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Geles Cabrera was born in Mexico City to Salvador Cabrera, an engineer, and Jovita Alvarado.
Her work was shown in 1949 in the now defunct Galería de Arte Mont-Orendáin. in the Colonia Roma of Mexico City in 1949. Paul Westheim, commenting about the exhibit, said, “Lehmbruck, Brancusi, Lipschitz, Moore: Geles has placed herself among them.” She participated in two exhibits in 2009 in the Coyoacán metro station (Line 3) and in the Botanical Garden of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM). She has received both Mexican and international recognition: in 1949, she was honored with first prize in the Thirty-first Fine Arts Salon of Havana and in 1985, she was granted first prize in sculpture in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. She dedicated 37 years to teaching art in the José Vasconcelos National Preparatory School No. 5, part of the UNAM.
Her sculptural work deals with themes such as love, loneliness and being a mother. First working in clay, metal and stone based on prehistoric art, she used clear lines to emphasize the human form´s eroticism. In time, she began using newspaper as an artistic material. In 1975, she commenced working with other sculptors—Ángela Gurría, Mathias Goeritz, Juan Luis Díaz and Sebastian—to make three dimensional work within an urban setting. Her work can be found in the Geles Cabrera Sculpture Museum of Art in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Geles Cabrera Sculpture Museum
The Museo Escultórico Geles Cabrera is the first museum dedicated to sculpture from the Americas, but it is practically unknown. It contains a permanent collection of Mexican sculpture in various materials including sixty pieces by Cabrera from 1948. Cabrera describes the museum as “the communication of art and sculpture to the people, to the community. Here there are no signs that say “don’t touch.” One of the touchable sculptures is a swing, which when ridden produces a human heartbeat. Many of the museum’s visitors are children coming as part of classes from school.
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