Artwork of the Day: Universe, Mayte Guzmán

Mayte Guzman, Universe

Universe, Mayte Guzman

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Universe,” an acrylic on canvas by the Mexican painter and architect Mayte Guzmán, who will be exhibiting with X Espacio de Arte at Artexpo New York 2011.

There is a seeming architectual context to Mayte’s canvases. The designs look as if created on the sides of buildings, over bricks, or painted on interior walls. Very much concerned with synthesis, her work manages to recognizably reduce familiar forms, even the human figure, to pure abstraction — in turn restating and resignifying them as grand, sweeping motifs.

While Mayte was studying architecture at the Instituto Teresa de Avila in Mexico City, she became interested in visual art, studying anatomy and the human body. Experimenting with composition in her architecture studio, she eventually moved to France to begin an intensive study of art, and began to exhibit her work. Further training with teachers and academies in France and Mexico led to her first solo show in Mexico, in 1994, followed by another at the Lee Gallery in Paris three years later. Since then, Mayte has gone on to exhibit her work in solo and group shows throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, France and Italy.

X Espacio de Arte (Art Space X) of Mexico City is committed to making ideas. Arising from the need for a space for training, development, production and promotion of the arts — as well as for artistic residencies that foster exchange and communication between artists from throughout Mexico and the world — X Espacio de Arte is an open forum for artists, producers and promoters of art to present their work to the public, whether visual arts, theater, dance, music, photography, video, books, design or other forms of creative expression.

We are pleased to welcome Mayte Guzmán to Artexpo New York this week. For more information on Mayte and X Espacio de Arte’s other artists, please visit their website,

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