Maria A. Guzmán Capron
Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s work combines hand-sewn textiles and paints to fashion bodily forms in an array of patterns and striking colors. The artist’s work addresses material hierarchies in art and fashion—parallel to the power dynamics within class and gender—by contrasting common fibers like cotton with more luxurious ones like silk. Drawing on her own experience of toggling between various cultures and geographies, Capron’s work explores cultural hybridity, pride and the competing desires to assimilate and be seen.
Maria A. Guzmán Capron was born in Milan, Italy in 1981 to Colombian and Peruvian parents, and relocated to Texas as a teenager. The artist received an MFA from California College of the Arts in the Bay Area of California in 2015 and a BFA from the University of Houston in Texas in 2004.
Solo exhibitions of Capron’s work have taken place at: Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, California (2021); Texas State Galleries in San Marcos, Texas (2021); Premier Junior in San Francisco, California (2020); Roll Up Project in Oakland, California (2020); and Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, California (2018).
Group exhibitions of Capron’s work have taken place at: the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California (2022); Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California (2022); Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, California (2021); pt.2 Gallery in Oakland, California (2021 and 2020); NIAD Art Center in Richmond, California (2020); CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions in San Francisco, California (2019); Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, New York (2019); Deli Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2018); and Mana Contemporary in Chicago, Illinois (2018).
Capron’s work has been covered in Hyperallergic, Variable West, Bomb Magazine, Elephant and Art in America.
Capron lives and works in Oakland, California.