About Gerardo

Gerardo Gacharná Ramírez* (given name "Gerardo" and family names "Gacharná Ramírez") works in the human and social sciences, having several years of experience as a teacher. Regarding origami, he has been seriously dedicated to this art-form since 2010. He currently has around 80 models of his own design. Some have been included in publications from Spain, England, and the United States. He had founded the Neorigami collaborative blog and co-founded the Mini Neo e-fanzine. He ran the Inter-forum Useful Model Challenge in 2012, and edited the book Practigami the year after that. Now he runs the United to Fold and Foldeas activities, as well as the Diálogos Origámicos online group. Gerardo has mainly created a wide variety of practical models, including different types of containers, but has also created figurative and conceptual models. With his conceptual works, he has participated in different art calls, for example, the 2021 Revela art exhibition in his country, Colombia. Gerardo's editorial "Would a Kawasaki Rose by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?" was added to The Fold e-zine in 2018, and in 2020, his paper "Between human and folded bodies: Examples of affection and care in Bogotá" was included in a social sciences journal. Aside from that, he was selected as one of the special guests for the next Origami Bogotá convention.

Gerardo's goal/dream: to be a special guest at foreign in-person conventions.

* Gerardo's full name is actually Gerardo Gacharná Ramírez Ballén Salazar Santana Bello Cárdenas Ramírez.

Gerardo's resume

More than 100 hours of experience in origami workshops both in-person and online.

Groups

  • Origami Authors & Creators

  • Community for Creators

  • OrigamiUSA

Presentations

Workshops at international events

  • Wooden Box as a guest instructor at Origami Groep Eindhoven in 2022.

  • Bento Box at the Practical | Puzzle | Play Origami Convention (POC1), by Origami & Beyond in 2022.

  • Two-Pocket Envelope at VCon Spring, by the British Origami Society BOS in 2022.

  • Balance at Origami Connect Winter/Spring, by OrigamiUSA in 2022.

  • Three Origami Ways to Divide into Thirds and 2 x 2 Envelope at Online Origami Day, by Origami Deutschland in 2021.

  • Boxed Fortune Teller at VCon Autumn, by the British Origami Society BOS in 2021.

  • Bookend at the Origami World Marathon OWM2, in 2021.

Diagrams

  • Shopping bag in Mini Neo; a fanzine in 2014.

  • Fireplace Bellows in Practigami; a book from 2013.

  • Grabber in Practigami.

  • Nativity Stable in Origami for Christmas; a book by BOS in Great Britain, 2013.

  • Graciela's Toilet in Pajarita 2013 Convention Book; from AEP in Spain.

  • Thin Two-colored Pocket in Origami Collection 2012; a convention book by OrigamiUSA.

Books & Articles

Exhibitions

  • Revela art exhibition, as one of the winners of the mixed-media category, in Bogotá, Colombia in 2021.

  • Exhibitions in Confinement, on the Facebook page of Carta Abierta art gallery, 2020.

  • Origami Survival 2020 - "The Search for Meaning" online gallery, on the Facebook page of the Croatian Origami Society.

  • Solo exhibition, at the Colombian School of Design and Arts ESDIART in 2015.

Interviews

  • Interview with an Expert–Gerardo Gacharná, interview by Leyla Torres for Origamigos, the OrigamiSpirit membership, in 2021.

  • Gerardo Gacharná: Useful models from Colombia, interview by Juan Arriagada for Mini Neo; a fanzine in 2012.

Other projects

  • Foldeas (founder): Hands-on presentations related to origami with international guest-speakers, through Zoom; since 2020.

  • United to Fold - UnFold (founder): International folding gatherings through Zoom; since 2020.

  • Diálogos Origámicos: a Spanish-language online group for conversing about and sharing origami; since 2020.

  • For FlyIt4ward: An original model (figure) for the NGO Miracle Flights fundraising campaign; in May 2016.