Hulda Guzmán (b. 1984, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) received a BA from Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic and Parsons School of Design in New York and went on to study photography and mural painting at the National School of Visual Arts, Mexico. Guzman is a Dominican artist whose paintings blend what could be identified as painterly magical realism, attention for the supernatural and extra sensorial, as well as for the pleasures of earthly existence set in the context of tropical landscapes or modernist architectures. In her works, Guzmán celebrates Nature and all its Mysteries and is also interested in the elements of ourselves (fears and demons) that we try to repress. Her delicate use of gouache and ink on wood and sophisticated compositions portray scenes that speak both of Dominican and Caribbean identity and a personal and sometimes intimate view of the world. Drawing from surrealism, Mexican muralism and Caribbean folk traditions, Guzmán’s painting is an eloquent representation of her rich inner world. One in which moral schemes and rigid notions of good and bad are evaded.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Centro Leon Jimenes; Casa Cortes Foundation; Antonio Murzi Collection; and Kadist Foundation. Guzmán has been featured in the Dominican Republic’s pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Guzmán has exhibited at major institutions such as Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo; the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; Museo de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica; and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C and has been featured at Art Forum, Artsy and the new Yorker among other cultural media.