Trailblazing Latina Artists

Gabriela Brown, Artsy, March 12, 2021

Curated by Gabriela Brown

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Artsy is launching a series of curated online group exhibitions that showcase the talent of female-identifying artists. 

Women artists have broadly been overlooked in art history, and Latina artists are no exception. While fighting against the realities of a male-dominated art world, Latina artists have also been ostracized due to their ethnicity, leading to fewer opportunities and a lack of representation. As of 2019, Latina artists represent less than one percent of the art being acquired by U.S. art institutions.

Female-identifying Latin American artists and their work have been consistently typecast and overshadowed. This context has often kept Latina artists from exploring their practices as individuals. While it would be impossible to encapsulate the full depth and variety of female Latin American artists’ practices, this presentation is focused on how they explore the nuances of womanhood.

From the paintings of Sandra Gamarra to the sculptures of Mariana Castillo Deball, this grouping features works by trailblazing artists, both established and emerging, who have broken boundaries through their reflections on form, translation, and identity. 

In their works, we can see explorations of the politics of space and memory. Sandra Gamarra utilitzes translation and copying as essential means of revealing the history of an object. Mariana Castillo Deball’s works, in contrast, bring together science, archaeology, and the visual arts to consider how these disciplines describe our world.

Similarly, artist Lucia Hierro explores her surroundings and 21st-century capitalism through an intersectional lens. Through her works, she examines issues of class, privilege, and exclusion through mundane objects that come to signify elements of identity politics.

These artists have all used their experiences to inform their discourse and to create representations of self and nation that challenge long-held stereotypes of Latina culture.


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