Pepe Gaitán comes from a bourgeois family. His father died when he was very young. His mother is still alive, and has him over every saturday for breakfast so that he can read her the newspaper.
He pursued his studies in social communication and was a professor for a while. He was particularly interested in radio. In 1975, the curious expression “Don’t eat so many sweets if you don’t want to catch amoebas” seemed to be the catalyst for a turning point in his life. It was indeed after this moment that he began his work. He spent his days in libraries, picked texts meticulously, photocopied them and then added his touch, first by crossing out most of the letters, then transforming the page by adding collages and signs always with a very particular chromatic range. The echoes of forms that recall a sort of codification give these works a striking geometric force. Each page hides amoebas that he calls pseudopods.
He lives alone today in Bogota and draws constantly.
"scrivere designando" when language seeks its other, contemporary art center, genève, switzerland, from january 29th to may 3st, 2020.
session #7 : tandem, bertrand grimont gallery, paris, from july 12th to 18th 2018.
photo | brut : collection bruno decharme et compagnie, les rencontres d’arles in collaboration with abcd and the american folk art museum (new york), les rencontres de la photographie, mécanique générale, from july 1st to september 22nd, 2019.
do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, from april 26th to june 2nd, 2018.
drawing now art fair, le carreau du temple, from march 22th to 25th 2018.
heterotopias : architectural dwellings, curator : matali crasset, christian berst art brut gallery, from december 2nd, 2017 to january 20th, 2018.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, works from the treger saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from june 18th to february 28th, 2017.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, curator: christian berst; associated curtors : brut pop, belfort museums, belfort, france, from october 29th to january 16th, 2017.
cracking the code, appleton square, lisbon, portugal, from october 7th to november 3rd, 2016.
preTENse, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from september 12th to october 21th, 2015.
art brut live, dox center for contemporary art, prague, czech republic, from march 27th to august 17th, 2015..
art brut, collection abcd/bruno decharme, la maison rouge, paris, from october 17th to january 18th, 2014.
pepe gaitán, epiphany, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from september 9th to october 11th, 2014.
do the write thing, read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, new york, from october 30th to december 21th, 2014.
(off)icielle, cité de la mode et du design, paris, from october 22th to 26th, 2014.
photo|brut, collection bruno decharme & compagnie, paris, flammarion ed., abcd and the american folk art museum, 2019.
exhibition catalogue, do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., 2018.
visions solidaires pour demain, "le numérique est-il compatible avec le solidaire", n°2, 2017/2018, cognacq-jay fondation, december 2017, p.94.
exhibition catalogue, heterotopias : architectural dwellings, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, les presses du réel ed., belfort museums, belfort, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, do the write thing : read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., new york, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, art brut, collection abcd/bruno decharme, bruno decharme et barbara safarova, flammarion, paris, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, pepe gaitan: epiphany, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2014.
selective press review
- L'art brut mis en avant à la galerie l'Entrepôt authors in Monaco info, July 14, 2016.
- Pepe Gaitan, ou l'art de la lettre barrée authors la rédacton in Libération.com, October 7, 2014.
- Brutes de l'art authors Marie Zawisza in Le Monde, October 4 2014.
- Pepe Gaitán authors François Salmeron in Paris Art, September 19, 2014.
- Pepe Gaitán authors Bénedicte Philippe in Télérama sortir, September 3-9, 2014.
- L'art brut à contre courant authors Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee et Patrick Le Fur in Arts Magazine, September 2014.