Is an Illustrator based in Medellín - Colombia
Hansel Obando is a Colombian collage artist living and working in Medellin, Colombia. His work focuses on the creation of he describes as “microuniverses” in which nature is the main character and the need for her respect is often discussed through themes of mysticism, ancient rituals and non-western religious practices where nature is central. His work questions our consumerism of natural resources and advocates for the protection of the our most vulnerable communities such as Colombia´s Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations.
He is currently working on a body of work discussing cosmogony, storytelling and oral histories of Colombia´s Indigenous peoples.
After ten years living in Argentina he returned to Colombia. Since 2015, he has devoted his time to working with analog and digital collage.
Award of Excellence / SND Chicago. 2017Category: 16Bb Information Graphics [Single] Nation & World/Non-Deadline Headline: News Paper El Colombiano.
Selected Published Works:
Editorial Illustration: El Colombiano, Vivir en el Poblado, Nexus, Universo Centro, Playboy (Colombia), Rolling Stone (Colombia) - he designed the image of the invitation of the 5th anniversary of Rolling Stone in Colombia
Book cover: (Correr la Tierra - Written by Catalina Navas) Editoral Planeta - Seix Barral.
Selected International Publications:
Editorial Illustration: Socialter and the Cover illustration for Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Numéro 9 – Le(s) Présent(s) (France)
Video: FANIA ALL STAR (USA) "Una Navidad con Coro Crescendo Arte" A serie of 5 stop motion animation videos using collage. Director: Timothée Callec,
OXFAM International ‘Development’: A visual story of shifting power.
He was invited to participate in "My Story. Many Stories: Projects on Migration, Borders and Identities"from the American Arts Incubator Colombia Laboratorio en las Fronteras 2020.
American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is developed in partnership with ZERO1. American Arts Incubator Colombia 2020 was led by Wendy Levy and produced in collaboration with U.S. Embassy, Bogota and Museo de Arte Moderno, Barranquilla
El Colombiano (Newspaper)
Universo Centro (Newspaper)
El Faire (Anagramas)
RedCollage (Uno más uno)