Felipe Castelblanco is a Colombian/American interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, sculpture, performance and networked installations his work creates participatory experiences of publicness and coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences. Most recently, he has constructed an invisible wall connecting children across two continents (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh); collaborated with participants from 10 countries to turn the world upside-down (Future Tenant Gallery); and assembled a team of day laborers to paint houses—on canvas—in the streets of Philadelphia (Practice Gallery). Felipe holds and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2012 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown internationally, including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the San Diego Museum of Art in California, FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, FIVAC festival in Camagüey Cuba, Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia and numerous international new media and film festivals.
Felipe has been awarded several grants and distinctions internationally, including the John Fergus Family Post MFA at The Ohio State in University in Columbus, OH (where he founded MOTE 078 Gallery in 2013); the International Artist Fellowship Award from Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA; an Honorable Mention from CAA’s Anual Professional Development award (NYC); the 2014-2015 Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools in London (UK); and most recently, served as a U.S cultural emissary in the Philippines, through the U.S State Department, the U.S embassy in Manila Zero1 during the inaugural American Arts Incubator program in 2014.
Among his collaborative endeavours is THE DRIFT, a floating platform for creative projects that explore the rivers and waterfronts within the city of Pittsburgh through performances, lectures, and buoyant interventions. The Para-Stite School, an alternative free educational platform for artists-migrants, operating (independently and anonymously) at the heart of official universities in the U.S and Europe.
Felipe was also the co-founder of VISIVA Foundation, a non-profit organization that between 2009-2012 promoted Art + Design and Cultural development in Colombia and Latin America. Also, he is a former member of The Venice Biennial of Bogotá, a biennial urban art event produced in a marginalized area of Bogotá called Venice neighborhood, which invites local and international artist to produce site-specific projects in the area.