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A look at the work of the Colombian painter Alfredo Sanabria Sánchez

Amazonian rainforest and the Planet Earth

 By BFP Staff  Monday, May 21, 2018

By Alfredo Sanabria Sánchez
I Alfredo Sanabria Sánchez artist painter, graphic designer of the National University of Santa Fe in Bogota D.C.; After overcoming my condition of being displaced by the violence of Colombia, after losing my family, I managed to make an excellent exhibition in Quito, Ecuador, in the House of Ecuadorian culture Benjamin Carrion, product of more than 12 years of work, On the families of living beings of the Ecuadorian Yasuni (January 10-January 28 2017).

Since 1989 I began to earn an honest life with the sale of my works of art in Bogotá and from that date until 2002 I was victim to more than a thousand violations of international human rights standards by the Colombian National Police:
- Abuse of authority by members of the Colombian national police in the city of Bogotá D.C.
- Physical verbal and psychological aggression on their part.
- Run over and daily, continuous, constant chasing: on foot, on horseback, by bicycle, on a motorcycle, in a car, on a patrol radio, in a van, in a truck, and finally in a dump truck (this was the drop that spilled the glass, attached copy of the complaint I filed with the competent authorities.
In many of these constant and intimidating requests sometimes within the CAI (police station), four or five policemen forcing me to undress, loss of my belongings and money from my wallet affecting the universal declaration of human rights in articles:
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and endowed as they are with reason and conscience, they should behave fraternally towards each other.
- Every person has all the rights and freedoms proclaimed in this declaration, without distinction of race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion or of another person, national and social, economic or social condition.
- The whole body has the right to life, liberty and the security of his person.
- No one will be more than tortures or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- All are equal before the law and have, without distinction, the right to equal protection of the law. Everyone is entitled to equal protection against any discrimination against this declaration and against any provocation to such discrimination.
- No one can be arbitrarily detained, imprisoned or banished.
In the last months that I lived in the city of Santa Fe of Bogotá DC on Sundays there was a craft market in the Usaquén neighborhood, there had been a problem selling my artwork but I was waiting for a truck full of policemen, I just walked with the backpack and my pictures and I was already getting on the truck, thus losing the day of work, there was a police officer who intimidated us with the different weapons. They also kill that son of a ###! Thus directly affecting the universal declaration of the rights of man in articles:
- Every person accused of a crime has the right to be presumed innocent until he has been condemned to it, to the law and to the public trial in which he has secured all the guarantees necessary for his defense. No one is condemned for acts or omissions that were not criminal at the time they were committed according to national and international law.
- No one shall be subject to arbitrary interference in his private life, his family, his home or his correspondence, nor attacks on his honor or reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against tales of interference or attacks.
- Everyone has the right to move freely or the right to freedom of movement.

Feeling thus persecuted and constantly being victim of inhuman and degrading treatment by the Colombian national police directly.
On the last occasions close to the date of the complaint (attached copy) officials of the national police some of my creations and crafts to donate to private foundations.
As a consequence of this chain of abuses and violations of my human rights, the process of growth and development of my daughters was also damaged: Dalia Isabel Sanabria Martínez and Estefanía Quiñónez, of which I am currently unaware of their geographical location.

I have the right to an adequate standard of living that ensures my family and health and well-being and especially food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services; I also has the right to insurance in case of unemployment, illness, disability, vines, old age or other cases of loss of their means of subsistence due to circumstances beyond their control. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children born in or out of wedlock are entitled to equal social protection.
As a painter through my work I exercised the right to free expression, but being a victim of abuse of authority, aggression and abuse by the Colombian national police described above more than a thousand times during these thirteen years. From 1989 to 2002, my process of personal evolution and creativity was abruptly interrupted, thus failing to comply with human rights:
Of course, in this constant situation of enforced disappearance and persecution of which I was victimized more than a thousand times by members of the national police, my right to work was directly harmed:
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of work, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Every person who works has the right to an equitable and satisfactory remuneration that assures him as well as his family an existence in accordance with human dignity and that will be completed if necessary by any other means of social protection.

I am the exception that makes the rule that’s why I am a painter! And seeing as a victim in the flesh of the police aggression, physically injured (without permanent disability) thus missing the fulfillment of human rights:

Attached copy of the exhibition I did in the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá year 2001.
For all of the above, I requested compensation from the consulate of Colombia on June 24, 2016, but Mr. Eduardo Ordoñez refused to receive this statement to be included in the registry of victims of the Colombian violence.

After this tragic event, knowing that the “Colombian justice” only solves 3% of the demands or denunciations, that is 97% remain in impunity, I came to Ecuador on September 13, 2002 requesting refuge from of September 16, 2002 in the UNHCR, I was denied in the first instance, I insisted again and I was also denied refuge in the second instance, my application again and I was denied the appeal by the third instance, I made the appeal and They also denied me the shelter again ... so that I was almost dead in life and unable to return to my country (for fear of being a victim of the false positive), passing needs, hunger etc. I got a sketch book and some pencils and I went to live in the jungle of the Ecuadorian Yasuni living with indigenous tribes: Huaorani, Tagaeri, and Taromenani; in the zone of the Amazonian jungle between the Tiputini, Cononaco Yasuni, Napo, etc .; I had to adapt for 6 months of living to eat: monkey hand with hairs and without salt, snake meat, fruits native to the region, piranha meat, etc .; during this time I made numerous sketches of the fauna and flora of the region, which were the primary base of this gigantic collection of 15 works of art. After 6 months of staying in the jungle on a student trip to the Central University of Ecuador, I met the one who is now my wife and companion: María Cristina Méndez Carcelén who rescued me from the jungle and brought me back to civilization (to the city of Quito - Ecuador) after 13 years of constant work making crafts and walking 5 kilometers daily to sell my work, I was able to save little by little a small amount of money for the purchase of high quality materials for painting (canvases, oils, brushes, pencils, etc.) After more than two years of intense pictorial work (dedicating around 15 hours a day for two months to each work) I managed to finish this collection of 15 works and with borrowed money register each of the works in the IEPI (Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property and Related Rights) later present my project to the House of Ecuadorian Culture Benjamín Carrión and was approved to be held in an exhibition from January 10, 2017 to January 28 to January 28, 2017, all the information of this work is on the Pinterest page: Yasuni Gallery included in the boards YASUNI-REVOLUCION-JEAMZOL and content historical.
There are thousands of Colombian compatriots who have been harmed, assaulted, and stolen their merchandise by members of the national police and perhaps for fear of reprisals, exile or persecution do not denounce these arbitrariness being marked their lives forever by social injustice and rape to human rights.
To all this I must add that my two parents died while I have been living in Ecuador these years and I could not even go to see them off on their deathbed.
So after having lost my family and feeling this moral and physical pain in my whole being I just want to contribute with my work to the preservation of the ecosystem and the biodiversity of the jungle, protecting the habitats to save the families of: felines, reptiles, birds, insects, butterflies, beetles, mammals and human beings that still live in this region of our Planet Earth.


For all the above I need to please pàtrocinadores to help me realize my life project, to market my work; The technical data of the works is:
Technic: Oil on canvas and enamel.
Size: 2.12 MTS x 2.12 MTS format rhombus.

This work is endorsed by the current Minister of Culture and Patriomonio of Ecuador, Don Raul Perez Torres (attachment) All works are registered in the IEPI (Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property and neighboring rights); I am currently the largest number of sponsors for the art I do, to get my own art gallery and realize my next exhibition of which I have the sketches.
I thank you all for your financial support for my artistic work, you can make your donations money to account No. 090086492-0 of Banco Internacional on behalf of Maria Cristina Mendez Carcelén and Alfredo Sanabria Sánchez

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