"I always love the initial sketch of a piece. Then as I start adding color, things change. I change my mind then subsequently change the colors. Then I change my mind again and find myself editing in ways to get back to the initial drawing. People often ask me how I incorporate such rich textures into my art. The answer is: layers and layers of “bad” decisions that work for the greater good, I suppose"
Gabriela Monterroso is a contemporary figurative artist in Houston, Texas. Working with oils, acrylics, pastels, and natural pigments, her core passion is creating two dimensional figures of women and horses. The two main themes in her work are deeply connected as she explores the insecurities of women and portrays the horse as an alter ego of power and confidence. Her studio practice is a part of Sawyer Yards, in the heart of Art District Houston—one of the biggest visual arts communities in the United States. Guatemalan-born and raised, Monterroso is an active member of her local arts communities and is a founding member of the Latin American Women Artists in Houston (LAWAH) organization.
In college, Gabriela majored in Industrial Psychology and Spanish Interpretation and Translation. She is a continuing education student at the Glassell School of Art at the MFAH.