Art Review Board (Cochabamba)

Alejandra Dorado Cámara
Alejandra was born in 1969 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She graduated from ARCIS University in Santiago, Chile, with a degree in Fine Arts with special mention in painting. Since 1999 Alejandra has worked as a teacher of graphic design at the Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), specializing in drawing, graphic representation techniques and illustration. Alejandra is also co-founder and director of ‘Caja Verde’, which provides arts workshops for visually-impaired children and is financed by the Arnoldo Schwimmer Educational Fund. She has exhibited her work several times in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz, and has been invited to seminars and exhibitions in Cuba, Chile and USA. For more information about Alejandra and her work visit her website by clicking here.

Orlando Alandia
Orlando Alandia was born in Oruro in 1963. An architect, painter and engraver, he completed his studies in the US and Italy, where he qualified as an architect and also received a masters in Urban Design at Rome University. During his many years spent in Rome, he developed a passionate interest in the plastic arts, particularly painting and engraving. Since 1991 he has been a member of the ‘International Engravers’ Society’ based in Rome, and through several seminars led by masters such as Rina Riva, Nicola Sene, Alba Balestra, Amy Worthen, Jill Carlson and others, has immersed himself in both traditional and experimental engraving techniques. Orlando has exhibited both individually and in groups around the world, including in Italy, Bolivia, Brazil and the US. He is now a resident in Cochabamba and runs an art gallery and architecture studio.

Thomas (Mac) MacGregor
Thomas MacGregor graduated with a degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.  After graduating he worked as an in-house Artist for ‘The Stand Comedy Club’ which resulted in a large number of comedians’ portraits as well as the omnipresent ‘Stand cowboy’ which can be seen on nearly every other Lothian Bus. To support his studio work whilst in Edinburgh MacGregor took a part-time post at HMP Edinburgh as an art teacher. The prison environment helped to feed some of the social realism within Macgregor’s figurative style. During his years as a working artist it Edinburgh, MacGregor headed up an artist run collective. Although Drawing and Painting have always remained his main focus he has employed many other media including sculpture, ceramics, screen and intaglio printing, photography and new digital medias. In 2007 MacGregor moved to Bolivia as an artist resident with ‘Sustainable Bolivia’. In Bolivia he had three solo exhibitions in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. He has exhibited widely across Britain, the Balkans and Bolivia. Born in Sidcup MacGregor has spent most of his life in his ancestral homeland of Scotland although now lives in Leyton and has set up studio in Bethnal Green, London.

Alex Urquidi
Alejandro Urquidi Carreno was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1979. Alex comes from an artistic family and draws a lot of inspiration from his father, who was also a well-known artist in Cochabamba. When he was ten, Alex moved to the United States where he was immersed in an entirely new and different art community. It was in California that he was exposed to psychedelic art, graffiti, street art, gang art, tattoo art, and a variety of other styles that greatly contributed to his own artistic formation. Over the years Alex continued to polish his own style, but never felt the need to go to school for his art, as it was something he felt was naturally ingrained within him. He is the co-founder of the family-run art institute in Cochabamba called Arte Urquidi, which can trace its roots back to 1971 in Queens, New York. Following his father’s example, Alex and his family feel the need to teach the things they learn, so they offer classes in a variety of oil painting techniques. Alex is passionate about his art, and believes that every day is a new day to learn.

Pablo Cartagena
Pablo was born in Toluca, Mexico, and considers himself a “tolucochabambino.”  His dual nationality from Mexico and Bolivia have greatly impacted his personality, work, and life in general. Pablo has lived in Cochabamba for 8 years, where he founded the MARKA streetART Project. This project unites people of all ages to create and promote graffiti art throughout the city. Pablo especially emphasizes the ability for youth to express themselves freely throughout the city through this art form. In 2010, Pablo was invited on the Ironlak Graffiti Tour through seven South American countries to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Latin American independence. He has represented Bolivia through his artwork and design through various countries, including Colombia, Venezuela, England, Germany, Japan, and the USA.