This text, which is featured in a book of writings by and about Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo (1910–1970), is one of the most in-depth interviews with the artist known to exist. In it, he speaks of his life and reflects on Colombian art and the role of the artist in a manner very much in keeping with the times.
Gómez Jaramillo’s early work in Spain and France was marked by compositional rigor as he absorbed the influences of Post-Impressionism and modern art. He made wide use of ochre tones as he pursued harmony between form and color. Largely as a result of his study of Paul Cézanne in Paris, once back in Paris, Gómez Jaramillo focused on volume, which he expanded as he emphasized the structure of the painting. He tried to build a reputation as a mural artist, but open competition with Pedro Nel Gómez (1899–1984) hindered his efforts along those lines.
In the fifties, Gómez Jaramillo was associated with a generation of modern artists known as the “Trabistas”; however, his influence was limited due to bitter clashes with the critic Marta Traba. These conflicts may have contributed to his efforts to “modernize” his painting with abstract compositions and figurative images in the ascetic style of Bernard Buffet. A polemicist, Gómez Jaramillo wrote a number of texts about Colombian artists and painting.