Feliza Bursztyn

1933, Bogota - 1982, Paris

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.