Judith Gutiérrez

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Judith Gutiérrez (1927–2003) a master Latin American painter who worked in Ecuador and Mexico.

Gutierrez was born in Babahoyo, Ecuador, and studied in the School of Fine Arts in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with the teacher Caesar Andrade Faini. A great part of her life was spent living and painting in Mexico. Gutiérrez and her husband left Ecuador, feeling like political exiles, due to the military government of the time. Twelve years after leaving Ecuador, Gutiérrez was invited by the Ecuadorian government to exhibit some of her paintings in the National Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador. To her delight and honor this became her first major exhibit in her home country.

Raised Catholic, Gutiérrez always felt very comfortable with her spirituality. At an early age her father, a sailor and agriculturalist, sent her to a convent in the Andean city of Riobamba, 30 km from the base of Chimborazo. As Gutierrez grew older she became more interested in ones personal relationship with their higher power and felt "the alter is within you". Gutierréz was known to meditate before creating her art. She felt meditation helped her to get to a different mental/spiritual state and hoped this would be reflected in her work.

Gutierrez developed within the Figuration, using symbols, mystical scenes and conjugated elements, as well as some Byzantine characteristics ("Bizantino Tropical" as an art critic once suggested): nature, men, women, the cosmos, are all the general components of her works. Gutiérrez attributes her natural subject matter in her work to her home town of Babahoyo which is the Province of the Rivers. Gutiérrez worked in many different techniques including: painting, sculpture, graphics, decoratives and applied installation.

Some of Gutierrez's most important works are: Dancer's Memory of the Artist, Book for The Blind and The Christ of Santa Elena.

Gutierrez held numerous individual exhibitions and is represented in many galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pasadena, Washington, Great Britain, Osaka, Guayaquil, Quito, Mexico City, Munich, Havana, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Panamá, and São Paulo.

She died in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Selective Individual Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1963-Escuela de Bellas Artes, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1963-Casa de la Cultura, Núcleo del Guayas, Guayaquil
  • 1964-Casa de la Cultura, Núcleo de los Ríos, Babahoyo, Ecuador
  • 1964-Casa de la Cultura, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1965-Galería Pecanins, Ciudad de México
  • 1966-Galería Pecanins, Ciudad de México
  • 1966-Galería de Ruta 66, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
  • 1967-Galería Pecanins, Ciudad de México
  • 1968-Galería Pecanins, Ciudad de México
  • 1969-La Galería, Ajijic, Jalisco, México
  • 1969-Galería Pecanins, Ciudad de México
  • 1970-Galería Lepe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
  • 1971-Galería Lepe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
  • 1971-Centro Deportivo Israelita, Ciudad de México
  • 1973-Galería Lepe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
  • 1974-Galería del Bosque, Casa del Lago, Ciudad de México
  • 1975-Un Pequeño Rincón de Arte, Ciudad de México
  • 1975-Casa del Lago-UNAM, Ciudad de México
  • 1976-Polyforum Cultura Siqueiros, Ciudad de México
  • 1976-Casa del Lago, Ciudad de México
  • 1977-Galería Arvil, Ciudad de México
  • 1979-Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Ciudad de México
  • 1980-Galería Míro, Monterrey, México
  • 1982-Museo Antropológico y Pinacoteco del Banco Central, Guayaquil Ecuador
  • 1982-Museo Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1982-Museo Camilo Egas, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1983-Galería Madeleine Hollander, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1984-La Galería, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1984-Galería La Manzana Verde, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1985-Galería La Manzana Verde, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1986-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Pánama
  • 1989-Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, California, USA
  • 1989-Museo Antropológico y Pinacoteco del Banco Central, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1990-Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, California, USA
  • 1991-Galería Expresiones, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1992-Galería Arte Acá, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
  • 1993-Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, México
  • 1994-Museo del Banco del Pacifico, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1996-Arte de Oaxaca, México
  • 1996-Casa de la Cultura de Juchitán, Oaxaca, México
  • 1997-Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, México
  • 1998-La Galería, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1999-Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 2000-Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, México
  • 2001-Instituto Cultura Cabañas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
  • 2001-Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, Monterrey, México
  • 2005-"Alchemist of Color", Museum of Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 2006-2007-Alquimista del Color, Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo (MAAC), Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 2007-Alquimista del Color, Museo Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador

Selective Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1962-Casa de la Cultura, Núcleo de Los Ríos, Babahoyo, Ecuador
  • 1963-Casa de la Cultura, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1963-Casa de la Cultura, Núcleo del Guayas, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1970-Movimiento de Editores, Ciudad de México
  • 1971-Sala de Cabildo de Tepoztlán, México
  • 1971-Galería Misrachi, Ciudad de México
  • 1972-Museo Latinamericano, New York, NY, USA
  • 1972-Centro de Arte Moderno, Tepoztlán, México
  • 1972- The Eye Corporation, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 1973-Hugh Air West, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
  • 1974-Museo del Valle de Bravo, Ciudad de México
  • 1975-La Mujer en La Plastica, INBA
  • 1975-Polyforum Cultural Siquei-ros, Ciudad de México
  • 1976-16 Artistas de La Plastica Actual, Conservatorio Macional de Música y Banco de Comercio, Ciudad de México
  • 1976-Galería Pro Arte (Arte Presencia, Movimiento Nacional de Mujers)
  • 1977-Mujer, imagen y voz, Museo de la ciudad de México
  • 1978-Actualidad gráfica panorama artístico, Washington, D.C., USA
  • 1978-Museo Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1979-Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México
  • 1979-Congreso Mundial de Sexología, Ciudad de México
  • 1981-Bienial Internacional de Arte, São Paulo, Brasil
  • 1981-Art Expo West Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 1981-Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Munich, Alemania.
  • 1982-Franklin Furnace Archive, New York, NY, USA
  • 1983-35 Mujers, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Ciudad de México
  • 1984-2nd Bienil de La Habana, Cuba
  • 1990-College of Creative Studies Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • 1991-III Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1992-Expo Arte Guadalajara, Ciudad de México
  • 1994-Expo Arte Guadalajara, Ciudad de México
  • 1995-Galería Alejandro Gallo, Guadalajara, México
  • 1995-Museo Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba
  • 1995-Galería Óscar Román, Ciudad de México
  • 1995-Perfiles Gráficos, Near Northwest Arts Council Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 1995-La Caba, Ajijic, Jalisco, México
  • 1995-4 Artistas de Latinoamérica, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 1997-Expo Arte, Guadalajara, México
  • 1997-Museo de las Artes, Universidad de Guadalajara, México
  • 1997- Trienal de Osaka, Osaka, Japan
  • 1997-Intercambio de grabadores de Bristol y Guadalajara, The Bristol City Museum and Art gallery, Great Britain
  • 1997-Arcángeles en la tradición latinoamericana: interpretaciones contemporaneas, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA
  • 1999-Del desencanto à la armonía, Museo del Centenario, Monterrey, México
  • 1999-Haus Der Kunst, Guadalajara, México
  • 1999-Dia de muertos, Haus Der Kunst, Guadalajara, México
  • 2000-Galería Topor, Guadalajara, México
  • 2000-Museo El Centenario, Monterrey, México
  • 2001-Arte Objeto, La Mandrágora, Guadalajara, México
  • 2001-Arte en piedra, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, México
  • 2013-Disrupted Nature, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA

References[edit]

  • Municipalidad de Guayaquil - www.guayaquil.gov.ec/data/salondejulio/antecedentes.htm
  • Museo des Artes - University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico