Beatriz Zamora

Beatriz Zamora

Mexico City, Mexico 1935 She lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

In 1967, Beatriz Zamora started her studies in Art History in the Instituto de Cultura Superior, A.C. in 1972 she moved to France to continue her painting studies at L’École des Beaux Art in Paris, France. Years later she moved to New York where she lived from 1979 until 1988.

Since 1978, the more than 4,000 works produced by Beatriz Zamora are all titled the same way: El Negro, followed by a serial number. As the artist has stated, black is nothing but the result of a mental, spiritual work and an absolute necessity to find it, it started with the experimentation of materials initiated in 1963 by using soil. After having explored the use of plain soil on canvas, in 1977 she presented at the Palacio de Bellas Artes a serie titled, "La Tierra", that can be considered an antecedent of ecological awareness as well as point to the fragility of ecosystems of great relevance today.

The search for the absolute and the infinite through her art and throughout her more than fifty-year career, has led her to utilize a monochromatic minimalist palette this becoming a rare example, her own version of minimalism, in Mexico.

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Vista de la instalación

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Installation view

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Vista de la instalación

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Installation view

«Her endless search is reflected in the opposite themes of the common and the sublime: the enigma of the cosmos, the earth, the nothing, the darkness, the truth (...).»

For the artist, arriving to black is the result of a constant search for the idea of the pictorial, which goes beyond the tangible surface of the frame and the canvas. Her endless search is reflected in the opposite themes of the common and the sublime: the enigma of the cosmos, the earth, the nothing, the darkness, the truth (...). Among the materials that she uses are silicon carbide, organic carbon, stone coal, carbon black, graphite, obsidian, among others.

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Vista de la instalación

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Installation view

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Vista de la instalación

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Installation view

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Vista de la instalación

Beatriz Zamora | 2020 | Installation view

Beatriz Zamora

Beatriz Zamora

Beatriz Zamora (1935) | El negro 1019 | 1993 | Mixta sobre tela | Mixed on canvas 210 x 140cm  (82.68 x 55.12inches)

Beatriz Zamora (1935) El negro 1019 1993 Mixta sobre tela | Mixed on canvas 210 x 140cm (82.68 x 55.12inches)

Beatriz Zamora (1935) El negro 3040 2014 Carburo de silicio sobre madera | Silicium carbide on wood  69 x 50cm  (27.17 x 19.69inches)

Beatriz Zamora (1935) El negro 3040 2014 Carburo de silicio sobre madera | Silicium carbide on wood 69 x 50cm (27.17 x 19.69inches)

Beatriz Zamora (1935) El negro 2597 2002 Tecnica mixta sobre tela | Mixed media on canvas 120 x 100cm  (47.24 x 39.37inches)

Beatriz Zamora (1935) El negro 2597 2002 Tecnica mixta sobre tela | Mixed media on canvas 120 x 100cm (47.24 x 39.37inches)

Selected exhibitions include: Beatriz Zamora, LABOR, CDMX, Mexico (2020); Beatriz Zamora, Decidir densidad mineral, Museo Experimental El Eco, CDMX, Mexico (2019); El negro sol de la melancolía, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, CDMX, Mexico (2019); Vestíbulo de la Sala Miguel Covarrubias, Centro Cultural Universitario, UNAM, CDMX, Mexico (2019); El Negro en la Negrura, Museo de la Cancillería, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, CDMX, Mexico (2013); Villa Tamaris Centre d’Art, Paris, France (2009); Homenaje a El Negro, Museo Universitario El Chopo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CDMX, Mexico (2004); Lo Negro del Silencio en el Cosmos, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Plantel Academia de San Carlos, UNAM, CDMX, Mexico (1997); LA TIERRA, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Sala Verde, CDMX, México (1977); Jaspers Gallery, Nueva York, NY, U. S. (1972); Jaspers Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. (1972) and Galería del Instituto Francés de América Latina en México, CDMX, México (1963). Among the prices and recognitions she has received are: the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant in New York, USA in 2002; the Omnilife 99 Grand Prix of the "October Salon" in Guadalajara in 1999; the Single Individual Award from the “National Hall of Plastic Arts” in 1978 and the Legion of Honor Medal from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1977.