By: Yamil Guzman
I paint with acrylic media, oil, and watercolors to explore different visual possibilities.
I am a plastic artist from Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a land of great color and indigenous Zapotec origins. I started painting when I was very young, inspired by the shapes and colors that surrounded me. I am constantly influenced by history, aesthetics, and artistic traditions of different traditions, and I enjoy weaving them into my personal artistic expression.
My work incorporates cultural symbols of Oaxaca as well as an aesthetic fusion of different cultures of the world. My artwork is influenced by the historical and mystical origins of cultures, and I express these diverse origins in a contemporary style. In my paintings, I use oil, acrylic and raw pigment to evoke the primitive in contemporary life.
My inspiration comes from many sources, ranging from my earliest memories of traditions and festivities of my birthplace, to the abstraction of shapes and colors in my daily promenades in nature. I eulogize ancient rock paintings, and their original symbols and colors as well as the myths, rituals, and music of different ethnic groups.
I am firstly autodidactic, but I have studied and apprenticed with different artists from Oaxaca.
I have had various exhibitions in cultural venues such as the House of Culture in Ixtepec, the House of Culture in Juchitán, and I have participated in collective exhibits at the Mexican Embassy in Madrid. I have participated in live painting performances for publicity campaigns organized by private companies.
2019 Painting exhibition at Hotel Mesón Sacristía, Puebla de Zaragoza.
2019 Descante itinerant group exhibition, Casa Do Cante Museum, Serpa, Portugal.
2019 Guigu Bicu group exhibition, Casa Contreras- Granguillhome, Cd. Ixtepec Oaxaca.
2019 Exhibition of recent paintings, NISSAN Soni Insurgentes, CDMX.
2019 Isthmus of Tehuantepec Collective Exhibition: Deals, Stories and Portraits, Embassy of Mexico in Madrid, Spain.
2018 Yamil Guzmán solo exhibition, ENTE Gallery, Cuauhtémoc CDMX.
2018 Collective painting exhibition, Divergent Gallery, Cuauhtémoc CDMX.
2018 Work Show, Author Nights, Bajo Circuito, Cuauhtemoc CDMX.
2018 Creations collective exhibition, Macario Matus Cultural Center, Tlatelolco CDMX.
2015 Individual Painting Exhibition Book of my dreams, Culture House of Cd. Ixtepec, Oaxaca.
2014 Collective Economy Mural, Government Building of the Higher School of Economics, IPN, CDMX
2014 Collective mural We are all migrants. Albergue Hermanos en el camino, Cd. Ixtepec, Oaxaca.
2013 Collective Exhibition of Emerging and Suggestive Visual Arts Hall of Cabildos, Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca.
2012 Collective Exhibition of Painting You see yourself painting, Culture House of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca.
2012 Pictorial Mural of 27 meters. Art is necessary for life, Bachillerato Cbtis No. 91, Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca.