Biografia

 

Estudios:

  • Mercer County Community College, AA, Fine Arts, 2013  (West Windsor, New Jersey)
  • Mercer County Community College, AB, Business Management, 2010 (West Windsor, New Jersey)

 Premios

  • Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship en pintura en el 2011 y 2013
  • Mel Leipzig Scholarship por excelencia en la pintura, 2011 y 2013
  • Mención honorífica Mercer County Artists 2013 Exhibition, The Gallery.
  • MCCC (West Windsor, NJ) por “Viva la Vida con Frida Kahlo”
  • (jurado Dolores Eaton)
  • Artista Plástica del Año 2013, Mexican Music Award, Mexican Cultural
  • Committee, New York

 

Sobre la artista:

“Pinto mi cultura porque es hermosa y llena de colores vibrantes; es única…”

Guadalupe Reyes nació en Oaxaca, vivió hasta el 2014 en Nueva Jersey (USA) y actualmente pasa una larga estancia entre Zacatecas y su tierra La Humedad. Es la menor de una familia de siete hijos. Su niñez la vivió al lado de su abuela materna quien la crió y la educó en su pueblo natal, donde desde niña llegó a destacar por su talento artístico y la llamaban “La Pintora”.

A los 16 años emigró a Estados Unidos para reunirse con su familia. Dónde tuvo la oportunidad de convertir su sueño realidad. Tomó clases de pintura y aprendió inglés. Unos meses después de que llegara a Nueva Jersey muere su querida abuela acontecimiento que ha sido de gran impacto en su vida y que se ve reflejado en su obra.

En el 2004 ingresa al Mercer County Community College, donde obtuvo en el 2010 la licenciatura en administración de empresas y hace su sueño realidad de continuar su estudios de arte teniendo como maestros al pintor de fama internacional Mel Leipzig así como a Kyle Stevenson y Terry McNichol.

En en 2011 recibió dos becas en apoyo a sus estudios, que le dieron la oportunidad de seguir perfeccionando su arte. En 2013 obtiene la licenciatura de Bellas Artes en el Mercer County Community College así como recibe por segunda ocasión el premio Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship por excelencia en la pintura, entre otros la beca de Mel Leipzig por destacar en la pintura como artista graduada.

Ya antes de terminar sus estudios expone con gran éxito en la galería de MCCC, en el Ellarslie (Museo de la ciudad de Trenton) y en el centro de Artes de West Windsor.

En 2012 recibe invitaciones para participar en varias exposiciones colectivas en Nueva York, California, Pennsylvania, algunos países de Europa y en Mexico.

Sus obras se caracterizan por su colorido muy ligado a sus raíces oaxaqueñas que muestran su cultura y su gente. Utiliza actualmente técnicas como el acrílico ya que disfruta de la inmediatez y el colorido plano que ofrece. Del Oleo ama las texturas y la exuberancia porque crea interés y drama para el espectador.

Son sus texturas y el brillo de los colores primarios y el uso cuidadoso del blanco elementos que destacan en todas sus obras. Guadalupe toma gran interés en las costumbres de su tierra así como en las festividades del día de muertos y nos cuenta que le hicieron creer que las historias de su pueblo eran mágicas y se imaginó, que así era México.

“Todavía puedo cerrar mis ojos hoy y oler los sabores de la comida, la tierra y las flores. Puedo ver a mi abuela con nosotros todavía, cocinando y riéndose. Estos son algunos de los sentimientos y las impresiones que espero compartir con ustedes a través de mi trabajo”. Algunas de sus obras forman parte de diversos libros editados en Estados Unidos y España.

Su primera exposición individual fue en el 2013 en Pennington New Jersey en Silva Gallery y su segunda en abril 2014 en la ciudad de Zacatecas en Casa de Engracia Espacio Cultural durante el 28 Festival Cultural 2014.

Fue nombrada artista plástica del año en el 2013 por el comité cultural mexicano durante el Mexican Music Award en New York. Actualmente expondrá en diversas partes de México y Estados Unidos.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 


EDUCATION

  • Mercer County Community College, AA, Fine Arts, 2013  (West Windsor, New Jersey)
  • Mercer County Community College, AB, Business Management, 2010

 

AWARDS

  • Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship in painting, 2011 & 2013
  • Mel Leipzig Scholarship for excellence in painting, 2011 & 2013
  • Honorable Mention, Mercer County Artists 2013 Exhibition, The Gallery, MCCC (West Windsor, NJ) for “Viva la Vida con Frida Kahlo” (juror, Dolores Eaton)
  • Artista Plástica del Año 2013(Artist of the Year), Mexican Music Award, Mexican Cultural Committee, New York

About the artist

 

“I paint my culture because it is beautiful and full of vibrant colors; it is unique…”

Guadalupe Reyes (Lupita) was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and now lives in central New Jersey. The youngest of seven children, she spent most of her childhood being raised by her grandmother who was more like a mother to her. Her grandmother was the one who noticed Guadalupe’s natural artistic talent, and encouraged her, calling, her “La Pintora.”

Just before she turned sixteen, Guadalupe immigrated to the United States to join her family. She had a dream of improving her abilities in painting and started studying art in Hightstown High School soon after learning English as her second language. Not long after Guadalupe came to this country, her grandmother passed away, an event which has had a profound impact on Guadalupe and her art.

After finishing high school, Guadalupe entered Mercer County Community College, where she was awarded an AB in Business Management in 2010. But she couldn’t let go of her dream of making art. She returned to MCCC and continued her visual arts studies with internationally renowned artist Mel Leipzig, and other gifted instructors including Kyle Stevenson and Terry McNichol.

She was awarded two painting scholarships in 2011, based on her talent, that allowed her to continue her education. In 2013, Guadalupe received her Fine Arts degree from Mercer County Community College and was recognized, again, with both the Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship for painting excellence and the Mel Leipzig Scholarship for outstanding work by a graduating artist.

Even before she graduated, Guadalupe had begun to exhibit successfully. At first she exhibited in more local venues including the Gallery at MCCC; Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum; and the West Windsor Arts Center. In 2012, however, she began to receive invitations to show her work in exhibitions in New York and California, and has recently begun to exhibit her work internationally.

About the work

 

Guadalupe’s artwork is typified by a bold and colorful palette that she feels reflects the vibrant Mexican culture of her heritage. “I paint my culture because it is beautiful and full of vibrant colors,” she says. “It is a culture that is unique both visually and expressively. It gives me great joy to paint my culture, my colors, and my people.”

Her primary medium these days is acrylic paint but she also use oil and watercolor for special effect. “I enjoy using acrylic,” she observes, “for the flat vibrancy of the color and the immediacy it offers. But I also love the textures and lushness of oils, and will sometimes use them to create impasto surfaces of paint that create interest and drama for the viewer.” Those textures, along with the use of bright, primary focal color and the careful use of white are signature elements in all her works.

While all of her works are based on some aspect of her Mexican heritage, Guadalupe takes a special pleasure in exploring Day of the Dead themes that bring her back to her childhood, when everything was different. “The stories I was told were magical – and we believed them, because that is Mexico! Dia de los Muertos is still an important celebration in my hometown of Oaxaca. Every house is open that day, for people to visit. And when you visited, people would offer you food from the feast they had prepared.”

“I can still close my eyes today and smell the flavors of that food, the land and the flowers. I can see my grandmother cooking and laughing with us still. These are some of the feelings and impressions that I hope to share with you in my work.”

Some of her works are part of some books published in the United States and Spain. His first solo exhibition was in 2013 in Pennington New Jersey at Silva Art Gallery and her second in April 2014 in the city of Zacatecas in Casa de Engracia Espacio Cultural 2014 Cultural Festival. She was named artist of the year in 2013 by the Mexican cultural Committee during the Mexican Music Award in New York. Currently she will exhibit in various parts of Mexico and the United States.