Guilloume displays sculpture and bronze wall reliefs. Both have elegant lines and stone-like patinas.
Family and friends have the most value and importance to me and my work. As an impassioned artist, that is what has permeated my art for more than 30 years.
I’ve developed a style that I call “Bolismo”, a self-described, emotion-filled style using modest forms, textures and shading to portray the vast range of human feelings. Through this style, I’m able to convey the love I feel for my family and friends using the venue of paintings and sculpture. These simple forms, faceless, yet full of expression demonstrate the relationships all of us have for those around us.
Through sculpture and paint, I continue to explore the depths of these complex yet simple relationships; those of lovers, parents, friends, acquaintances, the interactions we have on a daily basis. I am blessed to experience the richness of these personal relationships in my life and to impart their importance through my art.Download Guilloume's printable statement.
Family and friends—their value and importance to this impassioned artist—permeate the work of this New Mexico painter and sculptor.Guilloume’s body of work is the result of a man following his passion for more than 30 years. His drive for creating perfectly understated yet timeless oil paintings and bronze sculptures and reliefs is fueled by his love for various members of his very large family of origin as well as his adoration of his children and his wife, Gladys, the love of his life.
The story begins in 1957 in Medellín. Nestled in the Aburrá Valley at the north end of the Andes Mountains, Medellín is Colombia’s second largest city. 1957 was the year that the artist’s mother gave birth to her 19th of 20 children, Guilloume. From the time he was a toddler, his mother instilled in Guilloume the belief that “everything is possible and you can do whatever you set your mind and heart to. So why not shoot for the moon? It matters not if you miss your target and hit your neighbor’s cow.”
Following his passion started in 1975 with Guilloume’s fascination with the artistic skills of his high school classmate, Jose Luis Mejía, who sketched portraits of everyone in their class. Guilloume sought Jose’s guidance. By the end of the school year 17-year-old, Guilloume, was preparing for the admissions test to enter the prestigious Bellas Artes Institute in Medellín. In just two short years at the Institute, he learned the mediums of charcoal, pencil, ink, watercolor, and pastel. From 1977 to 1981, he studied oil painting, with human anatomy being his favorite class.
By 1979, Guilloume had his first one-man show in a small gallery in the artist-filled cosmopolis, Medellín. This marked the beginning of Guilloume’s promotion of “Bolismo in black and white”, a complex style of art created with a series of circles or as he translates from Spanish, “balls”. Graduation thrust Guilloume into the world of professional art where he was immediately confronted by a challenging and highly competitive art market. In order to compete, indeed survive, the business-minded Guilloume tapped his creative abilities and established his independence by opening a small custom frame shop which he also used as a gallery to promote his work. Simultaneously, he began saving his pesos for a move to the US where most of his family was residing.
In 1984, Guilloume met Gladys Margarita Franco. After a whirlwind romance, they married and moved to Los Angeles. Adapting to their new lives in a seemingly enormous city while learning a new language was difficult, but later proved to be rewarding. Guilloume’s first two exhibitions in local Los Angeles galleries (1989 and 1990) were highly successful.
It only took a few years of learning the new culture for Guilloume to decide he wanted to find another American landscape for his family and his work. A friend from Texas told him about Santa Fe, “the City Different.” During a short trip to New Mexico, Guilloume fell in love with the colors, the richness of all he saw, and the Land of Enchantment sunsets. He sensed the energy of the Santa Fe Society of Artists and he also felt it was an ideal place to raise his young family.
Guilloume joined various art associations in New Mexico and Arizona. A year later he was showing his work with the Santa Fe Society of Artists and in Arizona galleries. Based on the instant popularity of his work, Guilloume began a two-year apprenticeship with local sculptor, Ralph Roybal so that he could learn the lost wax technique of bronze sculpture creation. Roybal taught Guilloume everything he needed to know from mold making, dressing the wax, and welding, to metal chasing and patina work. In his own words, Guilloume says, “The 90′s represent a time of creative retooling for me. That is why I sometimes refer to the 90’s as my “renewal period.” It was not long before Guilloume was showing his bronze sculptures in a number of well-established galleries across the US, Canada, and Europe.
The new century came with new opportunities for Guilloume in the way of more acceptance of his art work and in 2002, he was an invited artist at the esteemed Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. His increased success led to more personal appearances at galleries, museums and art shows in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, and Washington.
Guilloume’s message is simple: As human beings, we have more in common than we have differences. He illustrates this message in the universal language of art by creating a beauty that speaks to people from all corners of the earth, from all walks of life, from all political spectra, and from all age groups in his unique and passionate style.Download Guilloume's printable biography.
(by Bonnie Gangelhoff, Photos – Eric Swanson, Southwest Art Magazine, December 2015) Describe your studio. My recently constructed atelier was designed for convenience. It is a clean, modern structure that is bathed in natural light during during the daytime hours. Read more…
(July 2015, American Art Collector)Diverse Communities, an exhibition of bronze sculptures, wall reliefs and oil paintings by Colombian artist Guilloume, will run July 15 through July 31. Read more…
(June/July 2015, The Santa Fean Magazine) Colombia-born artist Guilloume, who lives in Sandia Park, New Mexico, moves fluidly between mediums as he follows his muses from bronze sculpture and relief to painting. His work transcends the purely figurative…Read more
(Press Release, By Kelly Skeen, April 28th, 2015) Santa Fe, NM: Colombian artist Guilloume creates minimalist bronze sculptures that portray a range of human emotion and symbolism. Bronze human forms on wall reliefs and freestanding sculptures are faceless, yet full of expression, and represent the relationships we share with those around us. Read more…
Guilloume – Shows/Exhibitions
Selected One Man Shows
1981 Gallery Fases, Medellin-Colombia
1981 Turantioquia Gallery, Medellin-Colombia
1983 Hotel Yuldama, Santa Marta-Colombia
1984 Turantioquia Gallery, Medellin-Colombia
1985 Ideamos Gallery, Medellin-Colombia
1989 Camcor Gallery, Los Angeles, California-USA
1990 Orchid Gallery, Los Angeles, California-USA
2000-2003 Isis On First Gallery, Seattle, Washington-USA
2000-2008 Jordan Road Gallery, Sedona, Arizona-USA
2000-2008 Nizhoni Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico-USA
2006 Desert Art Source, Palm Desert, California-USA
2006 Artistas De Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2006 Biblioteca Publica Piloto Medellin-Colombia
2006 Desert Art Source, Palm Desert, California-USA
2009 NNMAC Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2010 Beaver Creek Fine Art, Avon, Colorado-USA
2011-2014 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona-USA
2012-2013 Simon Gallery, Tucson, Arizona-USA
2012 Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut-USA
2015 Pippin Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM-USA
2016 Pippin Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM-USA
2017 Royal Houses Museum, Dominican Republic
2017 Pippin Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM-USA
Selected Group Shows
1976-1981 Bellas Artes Institue, Medellin-Colombia
1978 Colombo-Americano, Medellin-Colombia
1981 Casa de Antioquia, Medellin-Colombia
1984 Salon 33 Gallery, Medellin-Colombia
1995 New Mexico Artist League, Albuquerque, New Mexico-USA
1996 Los Alamos Sculpture, Los Alamos, New Mexico-USA
1996-2014 Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
1993-2014 Santa Fe Society of Artist, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
1999 Al Romero Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2000 Naked Horse Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona-USA
2001 Jordan Road Gallery, Sedona, Arizona-USA
2001-2007 Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico-USA
2002 Isis On First Gallery, Seattle, Washington-USA
2002-2006 El Museo Cultrual de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2003 II Latin American Artists, Piers 62-63, Seattle, Washington-USA
2003 Mexican Consulate, Seattle, Washington-USA
2003 Belleview City Hall-Washington-USA
2003 Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence-Italy
2004 Colores University of New Mexico, Abq., New Mexico-USA
2006 Latin-American, Fundarte-Etobicoke-Toronto-Canada
2007 Museo De Las Casas, Santo Domingo-Dominican Republic
2008 Pippin-Meikle Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2011 Browns Gallery, Boise, Idaho-USA
2012 Michael Henington Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico-USA
2012-2014 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida-USA
2013 Cortile Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts-USA
Works included in private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America.