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Guatemalan born and raised, Gabriela is a multidisciplinary figurative artist living and working in Houston with a continuing studio practice since 2012. She is an active member of Houston’s artistic community, founding member of Latin American Women’s artist in Houston (LAWAH) and founder and owner of Monterroso Gallery; a gallery project started in 2020 with the mission of showcasing emerging artists.

Monterroso’s professional background is Organizational Psychology and Spanish Translation. She is a painting Major from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and her studio practice is a part of Sawyer Yards, in the heart of Art District Houston

Gabriela's work focuses in creating figures of women and horses. The two main themes in her work are deeply connected as she explores the power of femininity and portrays the horse as an alter ego of power and confidence.

"My figures are intended to resemble icons,  with colors  and textures that bring me back to my younger years within Guatemala’s folklore. Earthy and deep tones that remind of dyed textiles, the smell of incense, church icons, clay vases and broken sculptures."  

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