Latin American Female Artists You Should Know About

The works of Latin American painters have not always been given center stage as their contemporary artists in North America, with only 2.8% of Hispanic and Latino artist having their work displayed in prominent museums. Artists such as Zilia Sanchez were pushed to the side during the 1960 New York art scene, but they have made their way into Latin American art galleries. Outside of the Latin American art gallery scene, Latin American painters are taking over museums around the US with replicas of Aztec sculptures, photos of Mexican history, and other works of art.

Latin American art is a unique combination of South America, Central America, Caribbean, and Mexico with a pinch of Latin Americans living in other regions. When you visit a Latin American art gallery, these are the kind of fine art pieces you should expect to see, and some of the finest artists of the region will be women. Here is a list of famous Latin American women artists you will see in an art walk Coral Gables.

  1. Tarsila do Amaral- lived and worked in Brazil from 1886-1973: Amaral is Brazilandrsquo;s most famous 20th-century artist. While she is well known in her home country, her work had received sparse attention in the rest of the world until recently. Her work was first brought to Americanandrsquo;s attention when the Art Institute of Chicago presented a solo exhibition of her modernistic work. Her masterpieces are now available in famous fine art New York galleries such as the New Yorkandrsquo;s Museum of Modern Art. Amaral traveled to Paris and took art lessons with famous artists such as Fernand Leger. She rubbed shoulders with the likes of Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brancusi, and brought elements of their work evident in her masterpieces. Back home, she included content that her European counterparts ignored and centered her work around the unique content from her home ground.
  2. Maria Izquierdo- worked in Mexico from 1902-1955: As a single mom, Izquierdo’s work begun to make waves in Mexico in 1930. She had attended art classes in the capitalandrsquo;s National Fine Art School where she interacted with famous artists like Diego Rivera who highly praised her work. she found her unique footing in art by rejecting the political art that prevailed during her time. She instead preferred to mingle with elements of myth and the popular culture in Mexico, merging them with her identity, emotions, and subconscious. Izquierdo was the first Mexican woman to hold a solo exhibition in New York. Her career suffered a blow when David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rivero called her unqualified to receive an important mural commission of which she was a finalist.
  3. Zilia Sanchez- worked in Puerto Rico: Sanchez is renowned for reinventing hard-edged, geometric abstract pieces with shaped canvases and undulating forms. Her art evokes sensuality and eroticism. She began her career in her home town in Cuba as a set designer for radical guerilla theatre groups. She traveled to New York where she began her career in making shaped paintings and continued with the practice when she moved to Puerto Rico where she settled in 1970.
  4. Beatriz Gonzalez- works in Colombia and was born in 1938: Gonzalez describes herself as a transgressor because she did not fit in her time. She started her career in 1960 and drew her inspiration from pop art and the Colombian conflict known as La Violencia. Her most famous work, The Sisgasuicides I, II, and III were completed in 1965 show the smiling faces of a religious couple who committed suicide together in order to absorb the womanandrsquo;s sins. Gonzales used a series of bright colors in her painting, highlighting the coupleandrsquo;s tragic demise. Gonzalez is based in Bogota where she has her Latin American art gallery.
  5. Paz Errazuri- works in Chile and was born in 1944: Another Latin American female artist worth mentioning is Paz Errazuriz, a photographer daring enough to document the marginalized communities in Chile. She entered brothels, trans sex workers dens and queer, psychiatric hospitals. She also worked at boxing clubs and cruises, taking portraits of people in all of these unfavorable scenes.

In your next visit to a Latin American Art gallery, you will most likely be put in contact with works from one of these famous Latin artists