Maria Guzmán Capron

b. Milan, Italy

Maria Guzmán Capron’s assemblages, sculptures and installations are reflections on indefinable physicality. Her shapes and textures are multimedia amalgamations of mass-produced and handmade patterns, creating a liminal abstracted body that renegotiates the boundaries of masculine and feminine form. Capron addresses the social and political nuances of being a woman, a person of color, and an immigrant, through loud, clashing, and overtly kitsch materials, fluid forms, and installations that demand space and recognition. Assemblage of flaccid and voluptuous parts embody the complexity of conflicting identities, utilizing harlequin approaches to material and form with embellished and painted patterns, embroidery or small ceramic objects inspired by pop culture and the layers of history found in thrift store bric-a-brac.

Capron has exhibited at City Limits (Oakland, CA); Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA); N.B.D. Projects (San Francisco, CA); and Capital (Chicago, IL). She was the recipient of the Graduate Painting Fellowship at California College of the Arts and has been featured in Art in America. She was Artist in Residence at Diverseworks (Houston, TX) in 2008 and has lectured at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, TX). Guzmán Capron lives and works in Oakland at CTRL + SHFT, a studio collective she co-founded in 2015.

Solo Exhibitions
2015
She Bop, City Limits, Oakland, CA

2009
Alejandra, The Joanna, Houston, TX

2008
Somewhere Familiar, COM Art Gallery, Texas City, TX
Moving In, Grace R Cavnar Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
Landfill/Bedrock, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
After Pop Life, curated by Glen Helfand, Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
Mall Rats, 100% Gallery at Et al etc., San Francisco, CA
Art Book Show, Bass & Reiner, San Francisco, CA
Constructed, instead?, curated by Marcela Pardo Ariza, Residence/SF, San Francisco, CA
Welcome to The Left Coast, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SpringSummer, curated by Thomas Moller and Matt Bernstein, The Battery, San Francisco, CA
Soft Serve, CTRL+SHFT, Oakland, CA

2015
Gatherings and Conversations, Mini Mansion, San Francisco, CA
Bitch, Please, curated by Jenny Sharaf, N.B.D. Projects, San Francisco, CA

2014
Horny Magic, Gallery 1, San Francisco, CA
Look into my Eyes, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA
Summer House, Lavelle Cabin, Lagunitas, CA
Angry Wallflower, Heron Arts Center, San Francisco, CA

2012
24HRS/25Days, Capital, Chicago, IL

2010
Texas Cae en un Trozo de Tela, Museo de Arte Moderno, Trujillo, Peru
Dis, Dat, Deez, Doz, Deux, The Joannex, Houston, TX
18 For The Money, LoneStar Studios, San Antonio, TX

Education
2015, Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2004, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Houston, Houston, TX