Into the vortex: the stunning creations of Federico Uribe

Think it’s impossible to create fine art with coloured pencils? Think again…

Peter Iantorno February 24, 2015

Used in the traditional sense - drawing and shading - coloured pencils aren't an especially interesting artistic medium, but when those pencils actuallybecome the art, like in Federico Uribe's astonishing abstract pieces, suddenly the humble pencil becomes far more intriguing.

The Colombian artist takes his inspiration from his surroundings, finding a whole range of objects - from safety pins, toy soldiers and bullet casings, to plasters, pencils and even arrow heads - to craft into his creations.

As well as his abstract work, Uribe has also worked on a range of busts (below), using everything from coins and padlocks to clothes pegs and, of course, his favoured pencils. Federico Uribe artwork.

His sculptures, which can often be in excess of six feet tall, are held together with a combination of zip ties and glue. Uribe uses clever layering techniques to produce sweeping geometric patterns and contrasting textures, all with the same material positioned in different ways.

In Uribe's opinion, every object has a meaning, and his artwork is all about him trying to explain that meaning. He's not trying to spread a message of recycling, or any other self-righteous crusade, he's simply concerned with making people happy when they view his art.

Below are a few of his works that make us happy, and at the bottom of the page is a video interview, in which Uribe goes into a bit more detail about his inspirations, motivations and ambitions: Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. safety pins1 detail Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Federico Uribe artwork. Details: For more from Federico Uribe, visit federicouribe.com