Juan Obando started working in his native Bogotá in 2003, where he received a BA in Industrial Design with a minor in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad de los Andes. In 2005 he started the ongoing BZC Media Corporation Project (an international art unit based in Bogotá, with cells in Venezuela, USA, and The Netherlands,) and has subsequently been exhibiting throughout The USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Colombia and Venezuela. His work has been selected twice for Colombia’s “Salon Nacional de Artistas” (2008, 2010) and reviewed by different international publications, including the Madrid-based journal Artecontexto and the South African magazine Itch. In 2011, his work was included in the Decolonial Aesthetics and Narco-Nations exhibitions at Duke University.
Juan Obando currently works between Colombia and The USA and holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Elon University in North Carolina. In 2012 he developed an editorial piracy project while on residency at Casa Tres Patios, in Medellín, Colombia, and was recently awarded a 2012 Rhizome Commission for his MUSEUM MIXTAPE (Dirty South Edition) project.