Heriberto CUADRADO COGOLLO was born in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) on September 29th – 1945.
1961 - Studies at the Cartagena de Indias Academy of Fine
1963 – He realizes many portraits during this period and
becomes a member of the group « Los 15 ».
1964 – He is awarded a grant for Europe.
1965 – Takes residence in Madrid (Spain). Follows as an auditor
the art classes at the San Fernando School.
1966 – Moves to Paris (France).
1970 – While collaborating with the French editor Georges Visat,
he makes friends with the famous surrealist painter
Roberto Matta who suggests that he chooses his
mother’s name – COGOLLO – to sign his paintings.
During this same period he is befriended by the poet
José Pierre who later on, in 1973, will write the preface
of his first catalogue.
1973 – His first individual exhibition The World of a Nohor is put
on by the Parisian art gallery Suzanne Visat. Two
important encounters mark this event, the first being the
start of a long friendly collaboration with two more poets
Ted Joans and Joyce Mansour. The second being the
meeting with the French publisher/collector Daniel
1975 – In parallel to his painter activities, he begins his long
and successful illustrator career, under his father’s
name – CUADRADO – collaborating mainly with Lui and
Playboy, both monthly magazines published by
1977 – Release of a boxed set limited edition entitled Cogollo
Caniculaire, consisting of a series of lithographs along
with poems by Ted Joans and Joyce Mansour.
1988 – During these years, Cogollo’s illustrations spread from
magazines like Pilote (several signed front covers) to
weekly’s – Expansion, Le Nouvel Observateur – and on to
working for well known editors such as Gallimard, Albin
Michel. He also lends his brush to the world of cinema,
music and non-profit organizations making posters for :
Aïnama – Salsa pour Goldman (a documentary directed
by Franck Cassenti), the 1983 European Tour of Fela
and the Amnesty International ad campaign of the same
year… just to name a few.
2008 – He is a founder member of the group Magie-Image, a
collection of artists, the majority being of Latin-
American origin. During all these years, the group will
put on exhibitions in various museums in France, Spain,
USA and Guatemala.