Teodora Guererra’s abstract artistic vision has evolved throughout her years spent painting and teaching in Fairfield County, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona, and upstate New York. Arizona’s naturally radiant landscape and arid climate led her to experiment with rich under-painting and vivid color; while the shifting seasons of the East Coast inspired Guererra to pursue dripping and staining techniques. Her focus has always been pushing the limits through experimentation with new materials.
“As an artist, painting can be tormenting and sublime at the same time. I'm a big risk taker, experimenting with different materials to layer, stain and saturate color on large canvases. My most successful work achieves a sense of fluid movement with saturated color, that is complex yet minimalistic. The end result should be an abstract painting that dances across the canvas and quiets all the noise.”
Guererra received her undergraduate and graduate Art degrees from Southern Connecticut University, The College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College.
Guererra’s paintings can be found in public and private collections across the U.S., including the Allmen Health and Wellness Center for Women in New York and SUNY Brockport, NY, William & Sonoma, San Francisco, CA.
Her influences are Pat Steir, John McCracken, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Jud, Bernar Venet, Agnes Martin and Brian Rutenberg.
“Sometimes people ask me what I do, because I haven't left the studio for many days. I tell them, "I am an addict," which often raises a few eyebrows. In many ways, though, I truly am addicted; obsessed and driven by the process of creating. I am a risk taker, so my work is often a series of failures until eventually there is a success.......the result is euphoric. I work in a conscious, subconscious state, which can be tormenting and sublime at the same time. I tend to experiment with different materials to layer drip color, and stain the canvas. For me as an artist, my most successful work achieves a sense of fluid movement that is at once complex and minimalistic, bringing the viewer into a paradise.”