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Yellow Irises in Pink by Gustavo Schmidt, Oil on Linen, 38x32
 
 
GUSTAVO SCHMIDT
Solo Exhibition
September 10 - 26, 2014
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 11, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Meet Gustavo @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 

Gustavo Schmidt's work begins with the same elements as the best Renaissance artists: strong drawing and composition, an awareness of Sacred Geometry, and a mastery of perspective and proportion gathered from years of arduous study and observation.  His brilliant use of color and fastidious attention to detail and surface pays homage to traditional painting as well. Yet it is beneath the aesthetic surface that Gustavo's uniqueness begins to emerge.  As we contemplate his compositions, the images seem to emanate an almost mystical presence, a spirituality that engages the viewer on a deeper level.  The objects and their interrelations seem to make suggestions, psychological and emotional. These not only challenge the viewer but also create a strangely peaceful and satisfying mood that transcends the physical beauty of the work. - Amy Madden Taylor, Art History Writer- Princeton University

ARTIST  BIO

Gustavo Schmidt started his studies at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. He studied Fine Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He received awards while participating in group exhibitions and art competitions in Santiago and other cities in Chile. Parallel to his studies in Art School,Gustavo worked as a free lance illustrator for several Advertizing agencieslike J.Walter Thompson, Young and Roubicam, McCaan Erickson, Northcote, andserving a position of Art Director at Interlink. He changed his creative venueto fully dedicate all his efforts to his art, and after showing his work in some galleries in Santiago, he had his first representation from a private art consultant that allowed him to traveled to NYC, USA, where he continues to reside to the present day.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I use representation of ordinary elements as symbols, chosen from a psychological context thus causing a sense of tension, intrigue and dialogue among them. When staging still live compositions, my preference is to use objects arranged as if in altars or theatre, usually a premeditated set up that enhances the feel of a silent essence; distorting or placing elements in unexpected areas or setting a juxta-position statement of perceptions and experiences involved in the reading among them. In intending to transfer the sensations left from reflections or introspections, I maximize the use of personal painting methods of the classical oil on linen traditional techniques. Creating my own mixture of Flemish, Renascence and French methods, using layers of glazing wet and dry over impastos, giving a special treatment to the textures of the objects, lights and shadows, by which the paintings achieve their three dimensional quality.

AWARDS GRANTS & HONORS

1999-00     Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY. Grant.

1986           Instituto Cultural de Providencia, Santiago, Chile, Honorable Mention.

1982           Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro, Competencia Nacional de Arte, Santiago, Chile,

                   Honorable Mention.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013           Galeria Art Labbe, Santiago. Chile.

2008           Embassy of Chile, Washington DC. USA.

2005           Chilean Consulate, Realism, New York, NY. USA.

1999-00      Chilean Consulate, Parallel Universe, New York, NY.

1978           Craighouse School, Gustavo Schmidt, Santiago, Chile.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014             Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

2013             Congreso Nacional, Valparaiso, Chile.

‚Äč                     National Museum of Catholic Art and Libraries, Washington DC, USA

2012             National Museum of Catholic Art and Libraries at Italian Embassy,

                     Washington DC, US, Canonized Catholic Saints for the year 2012

                     exhibition.

                     Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

                     Galeria Art Labbe, Santiago, Chile.

2011             John Paull II, Cultural Center, Washington DC, USA.

                     Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

2010             Historical Society, Washington DC, USA.

                     John Paul II, Cultural Center, Washington DC, USA.

                     National Museum of Catholic Art and History, Washington DC, USA.

                     Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

2009            Historical Society, Washington DC, USA.

                     The National Museum of Catholic Art and History, New York, NY. USA.

                     Klaudia Marr Gallery, 15 th Annual Realism Invitational, Santa Fe, New

                     Mexico, USA.

2008             The National Museum of Catholic Art and History, New York City, USA.

                     Klaudia Marr Gallery, 15 th Annual Realism Invitational, Santa Fe, New

                     Mexico, USA.

2007             Klaudia Marr Gallery, 14 th Annual Realism Invitational, Santa Fe, New

                     Mexico, USA.

2005             Simon Patrich Gallery, “From Here to There, Five Magic Realists”,

                     Vancouver, Canada.

2004             TASD Gallery, Latin American Artists,Inaugural Show, Miami, Florida.

                     Simon Patrich Gallery, Young Artists, Vancouver, Canada.

                     Elmurst’s Hospital, New York City Hospital Collection Exhibit,, NY.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

His Excellency Chilean Ambassador to the White House,

Mr. and Mrs. Mario Artaza, Washington D.C. 

His Excellency Chilean Ambassador to Organization of

American States, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Bianchi. Washington D.C.

His Excellency Chilean Ambassador, Mr.  & Mrs.

Benajmin Concha Gazmuri, New York, NY. 

Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo Kretschmer, Cordoba, Argentina.

Mr. and Mrs. Hipólito Lagos, Santiago, Chile.

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Maltz, New York, NY.

Ms. Anne O’Brien, Washington DC.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sabella, New York, NY.

Ms. Maruja Vergara, New York, NY.

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Castro, New York, NY.

Mrs. Michele Godfrey, New York, NY.

Mr. and  Mrs. Felipe Lecaros, Westchester, NY.

Mr. & Mrs. Derek O'Neill, Wexford, Ireland.

Mrs. Starr Fuentes, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Mr. Mark Armenante, New York, N.Y.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wooster, Ann Sargent, Reality-Realities, text Paralel Universe, Catalogue, Chilean Consulate, New York, NY., (Ilustrated) (1999-2000)

Everlasting Memories: Still-Lives from Ibero-America, Catalogue, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington DC. Catalogue, (November 21st, 2000 - January 13th, 2001).

Organization of American States, Gustavo Schmidt, Catalogue, extract from the text Paralel Universe from Ann-Sargent Wooster, Washington DC. (1999)

Organization of American States, Three Contemporary Chilean Painters, Catalogue, Washington DC. (1999).

The Art Society, Annual Gala and Exhibition, Catalogue, International Monetary Fund Gallery, IMF, Washington D.C. (1999)

Brochure, TASD Gallery, Blue Package. (illustration) Miami, Florida. (2003)

Brochure Realism, Ann-Sargent Wooster, Chilean Consulate, New York, NY. (2005)

The Kitsilano Views, The Art Of Fantasy-Magic Realism, Vancouver, Canada, Magazine, vol 2, issue 4. pp. 28-29.Tulips Reflected. April 2005.

Revista Cosas, No.543, Magazine, Santiago, Chile. (July 18th, 1997)

“Que Pasa”, Magazine, Santiago, Chile. (September, 1983)

Revista de la Universidad Católica, Magazine, UCT, Talca, Chile, (Septiembre, 1983)

EL MERCURIO, Artes y Letras, Santiago, Chile. (1985)    

EL MERCURIO, “Revista Del Domingo”, Santiago, Chile, September, (1983)

EL MERCURIO, Artes Y Letras, Santiago, Chile, Septiembre, (1983)

EL MERCURIO, Artes Y Letras, Santiago, Chile, (1982).
 
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