EXHIBITION ETCHING ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE Gabriel García Marquéz Through the Hands of Pedro Villalba Ospina In Otto G. Richter Library | Floor 1 and 2 At the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida)

An artist's book exhibition featuring original etchings, drawings, and prints more than 20 years in the making.

Guía de la Exposición

Exhibition Guide

Guía en la que el visitante  puede orientarse  a través de la exposición.


Invitación de la Exposición

Exhibition Postcard

Separador de la Exposición

Book separator

Etching One Hundred Years of Solitude *

Gabriel García Márquez Through the Hands of Pedro Villalba Ospina


Pedro Villalba Ospina's artistic evocation of the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, 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 are original drawings, etchings, and prints that attest to more than 20 years of passion and dedication Villalba Ospina has devoted to the work, culminating in the handmade bibliophile version, tabernacle-like, 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 valuable 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 oeuvre would be completed in one year's time.While one can argue that an artist's work is never really finished, the work in this exhibition-over two decades on from that initial journal entry-serves as a testament to that which can be perfected and distilled with time, research, and immense creativity.


The installation before you, which continues on the library's second floor,was inspired and directed by Villalba Ospina's concept of transforming the library into a book, where the walls offer a multi-dimensional perspective of the book's chapters and invite the viewer to look closer, delve deeper, through his hands and unique vision, into Garcia Márquez's canonical and timeless text. 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 literary and artistic contributions that abound in the Americas.


Martin A. Tsang, Ph.D.

Curator of Latin American Collections

University of Miami Libraries

November 2018


* Excerpt from the Exhibition Guide.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Nota de Editor de la Edición de bibliófilo


Después de leer La siesta del martes a los once años, y luego de haber leído otros cuentos y una novela corta de Gabriel García Márquez, me instalé cómodamente en Cien años de soledad a los catorce llevado de la mano de mi profesora de literatura escolar. No imaginé entonces que algún día llegaría a conocer al autor, hacer aguafuertes para su novela y menos aún, que ahora, cuando la humanidad está buscando un refugio en el universo, me encontraría escribiendo esta nota de editor para la edición de bibliófilo de Cien años de soledad.


Conocí la obra de Gabriel García Márquez a la edad en que todos los hombres nos encontramos perdidos y hacemos intentos de poetas para rescatarnos: la adolescencia. Quizá fue el mejor momento porque veintiún años después de haberla leído por primera vez, la poesía que relampaguea en sus páginas orientó la dirección de mis dibujos y se incrustó para siempre entre el metal de los grabados desde el momento en que tracé la primera línea.


En los veinte años que han corrido desde entonces, a la obra realizada le integré nuevos grabados, frontones de primeras páginas de capítulo y viñetas, y aprendí los oficios de impresor y tipógrafo. Pero el momento más extraordinario en el transcurso de este tiempo fueron las horas que en diciembre de 2005, el maestro Gabriel García Márquez dedicó para observar, uno a uno, los grabados en la exposición que realicé en Casa de las Américas en la Habana, Cuba. A ese momento y sus consecuencias felices se integró mi primera comunicación con la señora Carmen Balcells en el año 2007; a partir de entonces construimos una serena y afectuosa comunicación que seguimos conservando y manteniendo aún hoy a través de mis sueños, a los que ellos, desde su gloriosa eternidad, vienen a visitarme.



Pedro Villalba Ospina

Diciembre de 2016

Bogotá- Colombia



One Hundred Years of Solitude

Artist Statement Bibliphile Edition


After reading La siesta del martes at the age of eleven, and after having read other stories and short novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I settled down with One hundred years of solitude. I was only fourteen years old but I was able to navigate led by the guidance of my literature teacher. Since then, I never imagined that I would some day meet the author and create etchings for the novel. Even less did I imagine that at a time when humanity is searching for refuge within the universe, that I would have found myself writing this note for the bibliophile edition of One hundred years of solitude.


I first saw the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at an age when all of us find ourselves lost, making attempts at poetry to rescue ourselves: adolescence. Perhaps it was the best moment because twenty-one years after reading it for the first time, the poetry that flashes across it’s pages would orient the direction of my drawings, and has embedded them everlastingly between the metal prints since the moment I traced the very first line.


In the twenty years that have passed by since my original work, I have integrated new prints, capitular letters, frontons and vignettes, and I have learned the labors of printing and typography. But the most extraordinary moment over the course of this time was in December 2005, when Gabriel Garcia Marquez dedicated hours to observe, one on one, the prints in the exposition which took place in the Casa de las Americas in Habana, Cuba. To that moment, and the happy consequences of it, has been integrated the first contact with Carmen Balcells in 2007. Since then, we have constructed a harmonious and affectionate communication that we continue to conserve and maintain to this day; in which, from the glorious eternity they come to visit me in my dreams.



Pedro Villalba Ospina

December 2016







This exhibition is made possible in part by the support

of The Tonkinson Foundation.







Pedro Villalba Ospina, en la apertura de la exposición.

Omar Vargas, Ph. D.

University of Miami Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Inauguración de la exposición.

Inauguración de la exposición.



Bogotá - Colombia





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