Renowned Abstract Artist Guadulesa Rivera: Advice to Artists and Writers

Guadulesa Rivera; Matrix 5-Tones of Resonance

A new leader of the rapidly growing ranks of female abstract artists in Southern California, the award winning fine artist Guadulesa has launched her new website this week, dedicated to her fans and showcasing her award winning art.

Guadulesa has become known for abstract or loosely figurative works of art, which reflect spontaneity, strong rhythm, texture, and color blends. The visual artist is a Boston native and former resident of the Piano Factory. After studying, she began her art career in Los Angeles, California, where she began to exhibit her work and painted sets for the theatre, television and the film industry. Exhibitions at Ligoa Duncan Gallery in New York City led to her work being sent to Paris in 1981, where she won the prestigious Le Prix de Peinture du Centenaire de Raymond Duncan at L’Academie des Duncan.


Guadulesa’s work is also included in the Massachusetts collections of the Black Indian Inn, the Harriet Tubman Gallery, and The Cambridge Lawyers Guild. Further of her works are also be found in private collections throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and St. Croix, as well as Israel and Spain. From 1986 through 2003, Guadulesa was an active member of the arts community in Boston, where she headed arts programming at United South End Settlements. She is excited about expanding her work to the public with her new site, which is created to engage the viewers in her work, along with regular updates of her projects on the sites blog.

In 1991, Guadulesa received a Drylongso Award from Community Change, Inc., and in 1992, Guadulesa was the recipient of an Individual Project Grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was appointed to the Boston Cultural Council by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and served in that capacity for six years.

Techniques of the Artist

Guadulesa states regarding her work that, “Each piece reveals my ability, or lack of, to achieve the intention of harmonious resolution in my life and work, clarity and peace, an integration of light and dark energies.” She further states that “I work from a very wet, acrylic or mixed medium palette, sometimes allowing the paint to blend and marble into organic forms. I work the canvas horizontally. I may use reflective and iridescent materials, mirrors or collaged items that grab light and surprise the viewer, as one walks by a piece.” She adds, “I am more interested in spatial relationships, developed with color, line, balance and texture than in representational form.”

Matrix 5; Tones of Resonance

The art book Matrix 5: Tones of Resonance, about Ms. Rivera’s study and meditation with the 5 tones used in ancient Cherokee (Tsalagi) Healing Practices, includes images of paintings created through an innovative manipulation of the intersection of these healing sounds and the painting process. The project is scheduled for release in November.

Interview with Guadulesa Rivera

Guadulesa Rivera: There are questions they should address; Why is the artist writing a book? This is pertinent especially if this is a new medium for him or her. What does the writer want to express? Who does the writer want to reach with the book? What should the reader experience while reading the book? What will be the final impression on the reader? After deciding to write the book, realize that time has to be carved out of the usual busy day. Isolation may be necessary. The writer should be entertained, when reading her or his own work. Seek the advice of published writers for logistics.

Guadulesa Rivera: Time is the greatest challenge. I will soon share a partial manuscript with the public. I am participating in the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour in Northeast Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24th, 2013. They will have the opportunity to order a book and see Matrix 5 paintings and photo books on exhibit. I have a 2014 Matrix 5 Calendar for sale. Paintings will also be offered for sale.

View the artists work up close and in person at the Arroyo Art Walk on Sunday, November 24th. For more information on the art walk visit: