Ernesto Gutierrez

La Familia (The Family), 2008
Oil on jute
60 x 36 in
SKU: 12822g
PurchaseMake an OfferInquire

Gutierrez’s work is, in part, shaped by his Peruvian roots: pre-Colombian forms and native Peruvian art. The paintings’, such as La Familia’s, 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. 


Artwork Size: 60" x 36"
Frame Size: 69" x 45"


Artist Bio:


A leading Peruvian artist, Ernesto Gutierrez, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1941.  His father was a Spaniard and his mother a descendant of the Incas. Upon completion of his high school education, Gutierrez entered the School of Fine Arts in Lima, Peru, where in 1964 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and was awarded a Gold Medal.  Sponsored by the Brazilian government, Gutierrez received the Itamarti Scholarship and studied for two years (1966-67) at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, while extensively exhibiting his works throughout the art centers of South America: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Cordova, Santiago de Chile, Lima, etc.  In 1971, Gutierrez was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the University of Wisconsin where in 1974 he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree. Gutierrez has been influenced by both local artistic factors: Pre-Columbian forms, native-popular Peruvian art, and also by modern French masters, such as Cézanne, Gaugin and, to a certain extent, Matisse.  He is not of the school that needs the art critic to explain pallid lines to uncomprehending viewers.  The boldness of Gutierrez’s colors, shocking pink, chartreuse, mauve hues and the whole gamut of blues, purples and greens – sometimes underlined and emphasized by opposite colors, such as black, maize or even pure white, adds to their dramatic effect, creating almost sensual excitement.  In some of his paintings, Gutierrez assumes a cubist-realist simplification of forms and volumes and a precise rendering of surfaces.  Gutierrez’s sensibility strikes as essentially Spanish while his inspiration derives from his Inca heritage, Peruvian landscapes and folklore.