Jim Amaral, an American artist based in Colombia since 1957, is an anonymous pioneer of the visual representation of sensuality and sexuality, in their more nuanced and less celebrated versions. He is a protean artist, capable of manipulating, transforming and sliding from one medium to the next: sketching, bronze casting, collage, painting, assemblage, embossing, with the goal of relentlessly tracing maps of this most delicate terrain. Amaral’s impressive repertoire, which spans many decades and materials, and is present in several private collections and public museums in North and South America as well as Europe, presents itself as a monument dedicated to the fragility and mutability of desire. He is part of a generation of artists profoundly influenced by the last iterations of surrealism, a generation that in turn made new pictoric and psychological incursions into uncharted territories. Their decades-long exercise in psychological self-examination, artistic experimentation and hard work based on discipline have yielded a multivalent vision that will be understood, each and every day with more recognition, in the future.
— Written based on the texts by Edward J. Sullivan and Susan Aberth
Jim Amaral: mundos conocidos (1st ed.). Bogotá: Amaral Editores.