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Gabriela Esquivel was born in 1981 in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has lived and studied in various countries including Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and United States. She obtained a Bachelor of Art with minors in Motion Pictures & Fashion Design from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and a Bachelor in Humanistic Studies with emphasis in Music from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Her artistic works include acrylic paintings, videos, animations and piano compositions. 

In October 2015 she was selected to participate in the X Florence Biennale, Italy and Spectrum Art Fair during Art Basel Week, Miami. She has been selected once again to participate in the XI Florence Biennale in 2017. She has participated in group exhibitions  and events at Botello Gallery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Casa Real Gallery in Costa Rica; Rancho Santana Gallery in Nicaragua, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico. 
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Her contemporary work is inspired in mystical themes, the search of the sublime, and the connection with the spiritual worlds.  Her work has influences of surrealism, abstract expressionism and color field painting. Her musical studies are reflected in some of her works.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Resting in my most intimate spaces I meditate on the phrase “the personal is universal”. From this moment on I can justify the sharing of my intimacy: my most sublime spaces and my inner heavens. My, heavens, which can also be your heavens, are the place where I’m born again and I’m able to become one with the Divine. It is in this space filled with peace, sound and color, where I find heaven on earth. In the midst of this sharing of light is how I experience the most beautiful freedom!

 

BIOS

 

 E D U C A T I O N 

2011- 2015               B.A.  IN HUMANISTIC STUDIES, MINOR IN MUSIC, INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
2005-2011                B.A.  SCULPTURE, MINOR IN MOTION PICTURES AND FASHION DESIGN, SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS OF PUERTO RICO

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2017                          VILLAGE DESIGN ART GALLERY, FORT LAUDERDALE
2014                          PAINTING EXHIBITION: “FROM THE MYSTIC TO THE ABSTRACT", INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF     PUERTO RICO
2004-2003                PAINTING EXHIBITION BANCO LAFISE, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 

2017                        VILLAGE DESIGN ART GALLERY, FORT LAUDERDALE
2016                        "INTO THE LIGHT OUT OF THE DARK", BROWARD ART GUILD, FORT LAUDERDALE
2016                        "ART SQUARED", BROWARD ART GUILD, FORT LAUDERDALE
2016                        BRINCANDO EL CHARCO, PUERTO RICO
2016                        CARIBENAS, PUERTO RICO
2015                         X FLORENCE BIENNALE, FLORENCE, ITALY 
2014                         BOTELLO GALLERY, OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2010                         PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, ESCUELA DE ARTES PLÁSTICAS DE PUERTO RICO,
2009                         SCULPTURE ANNUAL EXHIBITION, ESCUELA DE ARTES PLÁSTICAS DE PUERTO RICO,
2008                         SCULPTURE ANNUAL EXHIBITION, ESCUELA DE ARTES PLÁSTICAS DE PUERTO RICO
2004                         YOUTH FESTIVAL, MINISTERIO DE CULTURA DE SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

P E R F O R M A N C E 

2011                       “INTROSPECCIÓN Y REFLEJO”, NATIONAL GALERY, OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2009                       “MOMENT TO EXHIBIT THE EGO”, SCHOOL OF ART, OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
                               “THANATOS AND NARCISO”: PERFORMANCE WITH BALLET CONCIERTO OF PUERTO RICO, OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2008                        “HEAR, WHAT YOU SEE? SCULPTURE ANNUAL EXHIBITION, ESCUELA DE ARTES PLÁSTICAS DE PUERTO RICO, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2005                        “HABLA EL PROFETA”, ART PEFORMANCE, GOTHIC ROOM, OLD SAN JUAN CATHEDRAL, PUERTO RICO

SOCIAL ART PROJECT 

2012-2016            BARRIO OBRERO CREANDO FOUNDATION, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2013                      ARTISTIC AND ECOLOGICAL PROJECT, JUNTA DE CALIDAD AMBIENTAL, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

SEMINARIES AND COLLABORATIONS  

2014                      ESPACIO EXPERIMENTAL. LA PRACTICA: BETA LOCAL. DIEGO DE LA CRUZ Y FEDERICO HERRERO
2011                      CASA DE LOS CONTRAFUERTES ART PROJECT, OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2009-2010             “CUATRO AGUAS” PROJECT. DHARA RIVERA, LOIZA, PUERTO RICO
2008                      FRIDA MEDIN PERFORMANCE, CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2007                      CHOCOLATE CORTÉS PROJECT “LA NÓMADA” COLECTIVE VANESSA HERNÁNDEZ GRACIA, PUERTO RICO
2006                      MARCOS LORA-READ PROJECT. OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO          

COURSES   AND  CERTIFICATES 

2012-2015              CREATIVITY AND PIANO LESSONS WITH BRENDA HOPKINS MIRANDA, PUERTO RICO
2011-2015              SINGING LESSONS WITH JENNIE CARMONA, PUERTO RICO
2005-2011              PERFORMANCE LESSONS WITH AWILDA STERLING
                               DANCE LESSONS WITH ANA MARÍA AMADOR AND MAYRA COLLAZO, PUERTO RICO
2010                      ART MARKETING AND DESIGN WITH GAMALIEL RODRIGUEZ, PUERTO RICO
1999                      PAINTING AND SINGING LESSONS IN MIGROS KLUBSCHULE, SWITZERLAND
1999                      GERMAN LESSONS IN GOETHE INSTITUT, BOPPARD AND MURNAU, GERMANY

LITERATURE AND REVIEWS 

SEPT, 2017          "ARTIST PROFILE", PAG. 64, GO RIVERWALK MAGAZINE, FORT LAUDERDALE
OCT, 2016            "TESTIMONIALS" FLORENCE BIENNALE, ITALY
MAR, 2016           "CARIBENAS" EXPOSICION DE MUJERES ARTISTAS DE LA ASOCIACION DE ARTISTAS    PLASTICOS DE PUERTO RICO" , PUERTO RICO ART NEWS
DEC, 2015            "COSECHA DE TALENTOS", WILFREDO CUBERO, PERIODICO INDICE, PUERTO RICO
NOV, 2015           "RECONOCEN SU TRABAJO ARTISTICO", MARIELA FULLANA, EL NUEVO DIA, PUERTO RICO
                             "ARTE, CONCIENCIA Y ALEGRIA EN  LA CAMPECHADA 2015", ISABEL ALMONTE VELOZ, DIALOGO UPR, UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO, PUERTO RICO. 
OCT, 2015           "PUERTO RICO PRESENTE EN LA X EDICION DE LA BIENAL DE FLORENCIA EN ITALIA", PUERTO RICO ART NEWS 
ENE, 2014            “LAS ZONAS LÍMITROFES Y ESPIRITUALES EN LA PINTURA DE GABRIELA ESQUIVEL”, PUERTO RICO ART  NEWS
                             "EN FRANCA COLABORACION: NOTAS ACERCA DE RIO Y RESPIRO DE DHARA RIVERA", VANESSA HERNANDEZ, REVISTA VISION DOBLE, PUERTO RICO 
SEP, 2013              GALENUS, PAG. 68, PUERTO RICO
NOV, 2009            "11ma EXPO ANUAL DE ESCULTURA", REVISTA AUTOGIRO/EL GIRO DEL ARTE ACTUAL, PUERTO RICO
JUL, 2009               "THANATOS Y NARCISO" EL NUEVO DÍA, PÁG. 81, PUERTO RICO
                               "CELEBRAN CONVENIO DE DANZA Y CULTURA", REVISTA UNIVERSIA, PUERTO RICO
FEB, 2005              IMAGEN, PÁG 78-82, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

COLLECTIONS          

                               INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
                               GALENUS LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION

 

 

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