There is no age and gender for creativity: Three female Latin America artists that are still producing today

Posted on Dec - 16 - 2019

Throughout history, women artists have been overshadowed, their creative genius beclouded by the societal preference for their male counterparts. Nevertheless, the end of the 20th century started breaking with this fixation and casting light on great female artists, whose work not only deserves recognition but a wider audience. 

As the art world moves in mysterious ways and new obscure artists like Carmen Herrera now go for millions at auctions, there are still many more artists that need a closer look. What even is more remarkable, is that many of these artists are now in their golden age, producing and creating with unbowed fervor. Here are some aged yet powerful Latin American female artists, whose passion and talent transcend both gender and age barriers. 


Zilia Sánchez

Cuban-born, Puerto Rican artist turned 93 this year, and until recently her work was rarely seen outside of Puerto Rico. Trained as a set designer, Sánchez's work is characterized by the subtlety sensual shapes that she creates with canvases and soft tones of pastes and whites. Her work was included in the groundbreaking exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-85” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2018. This year, she had her first solo museum show in Washington DC, “Soy Isla”, at the Philips Collation, showcasing her work from the 1950s to the present, with over more than 60 artworks. The name of her exhibition servers as a metaphor where she felt connected to and disconnected from the mainland.

courtesy: The New York Times Style Magazine

 Judith Lauand 

Brazilian Judith Lauand, a key figure of the Brazilian concretism movement and one of the early members and only woman of the Grupo Ruptura, now ninety-two, is recently receiving the overdue recognition of her transcendental work. Being exposed in the 1950s to Max Bill’s and Van Doesburg’s work, Lauand comments “I base myself on elements inherent to painting itself: form, space, color, and movement. I seek to objectify the plastic problem as much as I can. I love synthesis, precision, exact thinking.” In 2014 she had retrospect of her work in “Judith Lauand: Brazilian Modernists, 1500s-2000s’ at the Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York.

courtesy: Galeria Trópica

Teresa Burga

In the 1960s Burga joined the group Arte Nuevo, alongside Luis Arias Vera, Gloria Gómez-Sánchez and Jaime Dávila, among others. She was a pioneering figure in Latin American Conceptualism her work includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and conceptual structures that support the display of analytical data and experimental methodologies. Her focused at the time orbited around the notions of feminity that were being portrayed in the mass media. Her work regains the attention of the art world in the early 2000s, when curators went to her door, asking for a revision of her artist's trajectory. Among that group where people from, SculptureCenter in New York, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, and the Stedelijk voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, Belgium, have all surveyed her work. Her work was also represented in “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985”. 

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

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