Artist Statement

My father, mother, and grandfather were all painters. It is in my blood. I serve painting as a mediator, to seek its righteousness and find its transcendent power it holds.

I paint in a traditional oil glazing method which came about through my faith. This is a devotional approach to painting. The process is one of ritual. I carry out every painting in the same method, it is the repetitiveness that makes it a ritual. Painting has always been a inner and physical sanctuary where I can carry out my inner expression about humanity. The technique I work in requires multiple opaque, semi opaque and translucent layers of paint to be built upon one another with a dominance of brown and black in the pallete; this method of painting was the main oil painting technique in Western art from the early Renaissance to the post revolutionary period. I taught myself this centuries old technique through constant art historical research and hours of critical observation of old paintings. It requires draftsmanship, a knowledge of the direction of light, figuration and classical composition.

Through looking into spirituality of Roman Catholicism; I take inspiration from traditional iconography and biblical narratives. In some pieces they are revisited by including people of color into the roles that have traditionally been dominated by white people. It is the representation of cultures stemming from western colonialism that are under or not represented.

Further exploring that, surreal figurative compositions I explore themes of philosophy and spirituality and create work in which the viewer is transported to another realm.

Using traditional painting as a vehicle, I translate and elevate my sitters to a position of recognition, since the historical role of classical European painting has always been that of institutional colonial power. I myself paint in the tradition of that, a classical European. I however am not. I am a person of color from the Bay Area. Coming from that background, it is essential to me to paint underrepresented populations that were affected by Western Colonialism. I am appropriating traditional European painting techniques and subverting them to represent those of the conquered.

About

"I paint in a traditional oil glazing method which came about through my faith. This is a devotional approach to painting. The process is one of ritual. I carry out every painting in the same method, it is the repetitiveness that makes it a ritual. Painting has always been a inner and physical sanctuary where I can carry out my inner expression about humanity. The technique I work in requires multiple opaque, semi opaque and translucent layers of paint to be built upon one another with a dominance of brown and black in the pallete; this method of painting was the main oil painting technique in Western art from the early Renaissance to the post revolutionary period. I taught myself this centuries old technique through constant art historical research and hours of critical observation of old paintings. It requires draftsmanship, a knowledge of the direction of light, figuration and classical composition."

Solo Exhibitions

2019 - Answers, Senior Thesis Exhibition, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

2018 - Paint With 1000 Angels Behind You, California College of the Arts Studios, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions

2019 - Embodiment, The Project Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2018 - Sanchez Contemporary Holiday Exhibition and Sale, Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA


2018 - The Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA


2018 - The Lofty Lounge Loggia, Lofty Lounge Loggia, San Francisco, CA


2017 - Art as Science, Science as Art, Sketchpad Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2015 - Atlas of Possible Futures 2nd Edition, Brainwash Cafe, San Francisco, CA College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA


2015 - BCC Student Art Show, Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Fine Art Paintings

"I am a person of color from the Bay Area. Coming from that background, it is essential to me to paint underrepresented populations that were affected by Western Colonialism. I am appropriating traditional European painting techniques and subverting them to represent those of the conquered."

PORTRAITS

SURREAL

SPIRITUAL

Exhibition Proposals

The smArt Collective in collaboration with Artist Manager Mauricio Velasco, have the privilege to curate, present, and propose for exhibition, under guidance of the artist, the artwork of the emerging painter, Iñigo José Guzmán. The solo exhibitions proposed here are selected from Guzmán’s array of works.


These ideal exhibitions are designed to bring a refreshing and modern outlook to popular and relevant subject matter through a traditional style of oil painting found in Western Art that dates back to the early Renaissance period.


In total there are two curated exhibitions using Guzmán’s artwork to choose from. Each address differently the theme of Latinx Identity, through the use of Roman Catholic Iconography and Family Motifs. Of course, suggestions, individual works, and revisiting past exhibitions are always an option to choose from upon request, considering that it is better suited for your needs.


The two proposed exhibition themes are as follows and presented in this order:


(They are to be viewed through a contemporary lens)


1. Latinx Identity & Roman Catholic Iconography


“…looking into spirituality of Roman Catholicism; I take inspiration from traditional iconography and biblical narratives. In some pieces they are revisited by including people of color [within the context of a Latinx Identity] into the roles that have traditionally been dominated by white people. It is the representation of [Latinx Identity] stemming from western colonialism that are under or not represented.”

- Íñigo José Guzmán


2. Latinx Identity & Family Motifs


“Latinx artists are highly diverse. They span differences of class, race, ethnicity, region, history, citizenship status, and more – just like the Latinx population at large…Latinx artists include those who have been here for generations and those born in Latin America but raised in the United States, what sociologist term the “1.5 Generation”… In sum, no person or artist from Latin America backgrounds in the US is born Latinx; they become Latinized by being radicalized into, socialized or acculturated into US racial frameworks, and by developing articulating identifications with larger Latinx communities.”

- Arlene Dávilla (Latinx Art, 2020)


Latinx Identity & Roman Catholic Iconography

Latinx Identity & Family Motifs

Exhibition Highlight

MAR 11

Mon, Mar 11 2019, 12PM - Fri, Mar 15 2019, 5PM

151 Hubbell Street, San Francisco, California, 94107

ORGANIZED BY

CCA Painting and Drawing Program


EVENT DESCRIPTION

"ANSWERS is a showcase of multiple figured compositions by Iñigo Guzmán who works in 17th century old master techniques of painting."


ENTRY DETAILS

CCA Hubbell Street Galleries

Free and open to the public

Opening reception: Thurs., Mar. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Thurs., 12:00-7:30 p.m.; Closed Saturday & Sunday

Exhibitions

2021 Cathedral Sacred Arts & History Exhibit, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary, San Francisco, CA

2018 The Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA

2018 The Lofty Lounge Loggia , Lofty Lounge Loggia, San Francisco, CA

Select Drawings (Pencil on Paper)


/ 1 / Pensive Holy Virgin / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2019 /


/ 3 / Study for Saint Elizabeth / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /


/ 3 / La Familia / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2019 /

Prints (Monotype on Paper)

/ Self Portrait / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /

/ Self Portrait as Heracles / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /


/ Descending Guardian Angel / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /

/ Descending Guardian Angel II / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /

/ Santo Niño / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /

/ Santo Niño II / On Request / 11" x 8.5" / 2017 /

Digital Package (PDF)

Íñigo Portfolio.pdf

Portfolio


Exhibition Proposals

Contact

Artist Manager:

Mauricio Miguel Velasco

smartcollective2021@gmail.com

TEL : 1 (415) 716 1432

LinkedIn

@maurice_vee_


Artist:

Íñigo José Guzmán

guzmaninigo@gmail.com

inigoguzman.com

@inigo.guzman