Born in Spain to Columbian parents in 1969, Astor was surrounded by art and storytelling from a very young age, learning much from his father who was a renowned journalist. In the ’90s, Astor passionately pursued photography, teaching himself how to develop film, work in a darkroom and experiment with light. A prolific traveller, he immersed himself in different cultures, documenting what he saw.
From photography, Astor embarked on a career in documentary filmmaking, winning a prestigious television award. All the while, he was working in his spare time on his own personal art, evolving his own inimitable style.
Today, Astor’s once part-time passion is his career, and he has held exhibitions across the globe. Based in beautiful Hamburg, when not painting, he is continuously absorbing beauty, ideas and stories from the world around him: books, museums, galleries, magazines, art shows, design shows. His unending curiosity inspires his work and pushes him to explore new narratives.
Astor Milan Salcedo is a contemporary artist whose work is a vibrant, tactile, ever-evolving ode to life.
Astor is a master of creating meaning and depth, whether it is through his photography or abstract paintings. He sees nature as our biggest source of energy, and consequently, his greatest inspiration. With nature as his eternal muse and foundation, he explores the shifting illusions between politics, literature, history and human emotion.
Using layer-upon-layer of oils applied with squeegees, brushes, spatulas and sometimes even his own hands, Astor creates astonishingly complex surfaces that somehow feel both urgently wild and carefully considered at the same time. He invites viewers to lose themselves in the array of colours, exploring the endless forms, stories and meanings that lie behind the vividly mesmerising flurries of paint.
For Astor, colour is freedom. It talks directly to your soul. It is unfiltered and raw. With every fresh perspective, every viewing, every closer look, Astor’s work reveals itself a bit more to the observer. Colours transform, meanings and forms evolve. And as they shift, so too does the observer’s awareness of themselves.