Guest Artist Ana Guzman

 

 

Ana’s art reflects the colors and energy of her native Havana, Cuba. Her style has been 
compared to that of “a jazz musician’s brush strokes on the drums,” equating the rhythm of her brushwork with the rhythm of her subjects. She paints with energy and expression combining line, texture, color and form, giving the eye just enough information to suggest the desired 
image.

 

Arriving in the U.S. at the age of five and speaking little English, Ana chose drawing as an 
important means of communication. Ana’s sketchbook was always close at hand as her family moved from New York to rural Pennsylvania and during summer vacations exploring their new country. In 1988, she and her husband, Julio, co-founded Coco Loco, a successful Cuban restaurant located in the heart of Atlanta. The restaurant became her canvas where she painted colorful murals reminiscent of old Havana, traditional Spanish seaports, musical gatherings and festive carnivals. Ana currently focuses on making art full time in her Atlanta studio.

 

Artist Statement

My work reflects the vibrancy and poetry in the world around me. A bouquet of flowers, bustling city streets, even musician rehearsals are elevated from everyday to special moments.

 

I work fast, capturing images with quick impressions in a gestural manner. Bold, confident brushwork feeds off the energy of the people, places or things that I paint. The rhythm of my brushstrokes echoes the heartbeat of my subjects.

 

My Cuba series reflects the vibrancy of her people and honors their resiliency in spite of politics. Scenes of Old Havana – the buildings, landscapes, people, cars and architectural gems – 
capture this unbridled spirit, the music and colors of life. These are moments that form my life and continue to make an impression.

 

Education:

Fine Arts Atelier - with Michael David 2012 - ’16 

Atlanta Artist Center 2009 - present

Atlanta College of Art/Savanna College of Art 1999- 2009

CINTAS Fellowship - 1979

Philadelphia College of Art, 1975 -  ’79

Taller Villalar, Madrid, Spain 1980 - ’81

Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 1973- ‘79

 

Media:

In 2018, Ana was featured on WABE’s City Lights  and ARTS ATL to discuss her inspiration from her childhood memories of Cuba and her daily MARTA commute.

 

Exhibitions:

2012- Group show at Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2012 - ArtCan - Bill Lowe Gallery

2013 - Atlanta Cuban Club

2016 through 2018 - group shows at dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

2016 through 2019 - group shows at Gallery 1401, Chattanooga, TN

2017 and 2018 - Little Things Show - Swan Coach House

April 2018 - one-woman show “Viva” at dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

June 2019 - one-woman show at Gallery 4945, Sandy Springs, GA

September 2019 - Group show at the B-Complex Art Studio, Atlanta, GA

November 2019 - Group show at IDEA Gallery/Gallery 4045, Sandy Springs, GA

January 2020 - Group show “Impulse” at Cherokee Arts Center, Canton, GA

April 2020 - Group show “People, Places and Things” St Thomas Deans Fine Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

Organizations:

American Women Artist

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Latin American Association

 

Collections:

Museum of Arts and Science, Macon, GA

Kilpatrick & Cody Attorneys

Freddy Alvarez Attorney

King and Spalding Associates

Numerous Private Collections

 

 

 

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