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Gabriela Esquivel is an artist who creates colorful acrylic paintings, watercolors, murals, videos, animations and songs that express a constant search for freedom. She was born in 1981 in San Jose, Costa Rica and has lived in Germany, Switzerland, United States and Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in the 2015th Florence Biennale Catalogue in Italy, Go Riverwalk Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Around Town News in Fort Lauderdale, Midtown Miami Magazine in South Florida, and in main journals in Puerto Rico. Gabriela has participated in notable group exhibitions including the 2015th Florence Biennale in Italy and Art Fort Lauderdale Fair in Fort Lauderdale. She exhibited with ArtBox.Gallery from Zurich, Switzerland  and Contemporary Art Projects from Fort Lauderdale during Art Basel Miami. She has also worked together with Business for the Arts of Broward and participated in their Art & Soul Annual exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Gabriela is having her solo show “Soul and Mysticism” at Artserve in August 2018. She presented her solo show “Gardens of Freedom” at 33rd St. Wine Bar where she combined art+music, exhibiting paintings and performing songs of her authorship. She is part of the Open Canvas Project”, a murals project organized by ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale; she is also part of “Genii Loci”, a road-tatoo/street mural on Rosemary Avenue in West Palm Beach. She was part of “La Campechada” event, organized by the Puertorrican Art Museum; and “Casa de los Contrafuertes” Art Project in Puerto Rico. She is also interested in bringing together Art and Philanthropy. In 2017 she was one of the artists of the Redesign Bash event organized by Salvation Army of Broward County at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. She is a committee member of Salvation Army of Broward and of the Neighbors Volunteer Office from the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is the founder of “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, an artistic-musical-social project that has partnered with international musicians and organizations to help Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. She is writing her first children’s book titled “Gema the curious butterfly, which she plans to share with the kids and the community of Broward County. Gabriela earned her BFA in Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and her BA in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. When she is not painting, Gabriela studies the piano and composes her own music. The artist lives and works in South Florida, USA.

EDUCATION   

2011- 2015   B.A. in Humanistic Studies, minor in Music, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico   

2005-2011    B.A. in Sculpture, minor in Motion Pictures and Fashion Design, School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico

2000-2004    Studies in Business Administration and Music, University of Costa Rica

1999             Painting and Voice lessons, Migros Klubschule, Switzerland   

1999             Goethe Institute, Germany

INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 

2018            “Soul and Mysticism”, Solo Show at Artserve, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2018            “Garden of Freedom Exhibition”, 33rd St Wine Bar, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2018            Botello Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2018            Art and Soul, Business for the Arts of Broward, Double Tree by Hilton, Fort Lauderdale

2018            Pop up Exhibition, The Frank Contemporaries, Pembroke Pines, Florida

2018            Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, Florida

2018            The Studio in the Living Room, W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2018            Las Olas Art Fair, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

2017            Galeria Rancho Santana, Tola/Rivas, Nicaragua   

2017            Painting exhibition, “Imagining the Sublime”, Village Design Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2017            Village Design Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

2017            Botello Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2016            ArtBox.Gallery, Art Basel, Miami, Florida

2016            Galeria Rancho Santana, Tola/Rivas, Nicaragua   

2016            Botello Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2015            Contemporary Art Projects, Art Basel, Miami, Florida  

2015            Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy  

2014            Botello Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico   

2014            Painting exhibition, “From the Mystical to the Abstract”, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico  

2011            “Spiritual Cell Performance”, National Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico    

2009            “Thanatos and Narciso”, Performance with Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico 

2004-2003   Painting exhibition, Lafise Bank, San José, Costa Rica.   

MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2018             “Read-A-Thon, LA Lee YMCA Family Center”, Neighbor Volunteer Office, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2018             “The Tarpon’s Dance”, Little Library Project at Hardy Park, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2018            “Genii Loci”, Artist Assistant of 1.2 mile long “road tattoo”, street mural at Rosemary Av. Palm Beach, Florida           

2018            “Butterflies for Puerto Rico”, online international musical-artistic-social project, Puerto Rico - Florida 

2017            “Open Canvas Project”, Murals in Andrews Av. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2015            “La Campechada dedicated to Rafael Ríos Rey”, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico   

2014            “La Campechada dedicated to Myrna Báez”, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico   

2013            “La Campechada dedicated to Rafael Tufiño” , Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 

LITERATURE AND REVIEWS   

DEC, 2017     Midtown Miami Magazine, “The sublime state of painter Gabriela Esquivel”, Miami, Florida

SEPT, 2017     Go Riverwalk Magazine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

DEC, 2015       Contemporary Art Projects USA Catalogue, Spectrum, Miami   

NOV, 2015       “Artistas en Florencia”, Periódico Índice, Puerto Rico   

NOV, 2015       “Arte, conciencia  y alegría en la Campechada 2015, UPR-Dialogo, Universidad de Puerto Rico  

NOV, 2015       “Reconocen su trabajo artístico”, El Nuevo Día, Flash y Cultura, Puerto Rico  

OCT, 2015        Florence Biennale Catalogue, Italy    

ENE, 2014        “Las Zonas Limítrofes y espirituales en la pintura de Gabriela Esquivel”,Puerto Rico Art News

SEP, 2013        Galenus Magazine, Puerto Rico   

JUL, 2009         El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico  

FEB, 2005         Imagen, San José Costa Rica   

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS   

Fort Lauderdale Private Collection, USA

Costarrican Private Collections, Costa Rica

New Jersey Private Collection, USA

California Private Collection, USA   

Puertorrican Private Collections, Puerto Rico

W Hotel Paintings Collection – Fort Lauderdale, USA      

Puertorrican Painting Collection” Interamerican University of Puerto Rico  

Latin American Art Collection, Galenus Magazine, Puerto Rico

 

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