Ernesto Gutierrez

Fruteras, 2022
Oil on canvas
25.38 x 31.38 in
SKU: 9862g
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Gutierrez’s work is, in part, shaped by his Peruvian roots: pre-Colombian forms and native Peruvian art. The paintings’ subject matter engages traditional themes of Peruvian peasant life. The artist is also influenced by the modern French masters, including Cézanne, Gauguin, and Matisse. He is a brilliant colorist, reflecting the palettes of Gauguin and Matisse and the juxtaposition of contrasting colors of Seurat’s pointillism. Some of his paintings employ a Cubist simplification of forms and volumes.  "Fruteras" demonstrates Gutierrez’s mastery of color as he depicts the bounty of the traditional outdoor fruit market.

Artwork Size: 25 3/8" x 31 3/8"
Frame Size: 31 7/8" x 37 7/8"


Artist Bio:


Born in Lima, Peru, in 1941, Gutierrez is a leading Peruvian artist. His father was a Spaniard and his mother was descended from the Incas. After high school, the artist attended the School of Fine Arts in Lima, earning a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in 1964. He was awarded a gold medal. Sponsored by the Brazilian government, Gutierrez received the Itamarti Scholarship, studying for two years (1966-67) at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. He has exhibited throughout South America: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Cordova, Santiago de Chile, and Lima. In 1971, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Master's in Fine Art in 1974. He currently resides in Wisconsin.

Gutierrez's influences are diverse: pre-Columbian art, native and popular Peruvian art, and modern French masters such as Cezanne, Gauguin, and Matisse. He is a brilliant colorist and simplifies forms and volumes in his work. While he clearly displays modernist influences like Cubism, Gutierrez draws on traditional Peruvian subjects, such as women at a fruit market.