Please join us in a reception honoring Gilberto Guzman, a Santa Fe Living Treasure, this Sunday, April 29th, 2-5 pm at El Museo Cultural. This is a first time showing of the embodiment of his life’s work on canvas and most pieces are available for sale.
Gilberto’s paintings are bold and passionate, a reflection of his life’s journey—from picking grapes in Southern California as a boy, to acclaimed internationally known artist.
Santa Fe became the home of Gilberto in the early 1970s when murals were becoming strong statements of la gente/the people—Statements of struggle and a need to be heard, which were best expressed in vivid colors across a large wall.
One of the largest is the mural on the State Archive Building on Guadalupe Street. Others are in the New Mexico State Library, the “Gold Star Mothers” depicting the ultimate sacrifice of New Mexico’s Bataan Death March soldiers seen in the Bataan Building, and “Harvest” in the Round House, among a few.
“I like to do murals because it makes art accessible to everyone.” Gilberto’s work evokes deep feelings for the individual as well as for the community.
Santa Fe is indebted to Gilberto for his immense contribution through his accessible art form. We look forward to seeing you on this special occasion, honoring Gilberto Guzman! In addition to his paintings, a signed poster of “Guitarist” will be available for $40.