Andrés Bedoya (b. 1978, La Paz, Bolivia) currently lives and works in La Paz, Bolivia. His work reflects upon the complex and rich history of the Andean region of Latin America. Bedoya explores the origin of belief systems, rituals and objects, reconstructing them within an abstracted biographical narrative. This includes both historical and contemporary practices, from pre-Columbian cultures to those imposed during the Spanish colonial era to those maintained today. The works that comprise his oeuvre make an oblique reference to various sources, such as the Inca metallurgy, Roman Catholic iconography, monetary systems, and the folklore of contemporary Bolivia.
Bedoya graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin (2001). He has exhibited extensively in both North and South America. Solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional de Arte, (La Paz, Bolivia), Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (Savannah, GA), Gonzalez y Gonzalez (Lima, Perú), Centro Cultural de España (La Paz, Bolivia), Galería Temporal (Santiago, Chile), Ginsberg Galería (Lima, Perú), Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY), and SITUATIONS (New York, NY). He’s held group shows at Videobrasil (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, Brasil), Dixit (Buenos Aires), and Momenta (Brooklyn, New York). Between 2008 and 2010, Bedoya received critical attention as co-curator of Brooklyn is Burning at MoMA PS1, Queens, NY.