Esperanza Gama

"I have so many things to say, about what I feel, about being a woman, about many things that I cannot say with words, which I have to say with images."

-Esperanza Gama

Emotions are best expressed by the direct contact of the human eye. The ability to see was my primary ambition at the beginning of my artistic career. Another very interesting form of expression to me was to try to metamorphosize the mystical images of dreams into inspiration for my work.

In recent years I have become intrigued by the mysteries of other people's lives. By consequence, I have developed an interest in reading biographies that often do not include photographs. By reading such books one has the opportunity to imagine the visual history without someone else's interpretations. This interest took shape in my last solo exhibit entitled "Mujeres de Cuatro Siglos" ("Women of Four Centuries") and was my artistic biography of women of the last four centuries.

I am a professional independent artist. I consider myself a graphic artist whose art incorporates different techniques. Magic Realism best describes what I wish to represent in my artwork. I have studied the classical artists of the Renaissance and Surrealist movement, and both have influenced y artistic development.

My university studies were conducted in Mexico and the Escuela de Arte Plasticas of the Universidad de Guadalajara Mexico. I also had the opportunity to travel in Europe and Asia and I studied in Paris for two years. These travel experiences have had an influence in my artwork.



School of Fine Arts, University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Main program cover, Chicago, for the Annual Conference of the National Council of La Raza hosted in Chicago, IL
Book Cover, Loverboys, Ana Castillo Short Stories Norton Publishers, New York, NY
Viva el Arte, Art Magazine Number One, March-April Number Two, June-July
Illustration, Tutuguri Magazine, Poetry Chap Book Illustration, Cuaderno Breve Poetry Notebook, Guadalajara University Press
Drawings, Francisco Pedroza Poetry, Cabanas Cultural Institute
Drawings, Raul Banuelos Poetry Guadalajara University Press

Annual Celebration Awards Artist Latino Institute, Chicago, IL
Official Artist for the 1997 Annual Conference National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC
Chicago Artists International Program Residency Grant Bordes Printmaking Workshop, Guadalajara, Mexico
Traditional Chinese Painting, Gakukai Sumie Center Tokyo, Japan
Traditional Chinese Painting, Yangshou, China Antique Batik Processes, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1996 Third Place Winner of the Alice and Arthur Baer Art Competition Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL