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Vail art: ‘Similarities common to all humanity’

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Guilloume is a master of “Bolismo,” a self-described, emotion-filled style using modest forms, textures and shading to portray a vast range of human feelings.

“When I look at a person, I see beyond the persona and the temporary attributes of age, beauty and style,” said Guilloume, who prefers to go by his first name only. “It is there that I find the circles and roundish forms that create the essence of the human figure and define my preferred artistic style – Bolismo.”

Born in Colombia in 1957, Guilloume dedicated himself to the arts at an early age, completing his formal studies at Medellin’s prestigious Bellas Artes Institute in 1982. He uses oil, watercolor, oil-pastel, pastel, pencil and ink to create his paintings. An equally accomplished sculptor, Guilloume’s bronze and stone creations have been singled out by Sculpture Magazine to place him among the 10 most important sculptors of our day.

Guillourne is taking part in the Vail Arts Festival, which continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He answered a few questions in advance of the festival.

Vail Daily: What is your favorite piece?

Guilloume: “I’m not sure I have a favorite. My subjects are purposely devoid of recognizable facial features. If I provide the viewer with identifiable characteristics, then I play a part in accentuating the differences between people. Instead, I prefer to underscore the similarities common to all humanity. “

VD: What inspires your work?

G: “My inspiration is people, especially when they are together. Typically, my paintings and sculptures depict two or more people. This is simply meant to express my understanding of humans as social beings. Like living people, my characters are most happy when they are among family, friends and others with common interests.”

VD: What brings you to the Vail Arts Festival?

G: “This is my seventh year coming to Vail. I love the mountains, the trails, the city, shopping and a make it a vacation for my entire family.”

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