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María Gabriela

Chicago, IL, United States

María Burbano (Gaby) is an Ecuadorian artist currently based in Chicago. She believes that the value of an art piece is manifested when the artist and its audience encounter self discovery in it. For the past seven years Burbano has been living abroad, away from her homeland. In this time she has developed a particular sensitivity for the melancholy found in industrial spaces and the humor behind the daily cynical attitude of city-people. In her artwork, she attempts to mirror the insight of coexisting with various incompatible realities. Burbano takes photographs of vacant industrial spaces which she then references to create abstract paintings wherein these spaces are populated with imagined figures and subsequently transformed into futuristic stages for Burbano's cartoonish and sensual figures to interact. María Burbano (Gaby) is an Ecuadorian artist currently based in Chicago. She believes that the value of an art piece is manifested when the artist and its audience encounter self discovery in it. For the past seven years Burbano has been living abroad, away from her homeland. In this time she has developed a particular sensitivity for the melancholy found in industrial spaces and the humor behind the daily cynical attitude of city-people. In her artwork, she attempts to mirror the insight of coexisting with various incompatible realities. Burbano takes photographs of vacant industrial spaces which she then references to create abstract paintings wherein these spaces are populated with imagined figures and subsequently transformed into futuristic stages for Burbano's cartoonish and sensual figures to interact. In May 2017 she obtained her Post-Baccalaureate Degree majoring in Print-media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along her academic studies, she has been active in her own art exhibitions in Switzerland, Ecuador as well as Chicago. She has also worked as a mural artist for the municipality in her homeland Ecuador. María has also a Prior Degree in Design Management, which she obtained in Switzerland at Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences. Currently, she works at Evanston Art Center, collaborates part time as studio assistant for The Industry of the Ordinary at MANA Contemporary and works as Event Manager for Sedgwick Studios.

María's ArtPrize Entries

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