Bernardo is a Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist interested in geopolitical issues of violence and human suffering. His inspiration comes from observations of the hypocrisy that exists between the rhetoric of human life value and the violent behavior of humanity. With his artworks he strives to engage his audience visually, but also morally and philosophically. In order to present such sobering topics in an approachable manner he borrows from his child-acquired interest of insects and entomology. He uses insects as an inspirational source for many of the formal elements in his work and, in many instances, a vehicle to express metaphors. His human-scale sculptures have captivating elements that invite viewers to investigate the works up-close. At either distance, the work is clean and precise mirroring his deep respect for the victims of the topics he addresses. Vallarino has an outstanding record of solo and group exhibitions as well as numerable juried shows and awards. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University and MFA in the same field from Texas Woman’s University. In addition, he is a member of the Fort Worth Art Collective and a volunteer board member for not-for-profit organizations.
In my work I explore themes of human suffering, violence, abuse of power, politics, control and hypocrisy. These topics are all part of a larger social commentary regarding the disposable manner in which human life is treated. Around the world individuals are seen and treated as disposable, expendable or despised especially in times of armed conflicts. I describe this disregard for human lives by overlaying the perceived worth of the others to that of vermin; human lives terminated with the same lack of thought and empathy. In addition to this metaphorical association, insects and entomology also inspire elements of anonymity, plurality, scale and identification. With the somber content of my work, I intend to pay tribute to the victims as well as bring awareness to their suffering.
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UN-HUMAN: An Interview with Bernardo Vallarino