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Among the interviews included in the book Nosotros: un trabajo sobre los artistas antioqueños, Félix Ángel interviewed himself through an essay and a collection of press clippings, along with a curriculum vitae that reflects his precocious interest in the task of art. Starting with the first texts he wrote in 1972 for his exhibitions, he revealed the disposition, and self-critical, [yet] defiant, spirit of an author: “I will always be young!,” he exclaimed that year. In his self-interview, he starts right out with: “I believe that my generation, myself included, is lacking in talent.” He continues by saying: “It seems to me that the quality that defines my generation, including me, is mediocrity.” The greatest error he saw among his colleagues was “(…) being too ready to believe in what they have achieved.” Regarding his own work, Ángel proposed that they were “shock troops.” The only thing that interested him was capturing “modern man’s relationship with reality,” and he was aware that the images he created would change and be modified over time. To conclude this interview, he stated that: “doing the task (of art) will have to make up for the deficiencies of our frustrated brilliance.”
Félix Ángel (b. 1949) is an artist, curator, and cultural administrator. Until 1977, he lived in Medellín, where he graduated with a degree in architecture. It was there where he began his work in art and continued to develop as an art critic. One of the primary vehicles for his criticism was a controversial, irreverent flyer [periodically published] under the title Yo digo (1975–77). Prior to Yo Digo, in 1975, he had published his novel Te quiero mucho, poquito, nada, illustrated with drawings and collages, which was considered aggressive and anarchic.
The book Nosotros, published in 1976, was a product of the concerns of a young man. The book gathers ten interviews with artists who came of age in Medellín in the 1970s. Today, it represents an important document in terms of knowing the ideas and art lives of those included in what was known as the “urban generation.” In addition to Ángel, the book includes interviews of Rodrigo Callejas Vieira (b. 1937), John Castles (b. 1946), Oscar Jaramillo (b. 1947), Álvaro Marín (b. 1946), Dora Ramírez, Juan Camilo Uribe (1945–2005), Francisco Valderrama, Aníbal Vallejo, and Marta Elena Vélez (b. 1938).
In 2008, he published Nosotros, vosotros, ellos. Memoria del arte en Medellín en los años 70. This was a book of interviews in which the writer sets forth a historical review of this generation, covering the major artists as well as the critics, promoters, and cultural administrators of the period.
Since 1977, Ángel has been living and working in Washington DC, where he is the director of the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has presented over eighty individual exhibitions in different countries and has directed the organization of many exhibitions of Latin American art.