Lina Dorado & Luis Cantillo projects

Lina Dorado and Luis Cantillo are two multimedia artists that have collaborated for over ten years, together they have exhibited at  iNIva in London, Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Midlanda Konst Hall in Sweden, Hastings Museum, England; Black & White Gallery Williamsburg-Chelsea, and Frederico Sève / Latin Collector in New York and others.


Lina lives and works in New York City and Luis lives and works in Beijing and New York City.

Lina's film work at

Other Projects


Their work has been shown internationally in Bogota, Colombia;  Sao Paulo, Brazil; Timra, Sweden; Weimar, Germany, London, Tokyo, Washington DC,  and New York. They are represented by the Latin Collector Gallery in New York City.

This archive celebrates their main body of work together from 1994-2005,  while their careers continue to be informed and influenced by their extraordinary artistic collaboration they are currently pursuing their own individual work.

They authored two books in bilingual editions: Second Sight (ArteDos Editores) and Drawing Only (Villegas Editores). Their book Doble Vista/Second Sight written by Dorado and photographs by both was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and the Whitney Museum for their Artists' Books Collection.

Dorado and Cantillo's work attempts to reveal the visual impossibility of capturing the sense of faraway places while questioning the notions of the familiar and the foreign, with time it has delved further into issues of belonging, national and cultural identity, with poetic examinations of displacement and marginal travel.

They studied Fine Arts at the National University in Bogotá and then at Saint Martins College of Art in London. Lina is a graduate of the MFA in Film at Columbia University in the city of New York and Luis is a graduate from the MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts.


Their work has been exhibited at the Frederico Sève/ Latincollector Gallery in New York and in Bogota at Galeria Diners, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional and the Gold Museum. They have also participated in numerous photography, film and art festivals in the U.S, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Colombia, having received several awards including Best Fine Art Prize at the New Screen TV Awards (Orlando) in 2006 and 1st Prize at the Inter-American Biennial of Video Art (Washington DC) in 2004.


Recent exhibitions include:


MoonCity Lan Club Gallery Beijing ( Luis Cantillo) August 09

2AM, Alliance Française Bogotá (solo exhibition) 2005; Field of Depth (Curated by: Carlos Motta) Latin Collector New York; Doble Vista, Galería Diners (solo exhibition), Bogotá, 2004; Urbes Interiores (Curated by Jose
Roca) Biblioteca Luis angel Arango; Errancias (Curated by: Jairo Valenzuela), Centro Cultural
Comfandi, Cali, 2004; Still Life (Curated by: Ann Gallagher and José Ignacio Roca), Biblioteca
Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, 2003; Afuera (Solo exhibition) and Solo Dibujo, Museo de Arte
Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, 2003 ; Airborne (Curated by Eva Asp), Midlanda Konsthall,
Sweden, 2002. Resume.



2004, Doble Vista / Second Sight,

this artist-book marks the first decade of collaborative work between Lina Dorado and Luis Cantillo. Published in partnership with Taller Arte Dos Gráfico, Bogotá.Collections: Museum of

Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art and New York Public Library.

2001, Solo Dibujo / Drawing Only,
A book that introduces the different approaches to drawing by contemporary Colombian established and emerging artists with international guests. Villegas Editores, Bogotá.

Other Projects

2005, 2AM: Two Around the Mountain (Dos Alrededor de la Montaña)

A video animation that follows a Tibetan nun and a Colombian ice-miner as they start simultaneous journeys in a mountain landscape at two a.m. Inspired by the true tales of the Loom-Gom-pas runner monks of Tibet and the native ice-miners of the high Andes .
First screened at the Alliance Française Bogotá as a video installation/ Premiered in the US at the Brooklyn Museum as part of Brooklyn International Film Festival as a single channel video.

2004, Carnival Project

A journey in search of the authentic spirit of the Barranquilla carnival while making a music video. A project of Lina Dorado with a group of international female filmakers.

2004, Poporo

A video animation that explores the complex cosmology of Colombian indigenous culture inspired by the collection of the Gold Museum in Bogotá. This is Luis thesis animation
for his MFA at SVA, Lina did the story and Antonio Arnedo the music.




Luis Cantillo


Luis Cantillo received his BFA with honors from Saint Martins College of Art in London and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of the Visual Arts.  Awards and residencies include the Inter-American Biennial of Video Art in Washington, DC, and an artist-in-residence at Cooperartes in Bogotá among others.  He has collaborated with fellow artist Lina Dorado in many projects. Amongs their shows at Museums at the Bilbioteca Luis Angel Arango and the Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional, both in Bogota, the Hastings Museum of Art in England, the Museum of New Art in Detroit, His second art-book, Second Sight, which he co-authored with Dorado was acquired by major museum collections like MoMA, the Whitney Museum and the New York Public Library.

Cantillo's individual work explores both abstract and narrative story telling, his work has been inspired by Colombian heterogenous cultures (Poporo, 2AM); world environmental issues (Watertowers, Drifting & moored); journeys of healing and self-discovery (21 Sundays) and recently about domestic objects and life (Good lock, Sheng & Lulu). Each work has it's own visual style, it speaks about our relationship with the world, history and yet sometimes finds space for humor.

Beijing- based artist Luis Cantillo’s multi-disciplinary work allows him to explore the mediums of photography, animation and drawing.In 2008, Luis was selected to participate as an artist-in-residence the Changdong Art Studio (Seoul), after his time at the ID Studio Theatre Company in New York as their Resident Set Designer.

His latest exhibition in Beijing China,in August 2009 is entitled MOON CITY amongs the works is his award-winning video Poporo, a video inspired by the collection of the Gold Museum of Bogota. The video is an exploration of the spiritual context of these magnificent indigenous golden artworks that were and still are very meaningful to the native people and on the other hand they inspired the legend of El Dorado. The music was composed by the celebrated latin-jazz composer Antonio Arnedo.

Cantillo's work has been exhibited in Bogota at Museo del Oro, Galeria Diners, Alliance Française, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional and in New York at Frederico Ceve Gallery. Awards and residencies include: IASK Changdong art residency, Seoul (2008), Objectifs Singapore (2008); New Screen TV Fine Art Prize, Orlando FL (2006); ID Studio Theater in New York (2006); Inter-American Biennial of Video Art in Washington DC (2004); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2005) and Cooperartes, Bogota (2003).

Cantillo’s work stems from his interest in cultures, history and domesticity.  Cantillo is the co- author Second Sight (2004), and a photography artist-book Drawing Only (Villegas Editores, 2001). Born in Bogota,Colombia, he now lives and works between Beijing and New York.


Lina Dorado 


Lina Dorado is a visual artist and a filmmaker, graduate from both the MFA (Directing) Film Program at Columbia University in New York City and from Central Saint Martins College of Art in London, UK with a BA Honors degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in Film and Video.

She wrote and co- directed with Luis 2AM Two Around the Mountain (2005), a dual screen animation, premiered at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and screened the same year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It tells parallel stories of a Tibetan Nun in the Himalayas and a Colombian Miner in the Andes mountains, and it won First prize at National New Visions Award for Fine Arts Short Film (U.S). Dorado also co-wrote the award winning animated short film Poporo ( with Luis Cantillo) that is now on permanent exhibit at the Gold Museum in Bogota´.

She has been a story editing consultant for films such as:

Gogol Bordello Non-stop that follows seven years in the life of the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, following Eugene Hütz steps from underground legend to aclaimed lead of a band of international attention, a reviewer call it a:" kinetic tour de force that taps into the cosmopolitan music scene of New York City", directed by Margarita Jimeno. ( US Wide Release Date : Sep 2009 -Cinema Village NYC) .

Abraham-Obama, directed by Directed by Kevin Chapados, and produced by Daniel Lahoda and Ron English.A humorous and provocative look at an unprecedented political art movement.Artist Ron English gathers a crew of professional pranksters and hits the road on a grass-roots campaign to make public art and promote Obama's campaign for the Presidency alongside musicians and street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Jack Medicine, David Choe, Sam Flores, The Date Farmers, Will.I.Am, Morgan Spurlock, DJ Z-Trip and several others.

Creative direction:

For the past two years Dorado has been the creative director of the IAAATA International Association for Ancient, Asian and Tribal Art under the guidance of Art historian and appraiser Astrid Sanai. The IAAATA gathers a prestigious group of Asian antiquity galleries in London, Geneva, Paris and New York. Some of the Art works appraised last year were auctioned and sold to prestigious collections such as the Metropolitan Museum and the Morgan Library.


Curatorial Projects:

In 2008 she completed a curatorial project with the Office of Tibet NY and the Universidad Nacional in Colombia and organized alongside artist Maria Moran and cultural liaison officerTsewag Phuntso the first live Traditional Mandala Sand Painting in Bogota, two Tibetan Monks from the Namgyal Monastery came to the Javeriana University and created a mandala in a meditative traditional performance never before seen in Colombia, the show also included an exhibit of photographs around the lives of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.


Digital Documentary:

In 2009 she travel to India to Document a cultural trip to the Tibetan Comunities in Exile in Dharamsala as part of a program with the Namgyal Monastery lead by the Tibetan monk Tenzin Thutop and the Dancer and Columbia graduate of Tibetan Studies: Lindsay Gilmour. In this trip she also filmed and photographed Tibetan settlements in the South of India.
Dorado’s interest in both Buddhist philosophy and film gave her the opportunity to be selected to direct a feature documentary about the Dalai Lama's visit to Bogota Colombia in 2006,currently in final post-production. Dorado started her own film company with the producer Alvaro Donado in May 2010. 

Dalai Lama, Colombia A Serene Monk in a Restless Country is Lina Dorado's first feature documentary, it explores the rock-star power of a simple Tibetan monk, as the Dalai Lama often likes to describe himself. Provides a privileged glimpse behind-the-scenes to his only visit to Colombia a land of magic realism and conflict. We bear witness to his peace activism, the everyday details of his work and the curious, odd and often hysterically funny moments generated by the cultural encounters between his Tibetan entourage and the Colombian people that they encounter.

Music by Bomba Estereo and contemporary Tibetan musicians. Dalai Lama Colombia,previewed in New York at the Maysles Institute in March 2009 streams on vimeo .