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Student Story: Albeiro Rojas Tomedes, Graduate Diploma Art & Design, 2019

Albeiro Rojas Tomedes grew up in the Colombian Amazon. He studied BA Painting at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London, before coming to the Royal College of Art to develop and expand his practice through the Graduate Diploma Art & Design. He will be starting on the MA Sculpture programme at the College in the autumn.

A portrait of Alberio Rojas Tomes
Albeiro Rojas Tomes
What are you up to right now?

I am currently exploring ‘Expanded Painting’ to take my practice in new directions, developing more conceptual works, experimenting with performance and developing my paintings into textile and sculptural forms.

How would you summarise the RCA in three words?

Talented, friendly and caring.

What’s your favourite place at the RCA?

I very much enjoy the workshops and being introduced to a wide variety of new skills and techniques, so that I am constantly learning and being exposed to new things.

How has being at the RCA changed you, or your work?

I am becoming more attentive to the conceptual underpinning to my work and the ideas and messages that I wish to convey as an artist. 

Who is your favourite artist or designer?

Right now I am enjoying the works of El Anatsui, but Lucio Fontana and Ángela de la Cruz have been a big influence in my work.

Describe your creative process in three words:

Cutting, breaking, expanding

painting on ice, by Alberio Rojas Tomedes
Killing Saint Jerome, Albeiro Rojas Tomes
Green Paint on frozen pond

What books, exhibitions, films, music etc. have inspired you recently?

Expanded Painting (2017) by Mark Titmarsh has allowed me to better contextualise my current work. My woven pieces have been particularly influenced by Susan Vogel’s film on El Anatsui Fold Crumple Crush (2010) which challenged the boundaries between sculpture and painting, and Anatsui’s use of discarded materials.

Do you have a favourite gallery or museum in London?

Tate Modern is my favourite with its vibrant, constantly changing contemporary exhibitions.

What’s the most inspiring place in London for you?

The banks of the River Thames.

How do you unwind?

I like to play tennis, hang out with friends, visit galleries, museums and go to the cinema.

Why do you think art and design are important to the world today?

Art can be a language for healing by connecting people to issues about which they feel strongly.

What do you have planned for your time post-RCA?

I won’t have much time as I am starting an MA in Sculpture at the RCA in September! However, I hope to do some travelling in the few weeks in between.

glass jars and grass in an installation by Albeiro Rojas Tomedes
W|E, Albeiro Rojas Tomes

Find out more about Graduate Diploma Art & Design at the RCA and how to apply.