Orlando Pelaez

I studied drawing, painting and graphic design, trained by Colombian masters back in the1960s. I then migrated to NYC in the 1970s where I had the opportunity to attend some classic arts schools, especially the renowned “Art Students League of New York.” I also worked for a department store doing visual merchandising. All of this training combined made me “a Jack of all trades.” Thanks to that, I have been able to survive as an artist all these years by being able to create visual

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About My Work:


The majority of my artworks have always revolved around the Latin American subject matter.  At this point in my career, I feel that it is time to evolve and start a new chapter based on my appreciation and the romanticism I have for the American Southwest. These new works are based on my memories of childhood and a certain nostalgic echo of days gone by. I used to play cowboys and Indians on Sunday afternoons in the surrounding green hills of my home in Colombia, after the movie matinees and comic book exchanges in the theatre lobby. Are these new works my last stand? Will I ever create more Latin American works? Time can only tell, but for now I am painting and creating with my heart, fulfilling my love affair with the American Southwest.



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RANGES FROM: $400.00 TO $10.000



National Academy of Fine Arts, New York, NY – 1973

Art Students League of New York, New York, NY – 1973

Spanish American Institute, New York, NY – 1972

Antioquia University, B.F.A., Colombia, South America – 1969






Best of Show, Lilly Faris Art Fair, Indianapolis, IN – 2002

Creative Renewal Fellowship Winner, Arts Council of Indianapolis – 2001

Second Place Winner, Fiesta! Indianapolis art contest – 2000

First Place Winner, Fiesta! Indianapolis art contest – 1999

Worldwide Winner, U.N. First “FIGHT AIDS WORLDWIDE” stamp competition – 1990


  • TWANG!2009, 3D Foamcore construction 38"x40"


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