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"When you look at a wall spotted with stains or with a mixture of stones . . . you may discover: landscapes, mountains, figures in action; or strange faces, an endless variety of objects . . . like the sound of bells in whose jangle you may find any name or word you choose to imagine.�  Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

About the images

The Latin term imago ignata 'unknown image' describes a composition of colors and shapes that have little correspondence to the world of external reality. These photographs are of random paint, graffiti, faded handbills, and weathered surfaces, found on walls, lampposts, and doors in the streets of New York, Brooklyn, Havana, Los Angeles, Medellin, and other cities.

Traditionally, nonrepresentational imagery has been the domain of painting.  However, by photographing a surface and eliminating any reference to its physical context, my intention is to �abstract� and transform it into an intangible realm of color, energy, mood, and mystery.  Although I use a camera to make these images, I have come to think in terms of the individual image, rather than whether it is a painting, a collage, or a photograph.  I photograph these commonplace, and consequently, �invisible� surfaces as a means of probing the imagination.


Both of my parents were artists and I had the opportunity to listen and participate in discussions about art and creativity with many of their friends, including photographers: Richard Avedon, Ernst Haas, Irving Penn, Hiro and painters Michael Goldberg, Larry Rivers, and Norman Blum.

While I have worked as an editorial and commercial photographer, primarily in celebrity portraits, publicity, and fashion, I now concentrate exclusively on my personal work.  


Declaraci�n de Artista

Cuando est�s frente a un muro cubierto de manchas o hecho con una mezcla de piedras, puedes descubrir paisajes, monta�as, figuras en acci�n o caras extra�as; una variedad infinita de objetos.   �  Los Cuadernos de Leonardo da Vinci


El t�rmino latino ignata imago, 'imagen desconocida', describe una composici�n de colores y formas que tienen poca correspondencia con el mundo de la realidad externa. Estas fotograf�as son de pintura al azar, graffiti, se desvaneci� volantes, y las superficies, que se encuentran en las paredes, postes de luz, y las puertas en las calles de Nueva York, Brooklyn, La Habana, Los �ngeles, Medell�n y otras ciudades resistido.

Tradicionalmente, la representaci�n de im�genes no-figurativa ha estado limitada al campo de la pintura. Sin embargo, al fotografiar una superficie y eliminar cualquier referencia a su contexto f�sico, es mi intenci�n abstracta y transformarlo en un reino intangible de color, la composici�n, el humor y misterio. He llegado a creer que es la imagen final lo que importa, no c�mo se hace o si se trata de una pintura, un collage o una fotograf�a. Fotograf�o el lugar com�n, y en consecuencia, de las superficies "invisibles" como un medio para explorar mi imaginaci�n.

Eric Cato es fot�grafo de Nueva York que vive en Medell�n. �El arte callejero en cada ciudad tiene una sensaci�n y una paleta particular; me emociona continuar con el proyecto al explorar la paleta vibrante y fuerte que estoy encontrando en Medell�n, una ciudad que fuertemente y con claridad est� encontrando su identidad.�


Mis padres eran artistas y tuve la oportunidad de escuchar y participar en las discusiones sobre el arte y la creatividad con muchos de sus amigos, entre ellos fot�grafos: Richard Avedon, Ernst Haas, Irving Penn, Hiro y pintores, Michael Goldberg, Larry Rivers y Norman Blum.

Mientras he trabajado como fot�grafo comercial y editorial, principalmente en retratos de celebridades, publicidad y moda, ahora me concentro exclusivamente en mi trabajo personal.




Photo by Jim Varriale

Select Exhibits

November 5, 2013 � January 16, 2014: Solo show of 20 prints at the Dann Carlton Belfort Hotel  Medell�n, Colombia.

May 30 August 15, 2013: Group Show. Featured artist at Piso 11: Art at the Charlee; 11 large prints,  Medell�n, Colombia.

November - December 2012 � Solo show of 23 large images at ABC Spanish & Art, Medell�n, Colombia.

July 2010 � Two large prints installed at the Intercontinental Hotel: Times Square at 300 West 44th St. in Manhattan; Wall #3 in the ground floor restaurant and Wall #23 facing the Business Suite.

February-March 2008 � 31st Annual Small Works group show. 80 Washington Square East Gallery - New York

August 2005 � Group Show. Open Your Eyes @ Contemporary Project Space 32 (CPS)  � an exhibit of digital images - New York

June 2005 � Group Show. Art Taste � an official exhibit of the city of Bordeaux, France

April 2005 � Solo Show. Imago: Recent Images / Soho Photo Gallery - New York

February 2005 � Two-man Show with photographer Andrea Narins. From the Imago Project @ kanvas lounge/gallery - Chelsea.

November 2004 � Solo Show. Imago: Recent Images / Soho Photo Gallery - New York.

February 2004 � Solo Show. Industrial Paint & Fa�ade: Ten Images / Soho Photo Gallery - New York.

July 1977 Juried Show, Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY � 3rd place (Juror: Irving Penn).


Community Involvement / Special Projects

In 2004, 2005 and 2006   Benefit Exhibition and Sale: Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, NY



1970-71: New York University, School of Film & Television.

1970: Parson�s School of Design, Printmaking.

1964-65: Long Island University, Southampton, Val Telberg: The Image in Photography and Film.


� Eric Cato 2013