Lourdes Gomez

Curriculum Vitae

The history behind the pictorial career of Lourdes Gomez begins in the 80's in Mexico City where she commences her studies in graphic design. As a little girl, she displayed great talent for drawing and was notable for the creation of her caricature type characters. It was precisely her love for these characters that evolved and later on resulted in conducting formal studies on the art of graphic communication.
For years, she received lessons on many illustration techniques and received a degree in Editorial Design. During the first years of her professional life, she worked on illustrating pamphlets, magazines, textbooks, and children's books.
It was during those years where the creation of her famous and unique characters emerged from her pen, which were later patented under her name and became a fundamental part of her creative work.
By the year 1988, she moves to the paradise like city of Cancun where she completely turns around her creative activity. She left aside her editorial career in order to dedicate her creativity to the first works of art.
In those days, the young community of Cancun was looking to culturally expand its artistic activities and thanks to an organized group of artists, it was possible to achieve this cultural development, benefited by a tourist-based economy in Cancun. From these efforts, the known Garden of Arts was born which allowed her to exhibit her work on a weekly basis gaining an increasing fan base and popularity.
By being in contact with the fabulous sands of this coastal city and along with her vast creativity all lead to working with the sand where she developed a very unique technique that would become her trademark throughout her pictorial career. This outstanding technique consisted of mixing sand and acrylic paint until reaching a very singular texture. She used this sand to create a certain volume to her work by sculpting it little by little on the canvas. Subsequently she applied very bright colors on the sand, which was inspired by her Latin roots.
From the beginning, her creations were widely accepted and captivated the attention of the locals and tourist a like living and visiting these beaches. She also caught the attention of the print, news, and television media, which allowed her to expound on her artistic endeavors.
The consistent commitment to her work resulted in an extensive artistic production and great recognition of her work throughout the region. She had the opportunity of staging her own exhibitions several times. They were distinguishable by the display of both formal art works and her more humoristic work, which was very much appreciated by the public. Over 40 pieces from each of her styles were displayed at the Municipal Palace of Cancun where the originality of her work was widely accepted.
The hotel business community to illustrate, with her simple lines, a vast variety of pamphlets and magazines geared towards making it easier and more efficient to understand safety rules, union laws, emergency measures, etc, called upon her. This time she came back by popular demand to work on this editorial production but included her unique and humoristic characters as part of these projects.
Parallel to her artistic work, she also rallied for the union of artists in an effort to make it possible for all artists to display their work both within the city and in other places. For this very reason, she was called upon the Hotel Association, The House of Culture and the Municipal government to organize the First Southeast Mexican Biennial, which resulted in the participation of great art figures of national recognition.
Thanks to her tireless work in favor of cultural diffusion, she was called to Mexico City in order to be the recipient of the prestigious title of Southeast Representative of the Mexican Society of Plastic Arts. The endowment of this title inspired her to work even harder to find new means of cultural diffusion, participating as a judge for several child art competitions. She also participated in the call for a project to beautify the entrances to the city. Her caricatures became the image of the Cancun Carnival and organized a great pictorial show to commemorate the 500 years of the Discovery of America. She applied her humor to history and highlighted episodes of the mixed races in a way that was didactic, esthetically pleasant, and graceful.
She took her format of displaying both formal art and character based art to other parts of the country. Furthermore, she edited her first book of comic strips named "Today I am 5 centuries" ("Hoy yo soy 5 siglos") satirically and humorously recounting the story of the Discovery of America and the Conquest throughout time; exhausting rapidly all available copies.
She worked closely with the Cuban Institute for the Promotion of Culture and Tourism by organizing art exhibitions including both Mexican and Cuban talent. Strong bonds were born by this conjoined effort, which influenced her artistic work in the subsequent years.
She was contracted by a group of investors to work on an ambitious tourist project in Cancun called "Magic Mexico" (Mexico Magico") which included an extensive amusement park, stores, restaurants, theaters, bars, and a center a performing arts center. The park included venues displaying many countries and cultures of the world. She joined the Arts Department and carried out the laborious task of decorating a great amount of murals throughout the entire park. Lourdes Gomez was in charge of working on the area of the park dedicated to Mexico where along with 50 assistants all painted and decorated each interior and exterior wall of this newly constructed super project. She worked for over a year along with 40 other fellow artists and over 400 assistants to accomplish this task. When the park opened its doors, she was elected along with two other artists to conform a maintenance team for all the murals of the park and kept painting new projects. At that time, along with her work at the park, she also kept up her own artistic work, her editorial and graphic designs, decorated bars in the area, and created outdoor advertisement.
It is in the 1995 where she radically changes her life and moves to the city of Miami where she finds herself looking for new artistic outlets in this new country. She exhibited her work in several art galleries in this city where she found great acceptance for her artwork and rapidly sold many of her creations.
She was called upon by the Mexican Consulate to become part of an individual show at the installations of their Cultural Center where prominent political and famous people in the arts attended and resulted in selling the vast majority of her paintings on just her opening day.
The organizers of the month of "Hispanic Heritage" ("Herencia Hispana") called her to be a part of a group of Latin exhibitors living in the United States to highlight Hispanic cultural values.
Once her unique characters became well known she was asked to work on over one hundred paintings, all with a Cuban theme, to be displayed in the heart of Calle Ocho. Under the motto, "Habana to go" a line of children's clothing was created using these characters.
Yet another project rushed her to create a very special body of work, which became to symbolize "The League against Breast Cancer", whereby the proceeds of this effort were given to this organization.
"Amnesty International" also contacted her with the same purpose of obtaining funds geared towards social justice by using her work and creativity.
For 9 years, she has participated in many prestigious Art Festivals throughout the State of Florida with great results selling many of her original art works. Her creations have reached many countries such as Canada, Spain, Switzerland, France, Argentina, and Puerto Rico.
Currently she continues to exhibit and has a busy schedule of events from September through April in several cities throughout the U.S.