Published: June 04, 2013
Colombian sculptor Carlos Camargo Vilardy will exhibit recent works at The University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery June 7–July 3. There will be an opening reception on June 7 from 7–9 p.m.
Camargo’s paintings, drawings, and abstract and figural sculptures depict circus life, pre-Hispanic culture and ballet. He favors bronze, steel, forged iron and wood in his sculpture.
In the center of the gallery is an installation from his “Circus” series, which came from his fascination with acrobats and trapeze artists.
“Besides exalting their movements and bodies, it unveils the metaphor between the development of skills that go beyond human abilities — challenging the impossible — and the world’s big, Machiavellian spectacle, where circus, carnival and theater merge into a visual drama,” said Camargo.
Other pieces on view come from his “Of Waters and Skies” series, featuring birds, fish, ships, snails and corals, and his “Martyrs” series, which depict innocent victims with no connection to the armed conflicts surrounding them.
Camargo completed his Master of Fine Arts at the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1978, specializing in sculpture. He also studied at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and at the Boston College of Art in Boston. Camargo has exhibited work in cities throughout his native country and many galleries in the United States, and created monumental sculpture for private and public spaces in Barranquilla and La Guajira, Colombia.
The gallery is located on campus at the R. K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 N. Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission. For more information contact Dorothy Cowden, gallery director, at
or (813) 253-6217.