galería studio cerrillo / san cristóbal, chiapas

Bio/Biografía:

Kiki Suárez

Web: http://www.kikitheartist.com


Nace en Hamburgo, Alemania en 1951. Cinco semestres de estudios en pedagogía y literatura y 12 semestres en psicología clínica en la universidad de Hamburgo. Se recibe como psicóloga clínica y psicoterapeuta rogeriana. Trabaja con ancianos y personas menosválidas y facilitadota de grupos de encuentro. Alumna de OSHO y estudios de las terapias de OSHO: una mezcla de elementos del budismo zen con terapias psicocorporales reichianas.

Llega a México en 1977, se inicia como mamá, empresaria y pintora. Co-fundadora de la escuela del Pequeño Sol en 1983 y estudios de la pedagogía, filosofía y psicología antroposófica de Rodolfo Steiner. Trabaja en la escuela con adolescentes en arte y creatividad. Maestría en terapia guestalt con el instituto INTEGRO de Guadalajara. Retiros de meditación vipassana y aprendizaje del programa de reducción de estrés de Jon Kabat – Zinn de su clínica en Massachussets. Curso en psicología budista (abhidhamma) con Andrew Olendski.


KIKI se dedica al arte y a la psicoterapia, ofrece talleres en trabajo de duelo y semanalmente dos horas en reducción de estrés y practica de meditación vipassana en su estilo personal.

I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, where I studied psychology, education and German literature and received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hamburg in 1977. The same year I traveled to Mexico where my life took the most surprising turn: I got married and became a mother, businesswoman and painter! My artwork includes watercolor, gouache, collage, embroidery, quilting and mixed media. All of my work is inspired by the colorful pieces of Mexican artisans.

The Mexican artist Marisol Fernandez taught me the technique of copper print etchings and since the early eighties thousands of my copper – print etchings and hundreds of original paintings have been sold, mainly in the USA. My work has also been shown in Guatemala, Switzerland, Japan and Russia.

When our children started their own independent lives, my husband went back to his passion for photography and we started traveling. In 2005 and 2006 we traveled to Africa, through the Southwest of the USA and parts of Canada. It was the time of good digital cameras which allow you to easily delete whatever you don´t like of your photographs! This fact seduced me to experiment with a SONY Cybershot camera.

Some photographs lured me to play around with them in Photoshop and some amazing images resulted: digital art! They completely surprised me as they are often abstract and in a very different style from my other paintings. Sometimes I also incorporate my drawings.

For all of 2007 we have been traveling in Africa. It was impossible for me to not photograph the incredible landscapes, wild animals and traditional peoples who we passed by. My husband is a patient teacher and so I keep learning more about photography every day.

Even though I am a painter, I did not know anything about light before taking my first shots with a camera. In my kind of painting I put the light wherever and however I want it. Taking up a camera is a completely different issue. I have had to learn slowly how the camera sees so very differently from the human eye and I keep being amazed at this.

My father used to tell me every day: enjoy this moment, it will go and never return! Later in life I got into Buddhism, which constantly reminds us of impermanence. I really came to understand my father and impermanence when I started photographing landscapes. Sometimes we drive in the car. My husband or I discover beautiful light on a special landscape. We stop the car, take our tripods and cameras out, and rush to the spot which seems to be the best one and when all this is accomplished: the light is gone! You can wait there or return the next day or next year and will never find it exactly the same again. Each moment is unique in between all the moments that will ever be in the universe. You catch it with your consciousness and live it or you have lost it forever! And sometimes you manage to pin the image of one into the sensor of your camera!

Since 1979 we have run a gallery San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. We have shown the artwork of more than 200 artists there, but today we just exhibit our own artwork.


EXHIBITIONS


INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

LA GALERIA, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, MEXICO, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2003

POLYFORUM CULTURAL SIQUEIROS, Mexico - City, MEXICO, 1981

GALERIA EL RECOVECO, Mexico - City, MEXICO, 1983

EL TUMI, Zurich and Bern, SWITZERLAND, 1985

GALERIA AKIL, Mérida, Yucatán, MEXICO, 1987

TALLER DEL PENSATIVO, Antigua, GUATEMALA, 1989

J -1 - GALLERIES, Tokyo, JAPAN, March 1992

THE BROADWAY ARTS BUILDING, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 1996

TURNER ART GALLERY, Denver, Colorado, USA, May 1997

THE GIDDY MOON GALLERY, Taos, New Mexico, September 1998

ARTISTS TO WATCH, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Christmas Shows Nov. /Dec 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990. 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

ART MUSEUM OF IRKUTSK, SIBERIA, June 2002

STUDIO CERRILLO, San Cristobal, June 2003

PASTO, AGUA Y OTROS SERES, Fotografia, La Galeria del Corazon Abierto, San Cristobal, Chiapas, May 2005



COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

THREE ROOMS UP, Edina, Minnesota, USA, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000


TAMARACK HOUSE GALLERY, Stillwater, Minnesota, USA, 1992


LAGUNA GLORIA ART SHOW, Austin, Texas, USA, 1987, 1988, 1989


CASA DE LA CULTURA, Chiapas, MEXICO, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993

WARM, Women's Arts Registry of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
Construyendo una nueva vida para las mujeres, LA GALERIA, San Cristobal, Chiapas, MEXICO, 1993


The World's Women Online
Worldwide Web - CD with Women's Art for the United Nations Women's Conference in Beijing, CHINA, 1995


COLLECTIVAS
"Mi madre y yo", "?Quien soy?", "La Gente de San Cristobal", 1997, 1998 y 1999, en LA GALERIA, San Cristobal de las Casas


CENTRO CULTURAL DE CHIAPAS JAIME SABINES, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, CINCO SIGLOS DE PLÁSTICA EN CHIAPAS, August 2000


ESCAPARTE, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, 2004

PUBLISHED BOOKS:


1. MIS MONSTRUOS, MY MONSTERS, Mexico - City 1980 and San Cristobal de Las Casas 2002 (bilingual version)

2. REVISTA TOPOS, San Cristobal, octubre 1984/febrero 1985

3. MY MONSTERS, Plain View Press, Austin, Texas, 1987

4. MAYA AND THE TOWN WHO LOVED A TREE, Rizzoli Publications International, New York, 1992

5. MY HEAD IS FULL OF COLORS, Hyperion Books, New York, 1994

6. ANNA IN DER HÖHLE, Votum - Verlag, Germany, 1994

7. HAIKU – KISSES, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, 2002

8. HAIKUPOETIK, Hamburger Haikuverlag, Germany, 2005

9. EL SENTIDO DE LA VIDA/ THE MEANING OF LIFE, (bilingual)
Publicaciones Kikimundo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2005

10. EL CAMINO A LA FELICIDAD/THE PATH TO HAPPINESS, (trilingual), Publicaciones Kikimundo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2006

11. THE KIKI COLORING BOOK, Publicaciones Kikimundo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2006

12. LAS DOÑAS DE CHIAPAS/ together with Gayle Walker, Publicaciones Kikimundo, San Cristobal 2006

13. EL MUNDO DE KIKI/KIKI’S WORLD, 25 years of paintings, Publicaciones Kikimundo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2006

14. TEMPEL UND TORTILLAS, Erlebnisse in Laos und Mexiko, Martina Sylvia Khamphasith and Kiki Suarez, Hamburger Haiku Verlag, Hamburg 2007

15. EVERY WOMAN IS A WORLD, Interviews with women from Chiapas, Gayle Walker and Kiki Suarez, University of Texas Press, 2008

The books can be ordered from LA GALERÍA DEL CORAZÓN ABIERTO
Miguel Hidalgo 3A
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS C.P, 29200
CHIAPAS MÉXICO
52/967 674 7273


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