«A nude is nothing but nature without disguises»
I discovered Débora Arango in a miniseries written by the Colombian Andrés Salgado, whose title seemed very suggestive, poetic, metaphorical: «Débora, the woman who undressed Colombia», broadcast in 2018. Later, her story encouraged me to inquire about this renowned character of Colombian and Latin American visual arts; In this process I found several studies dedicated to her life and work, essays, articles, monographs, and thesis.
Débora Arango, whose artistic career spans eight decades, was born in Medellín, Antioquia, on November 11, 1907, the daughter of an upper-class family. From a very young age she was characterized by being rebellious, by doing things that were forbidden to women. She declared herself against the conventions of the extremely conservative society in which she was born, grew up and had to develop her work.
After dropping out of high school, supported by her parents ─who always did─, she began painting studies at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Medellín, with the Colombian artist Eladio Vélez (1897–1967), which she abandoned after two years, because her interests were out of the conventional and academic, she always wanted to live, act and do what her feelings and thoughts dictated.