ANDRÉS CELIS OSSOTT

Born in Caracas in 1969, Andrés Celis Ossott has devoted himself to art since 2007. His art form is self-taught and has been developed based on color, form and recycling. It has the virtue of “resuscitating” musical instruments that have fallen into disuse. With his hands he is capable of redoing the body of an instrument, recovering its inner vibration, and changing its aspect for one that is full of color. “I have restored cuatros, mandolins, bandolas, acoustic guitars, violins, cellos, and electric guitars,” he explains. For him, music is an inspiration because it helps him to clear his mind, elevate his spirit, and create.

He works effortlessly on wooden supports and iron sheets. His artistic abilities are a natural gift and the only courses he has taken have been in painting and color preparation geared to the motor vehicle. “For me, color is everything. I seek to convey feelings and positive states of mind through a gamut of bright, joyful hues,” he comments.

He is a modern artist who creates pieces full of color and seeks to generate feelings of happiness in those who contemplate his work. “My works are versatile and can adapt to any environment. In some of them I include recycled elements, such as parts of musical instruments that have been discarded, giving the creation a touch of originality,” he clarifies. Perfection in the application of color and the finish of his works is one of his characteristics. “For me it’s a challenge to transform the irregular, rough, porous surface of the wood or metal into a surface that is soft, shiny and smooth to the touch,” he explains.

In his series entitled “Garabatos” (Doodles) he expresses the power of the elements of nature and creates sculptures that simulate the movement of the flames of fire, water’s waves, and the blowing wind. Musical instruments, fruits, and metal sculptures have a prominent place among his works. “I enjoy the creation of every one of my works. My satisfaction starts from the moment I imagine what the final result is going to be. Art is my passion,” he comments.

He believes that artists can be a positive reference for society because they reflect what the work, effort, achievement and dedication of a human being represent. For Andrés Celis completing his inner work with social work is vitally important, which is why, whenever he has the opportunity, he collaborates by donating his works of art to nonprofit organizations.

His work is on exhibition in Venezuela at major Caracas galleries such as Galería Freites, Galería Arte Innovador, Ideal Art Centro de Arte, and Soho Art Gallery, and also at Canale-Diaz Art Center and Astrageous Gallery in the United States. He is planning to continue expanding the showing of his art shortly to other parts of Venezuela and also internationally.

EXHIBITIONS

2016 - “Abriendo caminos”. Benefit exhibition for the "Lar Padre Joaquim Ferreira" Foundation. Caracas, Venezuela.

2016 - “Cambiando vidas”. Benefit exhibition for the “Buena Voluntad” civil association. Caracas, Venezuela.

2016 - Art Palm Beach International Art Fair. Nineteenth Edition. Canale Diaz Art Center. West Palm Beach, Fl. USA.

2015 - “El arte se subasta por una sonrisa” (Art is auctioned for a smile). Fourth Edition. Benefit auction for the “Amigos del Hospital San Juan de Dios” Foundation. Caracas, Venezuela.

2015 - “Por amor al arte”. Eleventh Edition. Benefit auction for the “Fundana" Foundation. Donation of the work “Lips”. Caracas, Venezuela.

2015 - “Consequences”. Canale Diaz Art Center. Miami, Florida. USA.

2014 - “El arte se subasta por una sonrisa” (Art is auctioned for a smile). Third Edition. Benefit auction for the "Amigos del Hospital San Juan de Dios" Foundation. Caracas, Venezuela.

2014 - “Ro-dando”. Benefit exhibition for the “Buena Voluntad” civil association. Caracas, Venezuela.

2014 - “De corazón” (From the heart). Benefit auction for the “Parque de los Sueños” Foundation. Caracas, Venezuela.

2013 - International Art Fair (FIAAM). Tenth Edition. Arte Innovador Gallery. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2012 - International Art Fair (FIAAM). Ninth Edition. Arte Innovador Gallery. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2012 - “Al Arte le dan Sabana". Galería Los Galpones. Caracas, Venezuela.



No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.Oscar Wilde