Muralist Gilberto Guzman has established his deserved place in history with a replica of his "Multicultural" mural on display at Vladem Contemporary, but little is known about his works on canvas which he also painted throughout his life. This month a retrospective of his work can be found on display in three locations throughout the city with an opening reception on September 29 at 5:30 pm at Edition ONE Gallery, and through October 31 at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, and El Museo Cultural.
Guzman's paintings resemble the style of the Mexican Masters and were undoubtedly influenced by the work of Diego Rivera; having lived in San Francisco and LA. His paintings depict the rich multicultural and agricultural experiences of growing up in East LA and his childhood home in Cucamonga, San Bernardino Valley.
Guzman says that his artistic passion was sparked when he was hired to clean a studio and encountered a painting. He was never offered art in school and couldn’t fathom this painting and how it had the ability to depict life as a 3D illusion!
From that time on he was driven to become an artist. He pursued art and after military service took courses and was accepted to the San Francisco Academy of Art.
He settled in Santa Fe in the 70s where he produced notable murals that still exist and worked quietly as an artist. He took dishwasher jobs to pay the bills, and when his work was done, he would build and paint canvases ultimately creating “The Guzman Paintings.”