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gabriela gonzalez dellosso

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

Born: 1968, New York, USA

Nationality: American

Movements: Narrative and Figurative Art

Predominant Subjects: Self-Portraits, Clowns, Historical

Women Artists

Most Prominent Works:

○ Bride (2004),

○ Garrik (2010),

○ Homage to Evelyn De Morgan (Self-Portrait) (2020).

Mediums: Painting

Training:

○ BFA School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

○ Art Students League, NY, NY

○ National Academy School of Fine Arts, NY, NY

Conferences:

○ The Figurative Art Convention & Expo 2019 – Faculty Member

Significance

Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso is a fine artist (a native New Yorker, of Cuban and Ecuadorian heritage) who is known for her homage self-portraits and narrative paintings. Her artistic roots can be found on both sides of her family. Her maternal grandmother and great-grandfather were well respected and published poets in South America. Gabriela’s father studied painting and drawing in Cuba during the pre-Castro era. As a child, she remembers trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father, where they used to study paintings together. Her work has been featured in numerous international publications including the American Art Collector Magazine (2020), the  Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (2019) and the  Lehigh Valley Press (2014), to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including two solo exhibitions at The Butler Institute of American Art in 2006 and 2016. Her work can be found in many permanent museum collections. She is represented by the Harmon-Meek gallery in Naples, Florida.

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Gabriela’s artistic training was formed at various art institutions in New York. She received a BFA from the  School of Visual Arts, and also studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy School of Fine Arts.

Passionate for creating meaningful self-portraits, Gabriela believes in good storytelling, claiming: “I create art that I believe in and speaks to me. When the audience responds it is a bonus”, adding that “I am a narrative thinker, so I follow that impulse.” The artist has dealt with written stories as well as illustrations since a very young age, and she continues to write stories to accompany her visual narratives. This keen interest for narratives, both written and visual, might have been a direct influence from the artist’s maternal grandmother and great-grandfather, both published poets. Such influence for poetry is clearly visible in Gabriela’s delicate and magical compositions, full of colours and storytelling that mystify at first glance. The artist primarily focuses her work in referencing historical women artists, as well as telling their stories, something that the artist herself did not know would fuel so much creativity and for such a long time: “For the past 13 years I have been creating paintings about historical women artists. I love to tell their stories.” In a nutshell, Gabriela’s goal “is to resurrect these artistic women from the shadows of history and the depths of museum archives.” She does so by studying their context, their obstacles, such as their domestic duties and their lack of training, due to women being barred from joining Royal Academies (of France and England), as she points out. The artist is deeply inspired by their art and stories, and sees it as her personal mission to bring awareness to the fearlessness of what it was like to be a female artist creating in the darkness. In Gabriela Dellosso’s words:

“They were not the shining stars of art, but were the quiet undercurrent that existed with little or no forum to rise above. Compelling, is what comes to my mind, in describing the female painters of art history. They are the story of humility and perseverance.”

Gabriela’s themes mix historical elements with contemporary psychology. This combination offers viewers a unique cultural statement and interpretation. Her versatility, yet singular vision has materialised itself in varied subjects such as clowns, brides and homage self-portraits. Transformative elements involving her self-portraits have been said to have a “Cindy Sherman” twist (a photographer known for her self-portraits).

influences

Immersed in art since she was a child, she used to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father, who has also a talent for drawing and painting. Studying paintings together, they both developed a love for Rembrandt’s soulful depiction of people and his dramatic lighting. Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653) is a special favourite for its “lucious use of paint”, as Gabriela mentions.

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653) by Rembrandt

Self-Portrait with Two Pupils (1785) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, is another significant favourite, as it deeply inspired her homage series to historical women artists. Gabriela refers to this work by saying:

“I love the idea behind it, Adelaide is looking out at us, as a teacher of painting, with two of her pupils, Marie Gabriele Capet and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond, three women defying the convention of the day (this painting was exhibited in the French Royal Academy of Painting Academy and Sculpture’s biannual exhibition at the Louvre Palace in 1785). I find nature is the greatest influence on my art and is the most generous teacher, it is an endless source of subject matter.”

Self-Portrait with Two Pupils (1785) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

She also is profoundly influenced by her mentor Gary T. Erbe, an artist specialist in Trompe L’oeil, drawing great inspiration from the complexity of his work, his themes and visual arrangements, claiming they “are unique and masterful”.

quotes

“Simplicity and complexity exist within each other. It is the opposition of these two forces that makes life interesting.”

“Nature is the greatest artist. Artists are only imitators, who can only hope to stimulate the senses a fraction of the way nature does.”

“Less is more.”

The Human Figure
By John H Vanderpoel (2015, originally from 1907)

The Art Spirit
By Robert Henri (1923)

Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
By George Bridgman (2009, originally from 1952)

Drawing, Design and Invention
By Michael Hampton (2010)

14th International ARC Salon, ACC Art Books ( 2020)

15th International ARC SAlon, ACC ART Books (2021)

INDA 11, International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery (2017)

New Jersey Artists Through Time, author: Tova Navarra, published by Fonthill Media LLC (2015)

The Art of Vanitas, Published by The O’Dell Studio (2014)

Who is Who in American Art, Published by Marquis Who’s Who (various years since 2005)

2020 American Art Collector Magazine, “A Brush with HerStory”, Rochelle Belsito, March

2019 NewsDay, “Men Weren’t The Only Old Masters”, Mary Gregory, pg B23

2019 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, Interpreting HerStory”, Leslie Gilbert Elman

2017 The Artist’s Magazine “Powerful Pastiche” by Louise B. Hafesh, October

2016 Naples Illustrated, “Sense of Place” December

2015 The New York Times, “Museum and Galleries”, Metropolitan section July 19 (full color painting reproduction pg 10)

2015 Life in Naples, ” The Winner’s Circle” Naples Style” , August issue

2014 Lehigh Valley Press, “The many Muses of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso”, by Paul Willistein, July

2014 Florida Weekly “Gallery Round-Up, Harmon-Meek Gallery” April issue

2012 International Artist Magazine “A Day in the Life of an Artist-Gabriela Dellosso”,by Wende Caporale, February/March issue

2011 The Artist’s Magazine, “Riddled With Magic”, BJ Foreman, May issue

2011 American Artist Magazine, “11 Artists to Watch in 2011” by John Parks, January issue

2010 The Artist’s Magazine, “27th Annual Art Competition – Portrait /Figure” December issue

2010 ArtNews, “Self Portraits” June issue

2008 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “Three toWatch”Sep/Oct issue

2008 American Art Collector Magazine, “Getting into Character” Issue #36

2007 Trenton Times – “ Good Times, Different Views” -Review and Full Color Reproduction on Art Section Cover, Jan. 19 issue

2006 Artist’s Magazine – “Costume Drama” May issue

2006 Artist’s Magazine – “20 under 40” February issue

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significant works

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Homage to Evelyn De Morgan (Self-Portrait)
Date: 2020
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 40 x 40 in (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA

Current Location: New Jersey, USA

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Garrik
Date: 2010
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24 x 20 in (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Homage to Angelica Kauffman
Date: 2016
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Museum of Art, Deland, Florida, USA

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Bride
Date: 2004
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 80 x 45 in (203.2 x 114.3 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Bride II
Date: 2005
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 85 x 35 in (215.9 x 88.9 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, USA

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Untitled
Date: 2003
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 40 x 80 in (101.6 x 203.2 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Beatrice Reading
Date: 2013
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 36 x 50 in (91.44 x 127 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Genevieve Estelle Jones’s Dream
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 46 x 70 in (116.84 x 177.8 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: The Burning of Adelaide Labille Guiard’s Masterpiece
Date: 2015
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 70 x 105 in (177.8 x 266.7 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Private Collection

Artist: Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
Title: Wine, Chocolate and Bosch
Date: 2019
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 44 x 60 in (111.76 x 152.4 cm)
Location of Creation: New Jersey, USA
Current Location: Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida, USA