Reclaiming Objects: The Playful Art of Federico Uribe

Objects have connotations unrelated to their purpose. Art can stretch these personal and universal undercurrents  into something that celebrates life.

Federico Uribe was born in 1964 in war-torn Colombia. The Columbian Conflict, as history books name it, began in the mid-sixties and continues today. His homeland has been ravaged by armed warfare for the entirety of his life. You might think that this would make a broody, angry artist, and he was such for a time, but he decided that, in order to live, he needed to celebrate the life he was given and reconcile with his past. The key to that was to look at the world around him with new eyes and to use his hands and creativity to remake the world around him with humor and beauty.


Uribe has also made fantastic animals from colorful shotgun shells, turning something ugly and violent into something beautiful and playful. It is by remembering how to play that Uribe triumphs over the darkness and regains his childhood. That childhood is imbued with a reconciliatory power that shows us we can change our world by changing our perspective and helping others to see our vision. As Uribe puts objects in new contexts, we can put ourselves in new relationship with each other and with nature. The way to capture this energy of transformation is not through political statements, but through authentic feeling.

In Good Faith, Federico Uribe

Mahatma Ghandi once said “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

Please visit Federico Uribe’s website to see more of his wonderful vision.

5 thoughts on “Reclaiming Objects: The Playful Art of Federico Uribe

  1. leegschrift Reply

    Great artist. What a vision and talent. I love the harmony in all of it. And the vision we have the power to create in the way we want.

    • katmcdaniel Reply

      It’s good to be reminded that we can supply the things that we find lacking in the world. More humor, more kindness, more creativity. These things are inside of us all the time and we forget to let them out or maybe we get scared to let them out.

  2. leegschrift Reply

    And I am a big fan of recycling art. Because it vibrates with a positive energy of artists who makes the world into a magical wonderland.

    • katmcdaniel Post authorReply

      It really turns wastefulness on its head by making something beautiful and playful.

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