MEET THE ARTIST: Jafeth Gómez Ledesma

March 5, 2009 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Take this opportunity to meet Jafeth, our visiting artist from Popayán, Colombia in this informal setting. Jafeth will make a short presentation and open up a discussion with participants.


Jafeth is an artist from the Cauca region of Colombia. He has lived in Popayán since 1985 and produces much of his work from there. In his early days he was involved in community activities; teaching literacy, as a school teacher, as a leader of a Christian community and as a youth leader at a regional and national level. This experience gave him a wider understanding of the social realities of his country and resulted in him publishing a range of material in the 1980s.

In 1978, he published his first drawings. Ever since, his commitment to art as a profession has become more intensive and full-time, as he quickly developed a distinct and recognizable style, heavily tempered by ethnic, social, religious and cultural influences. He recently celebrated 30 years of producing art that boasts a firm and deeply rooted social commitment.

He regularly collaborates with local and national institutions in the development of graphic materials such as posters, drawings and illustrations, mostly aimed at supporting processes of social and community empowerment. He continues to bring his artistic experience to the wider community through workshops with grassroots groups and indigenous communities in the region.

Jafeth has exhibited his work in Popayán and other Colombian cities. He has completed murals both in Colombia and Europe. He is regularly invited abroad and has traveled with his work to Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria where it is widely recognized and well received.