Miami-Dade County Visual Arts

Etching ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’: Gabriel García Márquez Through the Hands of Pedro Villalba Ospina

Etching" One Hundred Years of Solitude": Gabriel García Márquez Through the Hands of Pedro Villalba OspinaTuesday, November 20, 6:30pm-8pm – Kislak Center at the University of Miami Otto G. Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables

The University of Miami Libraries cordially invite you to Etching One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel García Márquez Through the Hands of Pedro Villalba Ospina, an artist’s book exhibition featuring original etchings, drawings, and prints, with a special presentation by Omar Vargas, Ph.D., of University of Miami’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and a Q&A session with Pedro Villalba Ospina. Pedro Villalba Ospina’s artistic evocation of the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad), by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, brings to life a story that immerses the viewer in a timeless and magical literary world of love and loss.

On display at the Otto G. Richter Library are original drawings, etchings, and prints that are a testament to the more than 20 years of passion and dedication Villalba Ospina has devoted to the work, culminating in the handmade bibliophile version that contains all of the elements of the exhibition and the artist’s lifework in one exquisitely crafted edition. Also on view are several of Villalba Ospina’s personal papers and tools which he used to imagine and realize the pages on display, an audiovisual presentation that affords us brief glimpses into his processes and the emphasis on deliberate, manual creation, and Villalba Ospina’s handwritten journal, opened to the page where he estimated that the entire process of bringing to life García Márquez’s literary classic would be completed in one year’s time.

We are thrilled to feature an exhibition at the University of Miami Libraries that materializes the touch and feel of myth and magical realism, as a celebration and representation of connecting us with the diverse talents, and literary and artistic contributions, which abound in and connect the Americas. This event is made possible in part by the support of The Tonkinson Foundation. This event is free and open to the public. A self-guided tour of the exhibition will follow the presentation. For questions about the event, please contact the UM Libraries at 305-284-4026 or