Art Cozumel Niurka Guzmán Otañez

Cozumel Artists Affected by Pandemic: Niurka Guzmán Otañez

In March of 2020, the world as we know it changed. As with many occupations, the results were economically devastating for artists. I am asking the artists of Cozumel to write a little something about how they have dealt with the crisis and to share some photos of their new work. Their stories will be shared with everyone, one at a time, over the next couple months. If you have been contemplating purchasing someone’s art, now would be a great time to do so.

Hope you enjoy the stories,

Greg Dietrich – Owner – Galeria Azul

 

 Niurka Guzmán Otañez

Photo Courtesy of Niurka Guzmán Otañez

I am Niurka Guzmán Otañez, a professional visual artist. I hold a master’s degree in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I arrived to Cozumel over seven years ago from the State of Morelos in Central Mexico.  At present I have a studio for artistic production with my partner, who is also an artist with a long career in the profession.

 

Without a doubt, the pandemic has been a great blow to our economy and our way of life.  We went from the dynamic of exhibitions, live art activities where we showed our art with the possibility of selling, we imparted workshops to the local community and to visiting tourists. The quarantine cancelled our art exhibitions and physical art dissemination.  In a sector that had already been affected by the crisis, “isolation slows down and makes sales even more difficult.  We the artists, in general, live in uncertainty. This is a profession that does not have any kind of social security; the vast majority do not have health insurance, nor a cultural structure that supports and recognizes the work of the artist as a fundamental piece for the construction of the artistic and cultural legacy of a nation. In this sense it is important to support and recognize the work of the artist by consuming original art, made with so much love, dedication and devotion.

 

To face the economic pressure, we prepared a virtual gallery on our Facebook page Galo Art Studio where we offer original artworks and serialized prints from $400 Mexican pesos onwards, in order to provide a financial relief and and cover the necessary expenses to keep our art space running.  For those who want to support the survival of our creative space and are not currently in Cozumel , we have the express shipping option via FEDEX, DHL or UPS.

 

Thanks to social media I have been able to continue with the dissemination, promotion and sale of my art, in addition to the Facebook page of the studio, I have a personal page exclusively exhibiting my art: https://www.facebook.com/niurkaguzmanotanez.  I invite you to visit both pages. You will surely find a beautiful piece of art that fits your budget. Likewise, I offer the painting by commission services. I can create your dream piece of art, landscapes, portraits, murals, different styles of contemporary art.

 

Quarantine has also been an opportunity for me to focus on production, to rethink and reaffirm my personal and professional goals.  These have been months of great creativity, imagination and artistic productivity.

 

Besides the production of my art, another activity that fascinates me is teaching.  I have been teaching drawing, painting, engraving and artistic techniques for over 20 years.  I love sharing my knowledge, learning in learning in the process by feedback from my students.  For me it is a privilege to guide, inspire, facilitate and accompany the creative process of each person who participates in my courses.  With the pandemic I adapted new ways of giving classes and workshops through different online platforms. Clearly this change has meant a greater scope of participants which would be impossible on a face-to-face basis.  In these online painting classes I have had several students participating from the United States, Colombia, Dominican Republic and different cities in Mexico. So the saying goes: every crisis is an opportunity to grow and evolve.

Photo Courtesy of Niurka Guzmán Otañez

 

Thank you very much Greg Dietrich for this space to share my art and experience during these pandemic months; thank you very much Cozumel4you for spreading the artists’ voice and feelings and being a supportive platform for the dispersion of art.

I extend the warmest invitation to visit my social networks. I will be happy to receive and answer your messages.  You can also visit me at Atelier studio-gallery in downtown Cozumel, four blocks away from the municipal farmers’ market.

Galo Art Studio: Gral. Felipe Angeles #280 between Rosado Salas, Calle 3 Sur y, Adolfo López Mateos, 77667 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R.

https://www.facebook.com/niurkaguzmanotanez / niurkaguzman@yahoo.com   https://www.instagram.com/niurkaguzman/ whatsapp 9871037176

https://www.facebook.com/galoartstudio/

Supporting and spreading art, selflessly enriches the Soul and uplifts the Spirit – Elin Lugue

 

Artistas de Cozumel afectados por la pandemia: Niurka Guzmán Otañez

El mundo tal y como lo conocemos cambio en Marzo 2020. Al igual que sucedió con muchas otras labores, los resultados fueron económicamente devastadores para los artistas. Pedí a los artistas que escribieran algo sobre cómo han enfrentado la crisis, y que compartieran algunas de las fotografías de sus nuevas obras. Durante los próximos dos meses, compartirán sus historias con ustedes, una a la vez. Si está considerando adquirir alguna pieza de arte de algún artista, ahora es el mejor momento para hacerlo

Espero que disfruten las historias.

Greg Dietrich- Propietario – Galería Azul

Artistas de Cozumel afectados por la pandemia: Niurka Guzmán Ordoñez

Soy Niurka Guzmán Otañez, artista visual profesional, tengo una maestría en Artes Visuales por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hace más de siete años llegue a Cozumel desde el Estado de Morelos en el Centro de México.  En la actualidad tengo un estudio de

Photo Courtesy of Niurka Guzmán Otañez

producción artística junto a mi pareja, quién también es artista con una larga trayectoria en la profesión.

 

La Pandemia sin dudarlo ha sido un gran golpe a nuestra economía y forma de vida.  Pasamos del dinamismo de las exposiciones, las actividades de arte en vivo en las cuales mostrábamos nuestro arte con la posibilidad de ventas, impartíamos talleres a la comunidad local y a los turistas visitantes… Con la Cuarentena se cancelaron nuestros eventos de exhibición y difusión física de nuestro arte.  En un sector que ya viene afectado por la crisis, “el aislamiento frena y dificulta aún más las ventas.  Los artistas en general vivimos en la incertidumbre es una profesión que no cuenta con ningún tipo de seguridad social, la gran mayoría no contamos con seguro médico, ni con una estructura cultural en la cual se apoye y reconozca  la labor del artista como pieza fundamental para la construcción del legado artístico y cultural de una nación.  En este sentido es importante apoyar y reconocer la labor del artista consumiendo arte original, realizado con tanto amor, dedicación y entrega.

 

Para hacerle frente a la presión económica preparamos una galería virtual en nuestra página de Facebook Galo Art Studio en la que estamos ofreciendo obras de arte originales y estampas seriadas desde $400 pesos Mexicanos en adelante; con el objetivo de aportar un alivio financiero y cubrir los gastos necesarios para mantener nuestro espacio de Arte funcionando.  Tenemos la opción de envío inmediato vía FEDEX, DHL o UPS, para aquellas personas que desean apoyar para la supervivencia de nuestro espacio creativo que no se encuentran en estos momentos en Cozumel.

 

Gracias a las redes sociales he podido continuar con la difusión, promoción y venta de mi arte, ademas de la pagina en Facebook del estudio, tengo mi pagina personal en la que exhibo solo mi arte: https://www.facebook.com/niurkaguzmanotanez.  Los invito a visitar ambas páginas, seguro encontrarás una hermosa pieza de arte que se ajuste a tu presupuesto o también ofrezco los servicios de Pintura por comisión, te puedo crear tu pieza de arte soñada, paisajes, retratos, murales, diferentes estilos de  arte contemporáneo.

 

La Cuarentena también ha sido una oportunidad para enfocarme en la producción, en replantearme y reafirmar mis metas personales y profesionales.  Han sido meses de una gran creatividad, imaginación y productividad artística.

 

Además de la producción de mi arte otra actividad que me fascina es la enseñanza.  Soy maestra de Dibujo, Pintura, Grabado y técnicas artísticas desde hace más de 20 años.  Amo compartir mis conocimientos, aprender en el proceso de retroalimentación con mis estudiantes.  Para mi es un privilegio guiar, inspirar, facilitar y acompañar en el proceso creativo de cada persona que participa en mis cursos.  Con la Pandemia me tuve que adaptar a nuevas formas de impartir las clases y talleres con diferentes plataformas en líneas, por supuesto este cambio ha significado un mayor alcance de participantes que sería imposible de manera presencial.  En esta modalidad de Clases de Pintura Online he tenido varios alumnos participando desde Estados Unidos, Colombia, República Dominicana y de diferentes ciudades de México, así que tal como dice el dice cada crisis es una oportunidad para crecer y evolucionar.

Photo Courtesy of Niurka Guzmán Otañez

Muchas gracias Greg Dietrich por este espacio para compartir mi arte y experiencia durante estos meses Pandemicos, muchas gracias a Cozumel4you por difundir la voz y el sentir de los artistas y ser una plataforma de apoyo para la difusión del Arte.

La más cordial invitación a visitar mis redes sociales, estaré encantada de recibir y responder sus mensajes.  También pueden visitarme a mi Atelier estudio-galería en el Centro de Cozumel a cuatro cuadras más arriba del Mercado Municipal.

Galo Art Studio: Gral. Felipe Angeles #280 Entre Rosado Salas, Calle 3 Sur y, Adolfo López Mateos, 77667 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R.

https://www.facebook.com/niurkaguzmanotanez  / niurkaguzman@yahoo.com https://www.instagram.com/niurkaguzman/ whatsapp 9871037176

https://www.facebook.com/galoartstudio/

“Apoyar y difundir el arte desinteresadamente enriquece el Alma y Enaltece el espíritu” Elin Lugue

 

Greg Dietrich

Greg first came to Cozumel in 1988 to scuba dive and enjoy the beaches of the east side of the island. He immediately fell in love with the island and its people. His dive master convinced him he should look into buying a house here… turns out his other job was as a real estate agent. Long story short, he bought a house here on that very first visit. Greg came back to Cozumel at least twice a year for the next 10 years.

In the spring of 1998, Greg had a successful glassblowing related business in Seattle Washington, the city that is known as the glass art center in the United States. In March, on the first night of his much needed vacation in Cozumel, he met Liliana Macotela. This encounter changed everything.

By the end of that year, he had sold his business, packed up his engraving machine, and moved here to the island. He opened his working studio/gallery, called Galeria Azul, in the downstairs of his home. He is still there to this day engraving and painting, and in general, enjoying his life here with his wife, Liliana.
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1 Comment
  1. Myrna 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for taking the inicitaive to inform about the arts in Cozumel. There is an inmense amount of art and creativity in the Island, often overlooked and underestimated. The artistic community in Cozumel is diverse and unique.
    The impact of the pandemis, while threatening, has opened the doors to more creative ways of producing and promoting art. This is a great moment in time to explore our creativity and take advantage of online courses that serve as a constructive way to pass our time, calm our soul and enhance our spirit.
    I have taken several onine workshops with the artist Niurka Guzman Otañez. They are affordable, fun, educational and very enlightening. Highly reccommended!
    Art is a way of telling a story. Don’t miss the opportunity to tell yours!
    Your support to the artists of Cozumel, be it by purchasing their work or by participating in their workshops will ensure the survival of an important part of our cultural legacy.

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