My name is Isabel Guzmán Mohr I live in Santiago de Chile, a country characterized by its beautiful landscapes, nature and the incredible Andes Mountains.
I am the mother of three wonderful children, a self-taught artist, an Early Childhood Educator by profession, and a retail manager for a toy company in Chile. I am multifaceted, I like to do many things! Haha…
I love art and education.
The passion for art I totally inherited from my mom … she is a great artist, ceramist. Crafts, creations, taste for aesthetics, art were always present in my life.
My art is 100% viceral, I paint with the heart and for the heart. I love the color and textures. I think I don’t have a defined or pigeonholed style, my art is very free, there are no hands that have marked or defined me.
My paintings have led me to exhibit in Chile, Miami, and Shanghai. I am invited to exhibit in September in Luxembourg with a gallery in Madrid.
I have never been very friendly with social networks until now…I have Instagram just this year and I am discovering a world and I love it.
Hi Isabel! Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you begin doing art and how did you get started? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Isabel: I inherited my passion for art from my mother … she is a great artist, ceramist. Crafts, creations, taste for aesthetics, colors, good taste … were always present in my life.
I have always made art, at school I was in the art courses. I have painted all my life.
I studied education, I liked teaching to make a difference in children and people. I never thought to study art, because I felt that art came with me, it was part of me.
What artists of the past or present have inspired you?
I like color, texture, cubism, and all kind of works with irony, kinetic art. The only ones that make you stop for a moment.
What motivates you as an artist? Is it curiosity, the search for beauty, or meaning?
Isabel: I like to experiment from scratch, create from the beginning, and open up your feelings in the process, evoke emotions.
You say your passion for art I inherited from your mom. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from her?
Isabel: My mom is a very perfectionist innate artist … I think her main legacy is unconditional love for family, perseverance and being very detailed in everything … work, relationships, life as a whole.
Your art is very unique. What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Isabel: Thank you!
I think that the beginning of each work is the most challenging, since I have no defined school and I like to try everything, sometimes I am blank in front of a white paper. I do not know if I get over it but I cheer up and go aimlessly.
I always think I have a lot to learn.
What are some of the tools you use to create your distinct style of artwork?
Isabel: I like different supports, canvas, wood, paper and now I am discovering and experimenting in art and digital engraving. I mainly use acrylic, I love its versatility and I mix it with different materials such as pastels, pencils, inks, papers, etc.
My work in general has many layers that are intertwined and mixed until reaching the final result.
How has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Isabel: Since I have no formal school that limits or stiffens me, my style has changed a lot, but rather it is always evolving and changing. You are always discovering and learning, I like to do different things.
There is always a stamp, a certain style, a common thread, but many times when showing a work someone says … that is new! or that’s different! And I like that very much…
You say you’ve never been very friendly with social networks until now. What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Isabel: Yes, I have always associated social networks with personal life.
When Facebook came out I made an account but I used it very little and I never wanted to have Instagram until now … My friends and those around me insisted on making me an Instagram account to show my works and now I’m on that … showing my art to the world and happy! All my sales now I make them out there … it is an infinite world that I am discovering.
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Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Isabel: In Chile, everything is closed by Covid19 since March and I think it will be like this almost all year.
I am invited to participate in Luxembourg Art Fair 2020 in September with a gallery in Madrid … but due to the pandemic, I do not know if I will succeed, I hope so.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Isabel: This Covid19 experience has been very strong. It has made me think, thank, value, and enjoy the simple things in life, live more consciously … I think it has changed us all.
For now, I want to enjoy my family, the simple moments.
In relation to art, give thanks for being able to do what I love and show it to the world.
Art moves emotions and if with mine I manage to touch some minds and hearts I feel more than happy and grateful.