Born in Bogota, Mr. Garrido chose painting as an expression of his work very early on. As an architect, he moved from construction and design to full color and textures, abandoning drawing structures to sink into paintings' compositions.
Since 1971, he has painted with the warmth and color of the tropics. The geometry of his compositions leans toward spaces and objects with deep concept of shadows and lines. These features naturally and repeatedly appear in elements that are required in any composition as a whole. Later, in 1985, a new arrangement in colors appeared, showing an enormous number of tones--seemingly without limit-- implying that colors and the treatment of the painting surfaces are not uniform.
He loves to work alone, being at peace with himself. From the beginning, his only purpose in painting has been to gratify his soul. He has chosen to work this way for the sheer pleasure and relaxation it brings. He is committed to giving his work all the force possible to allow the viewer to enjoy it to the fullest. As a result, his art shows are infrequent.
Mr. Garrido's paintings have their own positive and lucid language and can be identified as abstract, hard, and elegant expressionism. As the years have gone by, his work has matured. His colors, brush strokes, style, and imagination all seek to relax the viewer, to lend a new way of thinking--all the while acknowledging that the painter and the viewer have a wide world to explore.
National University of Colombia
Master of Architecture, 1970