The non-conceptual path
The significant aspect of Gayatri Gamuz’ work is the work in itself. Colour and form are the essential content of her paintings. Her paintings are non-conceptual; they exist in absence of concepts to solve.
In her work the outer form transcends to a dimension where the unnamed is painted and the silence emerges.
Silence and stillness are our essential nature, the nature of the “I am” that is deeper than name and form.
Through stillness I understand the oneness, and inside this process I paint. The ancient traditions constantly refer to this oneness, the ultimate, indivisible reality which manifests itself in all things.
My inspiration stays in between east and west, between the oriental abstraction inspired by the Zen calligraphy and the contemporary western abstraction.
I paint with the patience of the artisan, the silence of the tree, the love of the mother and the calmness of the mountain
Gayatri Gamuz was born in Spain in 1966.
In 1989, while still an art student, she travelled for the first time to India.
In 1992 she started to live and work in India. In the first years she travelled widely and stayed for periods in different places like Dharamshala, Varanasi, Vrindavan, Pushkar, Kerala and Coorg.
In Kerala, she was involved in the art and cultural movement from the 90’s, a period when the contemporary visual art flourished and Kochi started gaining a place in the art map of the world. She played a key role and took part in the vibrant social and cultural discourse of Kerala: Mayalokam art collective, Kashi Art Cafe, the five annual Tree Festivals and in Encounter, 1st contemporary art festival in Kochi.
.She did a Retrospective of her works in a museum ‘Fundacion Antonio Perez’ in Cuenca, Spain and a number of solo exhibitions in Kashi Art Gallery in Kochi. She also did solo shows in Embassy of India, Berlin, in Leon Academy, Istanbul, in Centro Civico, Besos Mar, Barcelona, in Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina, Australia and in other galleries in India and abroad.
She was in group shows in the London Biennale, in RL Fine Arts, New York, in Nehru Centre and the Noble Sage Gallery in London, in the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, in the Kombank Art Hall in Belgrade and in Mojo Gallery and 1×1 Gallery in Dubai. She participated in a number of curated shows in various galleries in India and was presented in the India Art Summit by Espace Gallery, New Delhi.
She was a panellist in Art and Ecology discussion in MPCVA, Mumbai. She participated in the “Maestros de la Figuracion’ course in the University of Navarra, Spain, with the maestro Antonio Perez.
In 2008 Gayatri moved to Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu and started to live together with her family in their organic farm. The new synergy she encountered in her reclusive life close to nature at the foot of the sacred mountain of Arunachala created a pronounced shift in her work. In 2017 her art transited from the figurative to the abstract space of silence