©2019  Gloria Calderon Saenz

All images are subject of copyright. 

One Statement

My work is the result of a practice rooted in more than one culture.  I allow different languages to have a voice by creating series of images. I need the physical struggle with materials, the transformation that occurs beyond the initial plan. I use post consumer paper for my big formats because it is abundant and I feel free to take risks. I love the different tasks of cutting, painting and drawing. They make comments on each other.

Wood and paper are my preferred mediums. Wood is directly attached to earth. Paper is related to human history, economy and information. My collages are acts of interruption in the journey of paper from one purpose to the next. They are fragile and impermanent and  their deterioration is part of the act.

From Colombia to France to Venezuela and the US, my work is a journal of unanswered questions. 

Watch the video below, where I tell the story of my inspiration rooted in poetry, nature, and the art of women in Kuna Yala, Panama.

Solo and curated exhibitions

2019 "Interruption"Eclipse Mill Gallery, Paintings and prints. North Adams MA

2016  Teatro la Salamandra, Cali, Colombia.

2015 "Symbiose" Exhibition at Centre des Arts, Shawinigan, Quebec.

2015  "Lush Life", Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH, USA.

2010  "Signs of life" Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge MA, USA.

2008  "Towne Gallery" Wheelock College, Boston, MA, USA.

2006  Embassy of Venezuela, Washington DC. USA.

2001 Harvard Neighbors Gallery at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. USA

2000  Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA. USA.

1992  Mediatheque de Montrapon, Besançon, France.

1990  College Montciel, Arthotheque, Lons le Saulnier, France

1989  Village-Club Georges Moustaki, Les Moussieres, France

1987  Biblioteca del Centenario, Cali, Colombia.

1982  Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Bogota, Colombia.

 

 

Other Exhibitions

 

2010 Flora Restaurant, Arlington, MA.

2006 Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington, MA.

2005-2014  Arlington Open Studios.

1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Illustration Exhibition, Bologna, Italy.

1997 Premier salon du Paysage Caribeen, Martinique, France.

1997 Noma Concours for Children books illustrations, Tokyo, Japan.

1997 Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislava, Slovakia.

1997 Biennal de Miniaturas Graficas, Centro Cultural Corp-Banca, Caracas, Venezuela.

1996 Galeria de Museo, Caracas, Venezuela.

1991 Salon du Livre, Dole, France

1991 Biennal des Arts, Saint Claude, France.

1989 Bibliotheque du Centre Culturel Aragon, Oyonnax, France.

1984 Maison des Ateliers, Paris, France.

Education

1971-1978  Academia Martenot, Cali, Colombia

1978-1982  Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia.

1982-1984  Atelier 17, Paris, France.

1984-1985  Atelier Adac, Paris, France.

Children Books Publications

2003  El Zipitio, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.

2001  Buzz Buzz, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.

2001 The Great Canoe, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada.

1999  El Jardin del Pueblo, Hispanex, Scott Foresman-Adisson Wesley, USA

1999  El Soñador de Sueños, Ediciones Artemis, Caracas, Venezuela.

1999  El Mosquito Zumbador,  Ediciones Ekare, Caracas, Venezuela.

1998  La Gran Canoa, Playco Editores, Caracas, Venezuela.

1996  Mambru se fue a la guerra, Ediciones Ekare, Caracas, Venezuela.

Awards and Honorable Mentions in Illustration

2001  Bulletin Blue Ribbon Winner, Canada, Illustration award.

2001  Parent's guide 2001 Children's  Media illustration award. USA

2000 Honor List, International Board on Books for Young People. Basel, Switzerland.

1999  1st Prize, Children Book Illustration, Centro Nacional del Libro, Caracas, Venezuela.

1999  Children Book illustration of the year, Fundalibro, Caracas, Venezuela.

1998  Bologna International Book Fair, Selected for the 32nd Annual Illustrators Exhibition.

1998  Selected for the White Ravens Exhibit of The International Jungend Bibliothek, Munchen, Germany.

1997  Encouragement Prize, Noma Concours for Picture Books, 

              Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for Unesco, Tokyo, Japan.

1996 1st Prize, Children Books Illustrations, Fundalibro, Caracas, Venezuela.

Teaching and Education Management Experience

2001-2019 International School of Boston: 

                           Extracurricular Activities Director for the Lower School

2009 Creation of a Mural painting for the International School of Boston:

             "Life Story" an Illustration of the evolution of life.

1997-1998  College France, Caracas, Venezuela.

                            Instituto Andes, Caracas, Venezuela:

                            Workshops on book illustrations fro elementary and middle school children.

1998-1992  Atelier Patrimoine, Saint Claude, France

                           College Rosset, Saint Claude, France

                           College Montciel, Lons le Saulnier, France

                           College Ampere, Oyonnax

                            Elementary schools in Marchaux, Cleron, Foucherans, La Pesse, Thoiry, (Jura-Doubs-Ain) France.

                           Workshops for students on linoleum cuts, handcrafted books, papermaking, batik and fabric printing.