Juan Obando’s work focuses on the critical intervention of social circuits through the orchestration of temporary situations and the manipulation of vestiges found in contemporary digital culture. These experiments are often directed towards the production of video-performances, installations and experimental publications —using social phenomena as raw material and humor as a catalyst in highlighting systemic ironies and contradictions.

Juan shows solo since 2009 and among his recent exhibitions are Museum Mixtape (solo), Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, NY; Selections, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA; The Champions (solo), El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogotá 2015; Default Browser (solo), (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali 2015 and NADA, Bogotá 2015; A Bird Without a Song (individual), Espacio ArtVersus, Bogotá 2014; Frame & Frequency, Plecto Galería, Medellín 2014; Colombia Hoy, I Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena 2014; La Desilusión De La certeza o La Ilusión De La Incertidumbre, Pabellón ArteCámara, ArtBo, Bogotá 2013;White Only (individual), MIAMI, Bogotá 2013; Goddess Clap Back / Hip Hop Feminism in Art, CUE Art Foundation, New York 2013.


MFA, Studio Arts—Electronic and Time-Based Arts
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

BA Industrial Design, Minor in Architecture and Urbanism
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Solo Exhibitions

Full Collabs, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

Collabs, MIAMI Prácticas Contemporáneas, Bogotá, Colombia
Jeep VIP, VOLTA Art Fair, New York, NY, USA

Museum Mixtape, Reverse, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Museum Mixtape, Krasl Art Center, Sa. Joseph, MI, USA

Default Browser, Bis Oficina de Proyectos, Cali, Colombia
Default Browser, NADA, Bogotá, Colombia
The Champions, El Parqueadero, Bogotá, Colombia

A Bird Without A Song, ArtVersus Art Space, Bogotá, Colombia

White Only, MIAMI Contemporay Art Practices, Bogotá, Colombia

ANTI-OQUIA, Casa Tres Patios. Medellín, Colombia

Narcotrópico, Chiquitica Gallery. Melbourne, Australia

Our Business Is None of Your Art, 514 Main Street, Lafayette, IN. USA

Bazuco, Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis, MO. USA


Selected Group Exhibitions

Video Sur, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Video Selection, Feria Odeón, Bogotá, Colombia
Mix and Burn, Lalulula.TV, ArtBo, International Art Fair of Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
La Vuelta, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France (Curated by Carolina Ponce de León)

Selections, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA (Curated by Lisa Tung)
Boston Does Boston N.9, Proof Gallery, Boston, MA (Curated by Kara Braciale)
Globo, SKETCH Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia (Curated by Marco Noreña and Ernesto Restrepo)
Salón Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia (Curated by Rosa Angel, Inti Guerrero, Victor Albarracín and Guillermo Vanegas)
RE, Artprize 8, Grand Rapids, MI, USA (Curated by Michele Bosak)

MDE15, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia (Curated by Fernando Escobar, Tony Evanko, Nydia Gutierrez)  
SIGHT.SOUND, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MA (Curated by Jason Sloan)
SIM Artists, Godine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA (Curated by Emma Lanctot and Reneé Silva)
ArteCámara Salón, ArtBo, International Art Fair, Bogotá, Colombia (Curated by Marianela Mendez)
Para Verte Mejor, University of Cauca, Popayán, Colombia (Curated by Jim Fankuggen)

Colombia Hoy, The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Caragena, Colombia (Curated by Miguel Gonzalez and Stephanie Rosenthal)

ArteCámara Salón, ArtBo, International Art Fair, Bogotá, Colombia (Curated by Juan Sebastián Ramirez)
Para Verte Mejor, University of Cauca, Popayán, Colombia (Curated by Jim Fankuggen)

Mall Gusto, LaTienda Gallery. Medellín, Colombia (Curated by Thomas Bettridge) 

Cashing Out, Kala Art Institute. Berkeley, CA. (Curated by Julio César Morales)
Re-Locations, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art. Greensboro, NC (Curated by Eddie Carpenter)
Paper Planes, Center for Visual Artists, Greensboro, NC. (Curated by Kristy Thomas)
Narco Nations, Duke University, Durham, NC. (Curated by Miguel Rojas) Trampolim performance series, Galeria Homero Massena, Vitória, Brazil. (Curated by Jorge Rojas)
Art Everywhere, Norfolk, VA

Sign Language. Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD. (Curated by Hanna Brancato) New Media Fest Cologne—Special Selection. Cologne, Germany
Westwood: Student Exhibition. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

You Are Dead To Me. Eyelevel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. (Curated by Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor)
Preambulo Centenario. 13 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Zona centro, Colombia. (Curated by Guillermo Vanegas)
Low Lives. FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL; and Labotanica, Houston, TX. (Curated by Jorge Rojas)
Perfect Timing, collaborative performance. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Dead Druglords, at A/V Happy Hour. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Marx Café, temporary social space. Pao Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Voices of America, Internet radio project. Sea and Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Curated by Sarah Kanouse)
Dead Druglords. Ten years of Temporary Services, Mess Hall, Chicago, IL

Loutec: Centro de Documentación y actividades paralelas. VK proyectos, Bogotá Colombia. (Curated by Catalina Lozano and Esteban Garcia)
Overamused: Site-specific installations. The Jacques Building, West Lafayette, IN (Curated by Fabian Winkler and Charles Gick)
Transmisiones, 12 Salón Nacional de Artistas, zona centro, Colombia (Curated by Maria Claudia Bernal)

La Ciudad Gris, Centro Colombo Americano, sede centro, Bogotá, Colombia. (Curated by Fernando Escobar)



National Artist Dissemination Grant. Ministerio de Cultura, Bogotá, Colombia.

Summer Research Fellowship. Elon University, Elon, NC
Summer Fellowship Residency, Taller 7, Medellín, Colombia

Rhizome Commission. Rhizome at The New Museum, New York, NY
Summer Residency, CasaTresPatios, Medellín, Colombia


Publications by the Artist

ANTI-OQUIA Magazine. Casa Tres Patios. Medellín, Colombia

The Half and Half Convention, Elon University Bubble Bitching, Elon University.

Our Business Is None of Your Art, BZC Prints

Profesor Bazuco. Profesor Bazuco’s Ultimate Guide to Culture, BZC Prints
AUDO 2008, logo & catalog. Purdue University
Interview with the band Fugazi. Self published
American Flags. Catalog/Zine. Self published

2007 Plush: Art Gone Soft, catalog. West Lafayette, IN
Overamused: site-specific installations, exhibition catalog. West Lafayette, IN

Publications of the Artist’s Work

Arte Colombiano del Siglo XXI, N0. 16 Juan Obando, artist monograph, Jardín Publicaciones, Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Sebastían Ramirez, Artecámara Salon Catalog, Cámara de Comercio, Bogotá, Colombia
Shawn Tucker, “Interview With Juan Obando,” Interdisciplinary Humanities Portland State University, Biography in Open Engagement Catalog, Portland, OR

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Narco-Nations, Duke University Press, Durham, NC
Julio Cesar Morales, Cashing Out, Kala Art Institute, Berkele, CA
Itch Magazine, Vlaeberg, Johannesburgh, South Africa
Ministerio de Cultura, Salón Nacional de Artistas catalog, Bogotá, Colombia

Guillermo Vanegas. Preámbulo Centenario, exhibition catalog. Ministerio de Cultura. Bogotá, Colombia
Tim Brouk. “Take 5 with Tim.” Journal & Courier, April, 2010

Jorge Rojas. Low Lives, exhibition catalog, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Ministerio de Cultura, Transmisiones, Bogotá, Colombia
Jessica Baran, St. Louis Art Capsules. Riverfront Times, July 21

Fernando Escobar. “Glocalizados y desrealizados/Glocalized and Unrealized.” ARTECONTEXTO—arte cultura nuevos medios 18 (2008): 46-49

Fabian Vega. “More toxic than Bazuco.” NOTICIA UNIANDINA 23 Maria del Pilar Bolivar. “Publican por su cuenta.” EL TIEMPO, June 9 Maria del Pilar Bolivar. “Sellos Independientes.” EL TIEMPO, July 27


“Dirty South, North Star, Pirate Tropic,” SECAC’s New Generation of Artist-Educators, Greensboro, NC, October 31
“Pirate Tropic,” Contexts, Open Engagement, Portland State University, Portland, OR, May 19
“Museum Mixtape,” Goddess Clap Back, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY, July 27
“Museum Mixtape,” The Impossible Project, Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, NY February 20

“Dirty South, North Star, Pirate Tropic,” Artist presentation, Purdue University,    West Lafayette, IN, October 17
“ANTI-OQUIA,” artist presentation, Casa Tres Patios, Medellín, Colombia, June 30
“Low Lives,” project presentation, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, New York, NY, March 3
“Public Image,” Teen Symposium: Power of the Image, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, February 11

“Bazuco,” Cashing Out, Kala Art Foundation, Berkeley, CA November 11
Artist talk, Narco-Nations, Duke University, Durham, NC, November 2

“Rock Is Dead,” artist talk, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC, October 25
Artist talk, Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC, June 25
“NO LOGO,” artist presentation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, May 3

Academic Affiliations

2015 – Present
Assistant Professor - Studio for Interrelated Media
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Visiting Artist
Department of Art, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

2010 – 2014
Assistant Professor of Art (Full Time)
Internet Art, Intro to Digital Art, Art & Politics
Department of Art and Art History, Elon University, Elon, NC

2007 – 2010
Instructor of Record
2D Foundations & 3D Foundations
School of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2004 – 2005
Teaching Assistant
Landscape Architecture
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia