Fabio Mesa is a widely recognized international Colombian artist. After finishing his studies in Fine Arts, Fabio Mesa had his first exhibition in Colombia in 1994. Since 2002, Fabio Mesa has developed a maturity and consistency in his artwork conveying a self-evident message to his viewers.
Most notably in 2006, Fabio Mesa’s works began gaining international recognition and have been shown in various exhibitions. In 2007, the artist participated in ArtBo (the Art Fair of Bogotá), followed by a group exhibition in New York, a solo exhibition in the Colombian Consulate in Miami, a participant in the New York Art Fair, and a solo show in the gallery Francisco Nader in Dubai, U.A.E.
Since 2007, Fabio Mesa has continuously shown his work in cities around the world, such as New York, and Miami, where he was represented for an extended period by Zadok Gallery and Oxenberg Fine Art to follow.
The works of Fabio Mesa are oneiric, as their titles suggest. In his artworks, the artist has interpreted the human being in the form of minute and multitudinous masses of figures that resemble a swarm of tiny bees or a school of fish. Together these forms represent a humanity that is in search of direction, an escape to something better, or in pursuit of a dream. Fabio Mesa’s characters are seen exiting from obscurity towards light and color, projecting a feeling of optimism.
The colors and tones of Fabio Mesa’s works are important in expressing this message of optimism and movement. The base of the canvas (where the scene unfolds) is always heavily saturated with color and texture. The artist’s small figures are bathed in a magnificent light that guides them and castes a dramatic shadow, lending to this idea of hope and security in the path chosen by each individual. At times the viewer easily understands this liberating sensation of reaching a destination. This is expressed in the pieces where the multitude is seen breaking through symbolic walls of color; the mass’s determination to reach the other side is clear and continues as the figures are seen « marching » into the distance. In some of Fabio Mesa’s other works, the artist’s throng of people are seen gravitating towards a seemingly ominous cloud-like mass, which in actuality represents a « cloud of hope ». This concept prevalent in the artist’s works demonstrates a profundity that otherwise is overlooked upon first glance.
The works of Fabio Mesa would dignify any great art collection, justified by the complexity of their message, their visual impact, and their masterful execution. The series represents the career of an artist fully devoted to his work, with great promises in the development and growth in the years to come.
About the Gallery
Art Bastion is an international art agency and gallery that endeavors to discover and represent artists from around the world, and to introduce their artwork to a wider audience. Art Bastion was initially founded as an agency to discover talented artists, to jump-start their careers and to create a globalized network via the Internet that would facilitate communication among artists, collectors, and the everyday art aficionado.
Art Bastion expanded its presence in different realms of the art world, such as art consulting for buyers/sellers, managing collections, and organizing “pop-up” exhibitions. Though this idea continues to be a major goal of Art Bastion, the agency has diversified its role by settling in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. By creating a multi-sensory experience through a variety of disciplines of art, Art Bastion exceeds its traditional role as a gallery. The special events promoted by Art Bastion are a way to mix a dense cultural community with a thriving Arts scene in the heart of Wynwood Arts District.