Felipe Castelblanco, born in 1985, is a Colombian/American interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, and networked installations, his work creates participatory experiences of publicness and coexistent -if sometimes contentious- encounters. Most recently, he has constructed an invisible wall connecting children across two continents (Children's Museum of Pittsburgh); collaborated with participants from 10 countries to turn the world upside-down (Future Tenant Gallery); and assembled a team of day laborers to paint houses -on canvas- in the streets of Portland, Oregon (Open Engagement). Felipe earned his BFA from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia in 2008 and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. In 2012 Castelblanco attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine. His work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art in California, FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, FIVAC festival in Camaguey Cuba, and the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia. In 2013, he was the John Fergus Family Visiting Artist at the school of art of The Ohio State in University in Columbus, Ohio where he founded of MOTE 078 Gallery, also in Columbus.
Among his collaborative endeavors is THE DRIFT, a floating platform for creative projects that explore the rivers and waterfronts within the city of Pittsburgh through performances, lectures, and buoyant interventions. Castelblanco is also the co-founder of VISIVA Foundation, a non-profit organization that between 2009-2012 promoted Art + Design and Cultural development in Colombia and Latin America. Also, he is a former member of The Venice Biennial of Bogotá, a biennial urban art event produced in a marginalized area of Bogotá called Venice neighborhood, which invites local and international artist to produce site-specific projects in the area. Castelblanco lives and works between London, New York, Columbus and Bogotá. He is currently the 2014-2015 Starr Fellow at the Royal Academy in London.