Félix Ángel (b. 1949) placed the ten photocopies of the first issue of Yo Digo on bulletin boards around Medellín. At that time, he had recently returned from the United States, a trip he had undertaken due to the reaction to his novel Te quiero mucho, poquito, nada which ultimately prevented him from being given a professorship. After that incident, Ángel used Yo Digo—a mimeographed publication in flyer format funded by his sympathizers—to brazenly “attack all things grounded in mediocrity and improvisation.”
The texts that Ángel disseminated were characterized by their critical position, biting tone, and confrontational quality. They voice the vision of an emerging artist fighting to gain respect, “to do justice” in a context where juries and authorities were by no means independent. Ángel attempted to find a place for himself as a contemporary artist in opposition to the artistic and academic establishment. He was concerned with inciting debate as he upheld positions at odds with the status quo.
In the last issue of Yo Digo, dated January 7, 1978 and signed in Washington, DC, Ángel provides a historical overview of the publication. At that time, he was in the United States pursuing a new stage in his career, and hence he decided to bring to a close “the only serious publication in Medellín dedicated solely to art.”