Enrique Grau was one of the major Colombian artists of his time, alongside Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregón, the latter of whom was a major influence in Grau’s work. Grau garnered attention for developing a representational style counter to the popularity of the geometric abstraction of his time. He was renowned for his depictions of indigenous people, as well as his attention to the human figure. His compositions often featured incongruous combinations of objects as still lifes; these images were not intended as narratives, but rather as formal studies of shapes and texture. Though he was best known for his prints, paintings, and murals, he began in the late 1980s to create sculptures.