Born 1965, City of Panama, Panama.
Lives and works in London and Rio de Janeiro, .
HUMBERTO VELEZ studied Law and Political Sciences in the University of Panama and was awarded a scholarship from The Foundation of Latin American Cinema for studying Filmmaking and TV in the International School of Cinema of San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, founded by Gabriel García Márquez. He has been an artist in residence in Vienna, Toronto, London (Triangle Arts Trust-Gasworks), Sheffield (UK), London Southend-on-Sea(METAL) and Paris (Cite des Arts). In 2000, he presented his first solo mayor exhibition Instalaciones (Installations) at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Panama considered by Virgina Pérez-Ratton and Adrienne Samos, both influential Central American curators and art critics, to have initiated a new movement in Panamanian contemporary art. He has shown at the TATE Modern,Centre Pompidou between many and is participating in the 2011 Venice Biennale.
VELEZs performances actively explores the possibilities of working in collaboration with different groups (artists and handcrafters, special communities, athletes, musicians and groups conformed especially for the project), in different places and cultures. The artistic projects are conceived from what he calls the ability to create esthetics of, for, and with these groups, according to their different lifestyles, thereby managing different concepts and expressions of popular culture, power, and ethics. The human relations on whom Vélez constructs his creative processes are as important as the final project. In his public art performances, as it was described by curator Gerardo Mosquera, the community should be an active agent at the same time as his art also interweaves personal memories, dreams, visions, and the determination of pretending to invent new worlds. For this, the artist works with diverse media and themes, ranging from the popular to the high-tech, from the traditional to the contemporary.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2010, Le Plongeon,an aquatic and sports cabaret in collaboration with swimming clubs and young street artists from Paris at the Piscine Josephine Baker for the Centre Pompidou 2008; Bodydream, bodybuilding performance and competition at the Centro de Arte La Regenta in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Canarias 2007, The Fight, boxing performance in collaboration with boxing clubs from south London, TATE Modern; 2006, the Skyline, Kite Performance and Land Art Project, Egilsstadir, Iceland; 2005, Regata Cantata, in association with Artwayofthinking, parade and regatta, Venice; 2005 Artists United, Hip Hop Dance Football Match, Sheffield, Yorkshire Artspace; 2004 The Mancunian Way, hip hop parade and concert at Victoria Baths, Manchester; 2002, LAvventura, piñata sculpture-installation in St Peters Church in Vauxhall, London; 2000, Instalaciones, Mixed media, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá; 1998, Traumland/La tierra soñada/Dreamland, Video and CD-Rom, Cafe Savoy, Fellowship from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vienna.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2010, Al Calor del Pensamiento, Daros Collection at Santanders Art Foundation, Madrid, 2009; Cuenca Biennial. Ecuador. 2008, Special invitation to the Central American Biennial; 2008, Panama Biennial; 2007, Mates, super 8 and video film, 8 min, color, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield; 2006, The Doubtful Stretch (El Estrecho Dudoso), international art exhibition, Celebration of Iberoamerican capital of Culture, TEOR/éTica Foundation, San Jose Costa Rica; 2006 Liverpool Biennial; 2005, VII Panama Biennial; 2004 Central American Biennale, 2004 Shanghai Biennale; 2004, For The Time Being (A promise of Progress), Transition at Victoria Baths, Manchester; 2004, Hybris (Videoart in Central America), travelling exhibition to the United States and Europe organized by the Museum of Art and Contemporary Design of Costa Rica; 2004, II International Belize Film Festival; 2003, VIII Havana Biennial; XXI Film and Video Festival MixBrasil, Brasilia, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro; 2003, One Hundred Years of Art in Panama, Contemporary Art Museum of Panama; 2003, III Central American Film Awards ICARO, Guatemala; 2003, FlyPitch, Brixton Market, London; 2003, ciudadMULTIPLEcity international urban art event, Panama City; 2002, III Central American Biennial, Managua; 2002, VI Panama Biennial 2002, III Biennial Iberoamericana de Lima, Peru; 2002, Do It (Central American version), TEOR/éTica, San Jose; 2002, Bienamada (Well Loved), Victoria Baths, Manchester; 2001-2002, Politics of Difference: Ibero-American Art. End of Century, travelling exhibition to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Madrid, Paris, Valencia; 2001 Periferic Biennial, Iasi, Rumania; 2001, Ventanas, Centrodeartecom, Madrid; 2001, Intrusiones urbanas en el arte joven panameño, Centro Cultural Andrés Bello, Bogota; 2000, Puerto Rico00, San Juan; 2000, First Central American Symposium of Artistic Practices, National Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica;1997, Sonar Festival, Barcelona; 1996 III Festival de Video Alternativo, Barcelona; 1995, The First Manchester Short Film & Video Festival; 1992, Young Filmmakers Film Festival, Havana.
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.