Hulda Guzmán (b. 1984, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Santo Domingo. She received a BA from Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic and a BA in Mural Painting & Photography from the National School of Visual Arts, Mexico. Guzmán’s solo exhibitions include: ‘Meet me in the forest’ at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; ‘Wish you Were Here’ at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; ‘My Flora, My Fauna’ at Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York; ‘With the Mother’ at Dio Horia, Athens; ‘We do it together’ at Galería Machete, México City. Guzmán’s group exhibitions include: ‘Winter Dreams’ at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; ‘Friends Non Show’ at Dio Horia Gallery, Athens; Untitled, Dio Horia Gallery, Miami; ‘Katherine Bradford, Hulda Guzmán, Rebecca Ness’ at Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York; ‘The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art’ at Pérez Art Museum, Miami; ‘Naturaleza y biodiversidaden la República Dominicana’, Pavilion of the Dominican Republic at the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; ‘Historias da Sexualidade’ at Museo de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Her work is featured in the official Biennale Catalogue ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, Vitamin P3: ‘New Perspectives in Painting’ by PHAIDON, Wall Street International, Artnet, Art Viewer, My Art Guides, and other art publications. Guzmán’s works have been included in esteemed collections, including Antonio Murzi Collection; Casa Cortés Foundation, San Juan; Centro Leon Jimenes, Santiago De Los Caballeros; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York/Caracas.
Guzmán's 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.