Claudia Robles-Gil is an emerging artist originally from Mexico City. Growing up between Mexico & the US led her to draw artistic inspiration from her time in both countries. During her years in Boston, she attended MassArt Studio classes and earn two honorable mentions in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Claudia received her B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2018. While at Tufts, Claudia attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) & presented her work in several exhibitions and literary magazines based in Mexico City, Boston, and Munich, Germany. Most recently, her work was exhibited at Visionary Art Collective, Boston City Hall, and Kathryn Schulz Gallery in Cambridge, MA. In 2021, Claudia moved to NYC, where she is presently based. She continues her art training at the Art Students League of New York.
My artwork is best described as vibrant, colorful and a celebration of the natural world. I know, at heart, that being intuitively attuned to color and the grasp of nature on me is due to the impact that Mexico has made on me, as Mexico is a country bursting with color and deeply interconnected with Mother Earth. My paintings are rooted in this heritage, and often incorporate natural elements native to Mexico – like ‘cempasúchil’ flowers and tropical fruits – as well as human bodies in interaction with these natural elements. The inclusion of the female figure in my paintings represents my fascination with the feminine, with psychology and the human spirit, and the manifestation of different states of mind through our interplay with nature. I am simultaneously captivated by the ability to capture the essence of the mind and soul, as well as by the technical challenge of replicating the human figure and skin through paint. I hope through my art to continue using my imagination to explore my internal world and experiences, as well as increase viewers’ appreciation for the natural world and the awareness that we are as much part of it as it is part of us.
Altar de Muertos (Altar of the Dead), 2020
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
El Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant Mexican tradition that—unlike its name would suggest—represents a celebration of life. It’s the day we remember our loved ones, not through a lens of absence—but through one of color, abundance, and joy. Today, our loved ones are no longer a fading echo, but they are alive and present. They are the vibrant, blooming cempazuchitl flowers; they are the juicy, sweet papayas on the altar; they are the flame in the candles, flickering and dancing… They are life, color, splendor, warmth, music, light, and love.
Through this painting, I explore Spinoza’s philosophy that ‘God is everything and everything is God’. In Spinoza’s view, God isn’t found through the endless rituals of organized religion, but rather in the beauty of the world around us – the majestic mountains, the rush of the ocean, the vibrance of flowers, the sky and moon and the brilliant stars. God is not a distant and untouchable, intimidating force, but it’s evident all around us – in nature, in animals, in the stars – and in ourselves.
El Dios de Spinoza (Spinoza’s God), 2022
Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
Coctel de Mujer y Frutas (Fruit & Women Cocktail), 2020
Oil on Canvas, 62 x 58 inches
Coctel de Mujer y Frutas (Fruit & Women Cocktail) places the female body suspended and in interaction with a collection of floating tropical fruits. My intention was to experiment with and highlight the corporal, visceral nature of fruit and play with the idea of the female body as an intuitive, symbiotic extension of this natural cocktail.
‘Daydream’ explores the spontaneous nature of daydreams, how we spend much of our time with our vision clouded by our mental projections of the past and the future. This mind-wandering can cloud our ability to enjoy the beauty of the present moment, but it also spurs inspiration of a rich, colorful, dreamy inner world that we can let others into as we choose.
Oil & gold leaf on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Oysters have always drawn me artistically: I love exploring their contrasting textures and colors through paint, and find them fascinating as organisms. It’s hard to grasp that something with such a tough, rock-like exterior is alive. I have enjoyed experimenting with different materials and techniques to recreate and accentuate their varied textures – their gooey, slimy interiors, the shine of the black membranes and perfectly parallel lines of the mantle, and the jagged and textured corners of their shells.
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