Marcela Gottardo (b. 1982 Brazil) lives and works between Pistoia, Italy and Los Angeles, California.
She received a Master of Fine Arts in 2014 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2012 at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her artwork comes to life while meditating and questioning what cannot possibly be answered within logic but revealed through rational imagination.
She is interested in the moment of discovery and what kind of states emerge from the act of looking and presence. With her installations and spatial relationships, she subtly involves the audience in becoming the discoverer-wonderer, opening up possibilities for the unknown, the unseen, and the magic within us, special places-planes of the unconstructed mind. Marcela utilizes a variety of subject matters from natural formations to everyday objects, to scientific schemes. Her installations encompass a range of art mediums such as paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, photographs, and videos.
Group exhibitions include Ex Nihilo, Chianti, Italy, 2017, Pistoia Contemporary Arts Weekend, Pallazzi d’Arte, Pistoia, Italy, 2016, The VibrArtion Project – Beijing, Form of the Formless, MOCA Beijing, China, 2014, The Inside of the Outside, Proxy Gallery - collaboration project, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2013, Surreal Salom, Batom Rouge Gallery center for Contemporary Art, LA, USA, 2013. Solo exhibition, a descoberta, Helen Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2014. Curatorial projects, Prescience/Points of Connection – Jamie Grace Davis, GRIMMUSEUM gUG, Berlin, Germany, 2018, Ex Nihilo, Chianti, Italy, 2017 Residencies include Fundacion San Sebastian, La Soledad residency, Mexico City, Mexico – Named Scholarship residency, 2014, and Anderson Ranch, Ceramics/Glazes sculpture workshop, Snowmass, CO, USA– Named Scholarship 2014. Received awards from Pepin Moore Gallery, and Women Painters West in Los Angeles in 2012.