Feliza Bursztyn

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Feliza Bursztyn
Feliza Bursztyn.jpg
Born (1933-09-08)8 September 1933
Bogotá, Colombia
Died 8 January 1982(1982-01-08) (aged 48)
Paris, France
Nationality Colombian
Education Art Students League of New York, Ossip Zadkine at Académie de la Grande Chaumière
Known for Sculpture
Notable work Camas e Histéricas

Feliza Bursztyn (September 8, 1933, Bogotá, Colombia — January 8, 1982, Paris, France[1]) was a Colombian sculptor.


Feliza Bursztyn studied painting in the Art Students League of New York City[2] and sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Her exploration with materials started thanks to the work of the French artist César Baldaccini and after 1961 she started using scrap metal in her works.[3] Bursztyn was part of a generation that changed the definition of sculpture in Colombian culture.[4]

Her workshop in Bogotá was a gathering place for many writers, artists, and intellectuals including Gabriel García Márquez, Alejandro Obregón, Marta Traba, Álvaro Cepeda Samudio, Santiago García, Jorge Gaitán Durán, Fernando Martínez Sanabria, and Hernando Valencia Goelkel. She took exile in Mexico in 1981 due to the political and social problems in Colombia.

Bursztyn's parents were Polish Jews who had been visiting Bogotá at the time of her birth in 1933. When they received news of Adolf Hitler's election to the German Chancellorship, they decided to remain in Colombia, where her father founded a small textile factory.[5]

Feliza died in exile in Paris on January 8, 1982, leaving many of her works to the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the National Museum of Colombia.[1]

Feliza married Lawrence Fleischer December 6, 1952 and together had three daughters, Jannette, Bethina, and Michelle. On December 6, 1982 Michelle gave birth to a daughter and named her Feliza.


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Gina McDaniel Tarver (June 2014). "The Art of Feliza Bursztyn Confronting Cultural Hegemony (Section: "The Status Quo")". Artelogie VI. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Feliza Bursztyn", article in Arte en Colombia 17 (Dec. 1981) by Miguel González, pp. 44-47
  4. ^ "Feliza Bursztyn", article in Eco 44.267 (Jan. 1984) by Marta Traba, pp. 235-260
  5. ^ Camilo Leyva, Manuela Ochoa, and Juan Carlos Osorio, “Cronología,” in Feliza Bursztyn : Elogio de la chatarra (Bogotá : Museo Nacional de Colombia, 2009), p.7