“Throughout Latin American history, oppressive governments have manipulated historical facts to create narratives that benefit their agendas. Their attempts to rewrite history inspires my mixed media paintings and installations, in which I dissect and piece together painting studies with modified historical images, thread, canvas, and textiles. Through researching the harmful effects of imperialism, I find and incorporate images that depict laborers affected by these events. I connect with the laborers by using manual techniques, such as sewing and hand stitching. At the same time, the layers of media in my work push the boundaries of traditional methods of painting.”
About the Artist
Born in 1990 in Cali, Colombia, Luis A. Gutierrez moved to the U.S as a teenager. He studied painting under the mentorship of artist Alfred Razza and attended Broward College. His passion for history and interest in social injustices and imperialism have influenced his work throughout his career. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Gutierrez is a 2022 resident at Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, a 2021 recipient of the New York City Artist Corps Grant, an online resident at Silver Art Projects, and a 2020 AIM fellow artist at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2019, He exhibited “Entre Sombras, From Figuration to Abstraction” (solo) at Goggle Works Center for the Arts. He has also shown work in the Coral Springs Museum of Art, in private galleries, and Christie’s, New York. In 2016, Spectrum Miami Art Fair awarded him the Launchpad Artist Award and a site-specific installation. That year Gutierrez was a semi-finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.