Art as Universal Language

Author: Adriana Zúñiga Velásquez



"Art" has always been recognized as a facilitator to express what is not easy to explain in other communication formats. This has always been a door to expressiveness without demarcated limits, opening up the freedom to detonate any speech without censorship.



Art is a social congregator that unites different communities in a single language, and the more diverse and flexible humans can be in opening their minds to freedom of expression to create things using different practices and accepting different ways of thinking, the more united It would be the world and we would live more in peace. If we put this in the soul of each one we can begin to work towards a more tolerant and receptive world.


I believe that each reflection on what art is and how it is made and the different positions and visions of life are important, each one can transmit these ideals of a healthier and more empathetic society to make a better world.



Important characters such as Ernst Gombrich and his book "The Story of Art",

Gombrich, E. (1950), The Story of Art, London, UK, Ed. Phaidon.




Didi Huberman with his curatorial intervention at the exhibition “Sublevaciones",

Huberman, D. (2017), Sublevaciones, Buenos Aires, Argentina.




Oswald Andrade with his text of the "Manifesto Antropófago" in the magazine “Revista de Antropofagia”,

Andrade, O. (1928), Manifesto Antropófago, Brasil, Ed. Revista de Antropofagia.




André Bretón and his texts in the book "Les Manifestes Du Surréalisme”,

Bretón, A. (1962), Les Manifestes Du Surréalisme, París: Gallimard, France Ed. Coll. Ideas.




Who contains the "Manifeste Du Surréalisme” published in the Magazine “Révolution Surréaliste” in 1924 and re-edited in 1929, the “Second Manifeste Du Surréalisme” published in 1930 and re-edited in 1946 and a short text published in 1946 who can be the third surrealist manifest,

Bretón, A. (1924), Manifeste Du Surréalisme, París, France, Ed. Du Sagittaire, Librairie GALLIMARD.




Bretón, A. (1930), Second Manifeste Du Surréalisme, París, France, Ed. Kra.




Marshall Berman with his book "All That Is Solid Melts Into Air",

Berman, M. (1982), All that is solid melts into air, NY, USA.




And among other exponents who were my starting point to generate this philosophical discussion to can create a world with more open thoughts, transforming the reality that we have ingrained as true. They help my position grow in relation to what I am looking for in my life as a person and how I can make to keep my ideals as an artist.


Each of them has been my source of inspiration to be able to think of myself as an influential person in society using my art as support to transmit, not only my experiences, I also want the world to understand the importance of this idea of turning the artistic language into a universal communication where everyone can understand each other, communicate between them in a healthier, empathetic and tolerant way and listen to everyone and their ideas.


It is fascinating for me to consider art as a more viable alternative of coexistence for a democratic society than the positions governments use at this moment. I want humanity to be more aware of the importance of living in space. To be more communal and less competitive- where the “egos” can be replaced by a collective consensus and everyone works for a “common benefice”. I hope to one day live in a world where everyone can help and support each other. Without all the wars that kill the idea of having a better future, and the power struggles that force our human side to disappear.