Latina art history is known for its beautiful artisan craft works and weaving, but painters and print makers have been using all types of mediums to show their talents. We have gone throughout history to look for promising visual artists who have made an impact in the art world. These artists come from different genres in the art world starting from traditional folk culture, to surrealism, to impressionism. Each Latina artist is accredited and praised for their work and contribution to the art world or surrounding communities.
Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907-1958)
Frida Kahlo holds many titles such as politician, feminist, and lover, but more importantly she’s a strong female/Latina (surrealist) painter. Inspired by her lack of physical activity after being bedridden from a horrific bus accident in 1925, Kahlo lived the life of an artist and became known for her strong and influential self portraits. Her paintings reflected her reality of a struggling and tumultuous life and marriage. She exhibited her work around the world and associated with other great minds in the arts, establishing great and long lasting relationships.
Argentina native, Carolina Antoniadis was born into a family of artists and was destined to keep the tradition going. Starting off as a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Prilidiano, Pueyrredon. Throughout many of her studies while teaching at the university, Antoniadis received fellowships to research and paint, always interested in the link between the problematics of art and design. She has won and received many awards for her distinct artistic creations that came about through much anticipation and is today, working and living in Buenos Aires. She has finished many collectives that have been exhibited throughout Argentina and the world.
Laura Lopez Cano
Laura Lopez Cano is an accredited painter who expresses women in a powerful light with true feminine qualities absorbed with inspirations from Hispanic culture and traditions. Cano has been recognized around the US for her community service, support and outreach contributions to many organizations that support education and women’s issues. She graduated with a BFA (Bachelor’s of Fine Arts) from the University of Texas at El Paso, and continued her studies in fashion illustration at Stephen’s College in Columbia, MO. Cano has multiple exhibits around the US and teaches college-level and private art classes.
Lola Cueto (Maria Dolores Velazquez)
Born on March 2, 18997 in Mexico City, Lola Cueto was a painter, print-maker, and puppet designer best known for her work in theater. A revolutionary for women in patriarchal Mexico, Cueto was one of the first women to attend the all boys academy of San Carlos, and also the first female student to be allowed into nude drawing classes. She traveled the world creating puppets and marionettes, and is well known for her impressionist style landscapes translated through her strong interests in Mexican handcrafts and folk art. After a life of creating traditional Mexican folk work, Cueto died January 24, 1978).
Judith Gutierrez (1927 – 2003)
Born in Ecuador, Judith Gutierrez moved to Mexico from political exile after studying at the school of fine arts in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and spending most of her childhood in a convent. Her artwork is engulfed with mystical scenes of nature, people, conjugated elements, and the cosmos all integrated into many different types of mediums. As a ritual, Gutierrez meditate before starting a piece, transferring the spiritual dream into her craft. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries around the world displaying her celestial influence of the Latino Culture.
Born in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1947, Norma Bessuet studied at the Slade school of fine arts in Britain. Her paintings consist of children and angels in a fantastical fairy tale-like setting, such images also seem mystical at times. Much of her work deals with the lone individual exposed in a natural and nurturing environment. Her work is displayed in many exhibitions around the world including the MOMA, Caracas, and Buenos Aires. She now lives and works in New York City.
Norah Borges (Leonor Fanny Borges Acevedo)
Born into and Argentine family of talented revolutionaries in 1901,Norah Borges was nothing short from great. Traveling the world at an early age, Borges was able to study different styles of art and participate in the Avant-Garde movement. Borges illustrated a number of magazine covers, books of poems for big publications, and painted portraits of authors, and poets including Juan Ramon Jimenez. With cubist influences, Borges’s work was seen in many Avant-Garde publications. After marrying and returning to Argentina, Borges supported anti-fascist feminist agendas during WWII. She later worked as a journalist, art critic and painter until her death in 1998.
Born in Britain 1917, Leonora Carrington spent most of her life in Mexico known for her surrealist painting and writing abilities that originated from a life of emotional hardship. Starting her artistic career with no support from her family, she began showing her work in small galleries in Britain and New York that gathered a lot of hype. After a horrible romantic end with other surrealist, Max Ernst due to his arrest by the Gestapo, Carrington went into deep depression and was institutionalized. After an escape from the hospital, Carrington sought asylum at the Mexican Embassy and married Mexican Ambassador, Renato Leduc. Most of her work and writing was influenced by her times of depression, Mexican heritage and her childhood. She died May 2011 as one of the last surrealists painters of her era.