Feliza Bursztyn was a Colombian sculptor of Polish descent who became widely known for her use of unconventional materials including junk, iron and automobile scraps, stainless steel and motors for the creation of sculptures that incorporated movement and sound. A highly controversial figure in the Colombian art scene of the 1960’s and 70’s due to her irreverent yet humorous personality which she imbued into her work, Bursztyn expanded the notion of sculpture thanks to the ways in which she arranged her unorthodox materials on a single axis, thus revealing the process behind their construction. By incorporating movement, sound and space into her compositions, Bursztyn defied the traditional ways of experiencing art, while resignifying discarded materials and granting them an unprecedented value.
"Forty years after they were built, Feliza's sculptures continue to produce astonishment, surprise and strangeness. Her work is current: she explores the possibilities of materials other than marble and bronze, and transgresses the canons of sculptures with an undisciplined abstraction that involves space and the viewer."
María Vistoria de Robayo
*Photograph by Rafael Moure