MG: I do watercolor large paintings, one part expressive and the other part very realistic. I don’t know if that can be categorized in a particular style.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
MG: Lately from strong women which I admire. Also I pay a lot of attention to color combinations that I may find in nature or in someones outfit, an old painting, a movie. I am also obsessed with composition and I try to learn from the masters.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
MG: I research my subject thoroughly and sketch the object of my piece several times. Parallel to this I do collages on photoshop to see all the possibilities in composition, then I proceed to draw it and finally paint, usually starting with the realism part and towards the end I proceed to paint colors and form in a more abstract approach, its a more instinctive process where the painting is either ruined or successful. Lately I do smaller versions of the final piece, it helps determine what perhaps is missing or what should be removed from the final piece.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
MG: The discourse that accompanies my work is usually not too obvious. I would love it if people want to look at the artwork for a long time, hoping it transmits something to the viewer, not necessarily what I am personally trying to say.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
MG: I aim to have an organized routine where I wake up and go to sleep at the same time but it never is that way. I do like to cook every day and make beautiful dishes. I really love makeup so that is one of the first things I do everyday and high heels even if I’m alone at home, it changes me in a great way, I feel more energetic. I sometimes go to a gallery or a museum or to watch a movie, it’s good to know what is going on. I work on research and emails in the mornings and paint in the afternoons. I can’t paint at night because when my eyes are tired I just can’t tell the difference of what is good or bad anymore and also I tend to have silly accidents. So at night I like to watch a movie or read a book or go out and meet a friend for dinner or dancing. I feel the need to be social, I really love people in general.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
MG: For me it’s better to have a particular direction, then I can improvise but within the direction I’m aiming for.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
MG: Work everyday even if you don’t need to or have to. Never stop, even if you are not inspired. Like Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
MG: I think it’s important, as it would set you aside from the rest.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
MG: Routine! Making yourself paint even you are not necessarily inspired. You tend to be a lot with your thoughts and it’s easy to get lost in them.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
MG: The freedom, being the owner of my time. Living off of what I love to do the most. It’s nice to be very aware and very sensitive. I like to be an observer and to hopefully contribute to the world in some beautiful way.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
MG: So many! The list is endless among them I’m inspired by CY Twombly, David Hockney, Jenny Saville, Matisse, Cecily Brown, Picasso, Christian Schoeler, Goya, Rembrandt, etc. Mostly the artists who paint!
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
MG: I think it’s wonderful, we should definitely take advantage of today’s technological advances. This is a bit extreme but not using the tools offered by technology is like not taking the train in the industrial revolution.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
MG: Yes, I do.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
MG: I do love traveling, I can’t choose a favorite city, I like some aspects of some cities and countries. I love New York, London, Paris. And there are countries which I couldn’t even choose a city like Italy, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Peru, the Philippines! I need to travel so much more, I can’t believe I have never been to Japan, Brazil or Russia!!
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
MG: I really love reading Marcel Proust, it’s not an easy read but I swear I feel so much more eloquent after I’ve read a few pages!
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
MG: I’m currently working on “Faction” an exhibition that will take place in New York next fall. I’ve been working on it for nearly two years. I’m very excited!
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
MG: I never reflect on what it means. I just love being able to create artwork with my hands! I still find it fascinating that a blank piece of paper can become artwork.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
MG: I can quote Ross Gardiner: “Gutierrez’s body of work is defined by precise and vibrant impressions of existing fashion portraits, amplified contrast of near-arbitrary color, and deft blotches of damp pigment. The result is an entirely fresh interpretation of the portrait, and one that seeks to merge the collective visions of the models, designers, photographers, and make-up artists through the eyes of a painter”.
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