Ricardo Peláez


Ricardo Andrés Peláez Piedrahita was born in Medellín, Colombia, a place of vibrant natural beauty. He graduated from architecture school at the Pontificia Bolivariana University.

He took advantage of the opportunity to study art, drawing and etching at the Porta Romana State Institute of Art and the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy and at the Studio Camnitzer in Lucca, Italy for four years.

When he returned to Colombia, he founded the Taller de Grabado in Medellín, with Luis Fernando Mejia. For more than twenty-five years the studio, now called La Estampa, has been a creative working space for artists as well as an educational adjunct for university students.

Peláez lived and worked in Miami Beach, Florida for fifteen years before relocating to Santa Barbara, California.

His work is represented by Alicia Restrepo, owner of Etra Fine Art of Miami, Florida and Virginia Repasky Art Management of Long Beach, California.

Works by Peláez are included in the collections of Jay and Patty Baker, Ugo and Sara Colombo, Claudia Hakim and her husband, Nayib Neme, and many others.

CV available upon request.


  • Matisse
  • Chardin
  • Stuart Davis
  • Magritte
  • Klimt
  • Degas
  • Jacque Louis-David (Madame Recamier)
  • Hyacinthe Rigaud (Louis XXI)
  • Mondrian

I select elements from the works of the masters - images, patterns, faces, graphics, etc – and these become the vocabulary for my new pieces

My Inspiration.

I find inspiration from images of master works from the history of Western art. A photo of a painting may inspire me to investigate an artist further and explore his or her other works. Once I choose an image or set of images, I select from them elements that may be representational, abstract or decorative, including patterns, faces, and objects, and these become the vocabulary for my new pieces.
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