Johanna Calle

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, 1965.

Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.


With a production at the same time delicate and forceful, Johanna Calle found in drawing and graphism a special way to reference problems and inconsistencies that permeate the Latin American society. Using different forms of writing as a starting point, Calle appropriates of manuscripts, letters,musical scores, mathematical arrays or shorthand techniques in a kind of permanent game between lines, words and signs. After studying at the Universidad de los Andes (1984-89) in Bogotá, Johanna Calle took a Masters course in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art, London (1992-93). 


Selected solo exhibitions include: Silentes, curadoria de Helena Tatay, Museu de Arte do Banco da Republica, Bogotá, Colômbia (2015), Krizinger Residencies, Krizinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2013), Variaciones políticas del trazo dibujos de Johanna Calle, Fundación TEOR/éTica, San José de Costa Rica (2008); Laconia, Galería Santa Fé, Planetario Distrital, Bogotá (2007); Zona Tórrida, Galería Casas Riegner, Bogotá (2006); Pretérita, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá (2006); and Tangencias, Sala ASAB, Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá (2005). 


Group exhibitions include: Sidney Biennial (2016), 31st. Sao Paulo Biennial (2014), Lines, curated by Rodrigo Moura, Hauser & Wirth (2014), Artists and War, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota (2009); Other flora, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo (2008); Historia Natural y Política, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá (2008); Cartas sobre la mesa, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá (2008); DisPlaced, Contemporary Art from Colombia, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2007); Bordes del dibujo, Museo de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia (2006); Contradicciones y convivencias, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia (2005); Otras miradas, Museo Sofía Imber de Caracas (2004); De la représentation à l'action, Le Plateau, Paris (2002); Políticas de la diferencia. Arte iberoamericano de fin de siglo, a traveling exhibition organized by Generalitat Valenciana, Spain (2001). 


Throughout her career, Calle has received a number of awards for her work, significant among which are: Emerging Artists Grants Program, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation CIFO, Miami (2008) and Mención de Honor IV Premio Luis Caballero (2007); Beca Cité International des Arts, Paris, AFFA Asociación Française des Affaires Etrangeres (2001); and Premio Salón Regional de Artistas, Ministerio de Cultura (2000), among others.