,200 square meters of fresco murals in public buildings.

He attended the Academia de Bellas Artes de Medellin and completed his secondary studies in 1917.  He then attended College of Mines of Medellin where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1922. In 1925 he travelled to Europe and settled in Florence, Italy, where he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In 1930 he returned to Colombia, and became Director and Professor of the Academia de Bellas Artes de Medellin.