Omar Chaves Viteri | The New Engagement

Omar Chaves Viteri

Omar Chaves Viteri

Omar Chaves Viteri

Fully self-taught painter and draftsman, Omar is also a General Practitioner who graduated in medicine in 2006 from one of the most prestigious universities in Colombia. He has participated in multiple local exhibitions in his hometown, including "Gajes del officio" Bucaramanga Santander June 2015. Additionally, in 2019, Omar participated in "El centro con las salas abiertas IX. Ojos abiertos, oídos despiertos,"a collective exhibition at the Custodio García Rovira House of Culture in his hometown Bucaramanga. Omar also participated in the project of registration and recovery of cultural heritage, took part in the illustration of the classic book of Colombian literature "La María" by the writer Jorge Isaacs, and also had the opportunity to participate in the illustration of the book "Portrait of a Dutch lover" of the Santanderean writer Karmi Kiroga in 2017. He is also co-star of the book "The Age of The Eye," a 2017 project that gathered artists from the department of Santander Colombia. He has taken part in multiple events that promote local and national art, always being faithful to the representation of masculine aesthetics in its finest way.

Omar never received a formal arts education, his curiosity and love for science and knowledge has led him to discover unique ways to combine light and use pigments as compounds, not only for their hue, the discipline inherited from his training in the scientific method, and constant and strict practice in the study and graphic representation of the male anatomy. Omar enjoys capturing men’s figures as they engage in daily life, in addition to apocalyptic, dystopian events, with overtones of horror and cyberpunk. Omar’s work expounds his love for masculinity without disguise, embedded in an experience full of culture in the limits of subversion and empowerment of the current and future homosexual man; in his own words: "In an attempt to root out the association of homosexuals with explicit sex, my boys in the most charming and natural way, tell the story of the non-stereotypical homosexual man, they give courage to homosexuals in the world, to stop hiding, to do much more than I, little or much, have achieved with my pride and lack of modesty, with the love for my guild, with my fine and humble art, teaching haters that homosexuals are not stuffed with flowers, we are flesh, spirit and soul, like everyone, full of existence and love, like everything, just stardust—a breath from heaven."

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