Alumni Art Exhibition 2021 - Diego Gutierrez

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A semi-abstract painting of a dog attacking a fox

Can't Seem to Get Started, 2019
Acrylic and Oil on Fabric and Wood
14 x 17.25 inches

A semi abstract painting of a person on the ground

Five More Minutes, 2019
Acrylic and Oil on Fabric and Cardboard
13.5 x 19.25 inches

A semi abstract painting of a person cutting their hair

Today Fucking Sucks, 2020
Acrylic, Oil, and Digital Print on Canvas and Wood
16.25 x 20.5 inches

The work functions as a way of challenging my predetermined idea of the components that make up a painting. I question my ideas by rearranging and altering these components, such as materials, image, and context. My process is vague and allows for unexpected results to occur. It is intertwined with intuitive sketches, romantic ideas about painting, and creating situations where my demands on the painting can be challenged. These situations are at times uncomfortable, and it is within this zone where the reconfiguring of the image and handling of materials occurs. Painting has been a platform where I question my ideas and analyze the type of person I currently am. The body of work is a collection of explorations with image and material, in order to expand my idea of art. 

Diego Gutierrez was born in 1982 in Los Angeles, and received his master’s in painting at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Gutierrez has exhibited in a solo exhibition “Hypersensitve Romantic”, at Oolite Arts Gallery, Miami. His group exhibitions include “Spheres of Meaning”, at FIU Frost Museum, Miami, and “Welcome to Miami”, at The Fountainhead Residency, Miami. Gutierrez was honored with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Scholarship in 2010. He currently lives and works in Miami where he teaches High School for New World School of the Arts.