Art is a Child’s Thing


Art is a child’s thing

Javier Caraballo

The work of the great masters are timeless. They move us and make us think. They inspire us. Their art is seared into our retinas. They share some key traits: a unique style, an extraordinary craftsmanship and the power to reach deep into one’s soul. 

Caraballo’s art is therefore based on works that are recognized and valued for their content and innovation. But the artist not only appropriates the paintings of the great masters but also those of the children who are really the focal points of his work. Their presence, exercising the role of painters who intervene or copy the paintings that Caraballo has “taken over”, gives his works an air of innocence and spontaneity characteristic of childish acts.

“Art is a child’s thing” is the expression that has accompanied the production of the Barranquilla artist Javier Caraballo, who with his paintings proposes a plastic language based on the stages of artistic development of children.

In this sense, in his works we can see expressions typical of the scribbling, schematic and realistic stage. Thus, alluding to the first spontaneous graphic traces of children, which the artist calls a “naive stain”.

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Javier Caraballo

Javier Caraballo proposes a visual paradox, engaging the viewer through the silent exchange of the gaze and non-verbal language. This compendium of works will give rise to the aesthetic discourse and technical mastery of the renowned artist, to act not only with the memory by claiming memories and erudition, but wishing to desacralize the artistic works to convert them through the innocent gesture in a new artistic experience.

Javier Caraballo holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia. His research is directed towards the study of painting and drawing as a graphic language for children and the great works that have shaped the history of painting. This exhibition becomes his seventh solo exhibition, to be held for the first time in the city of Medellin, after actively participating in fairs and exhibitions in cities such as Cartagena, Bogota, Panama, Caracas, Santo Domingo, Florida and Brussels to become the artist of the private collection of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg and the royal family collection of Monaco.