Follow Your Instincts Zone
Gabriel Márquez is an artist and designer living and working in El Paso,TX. At the University of Texas at El Paso, Márquez double-majored in Painting and Graphic Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art (2012). As an artist, Márquez’s work takes on a fluid approach, the artwork he creates is mostly free form.
Márquez’s artwork explores themes of motion and stillness by using progressive contour lines in a pictorial realm that wanders between emptiness and fullness. The artwork although still, creates a continuous illusory vibration with the use of repetitive linear forms and patterns. Known for his intricate line drawings of fantastically surreal beings and dreamscapes, Márquez often works intuitively and allows the markings he creates to bring about the final outcome of the composition’s imagery.
Márquez was born in El Paso, TX to parents from El Paso and Guadalajara, Mexico. Up until 2014, Gabriel had been an active member of the El Paso art community. After returning six years later from Seattle, now a year and a half after his return in 2020 he has kept himself busy creating murals in El Paso for local businesses such as Savage Goods, Mas y Menos, and Gold’s Gym at their Trawood location. Next up, hitting the ground running, Gabriel is part of a new collective art space at the newly restored Casa Ortiz in the heart of the historic Socorro Mission Trail where he shows large canvas paintings and merchandised goods for sale at “Mystic Desert Studio”.
In Seattle, Márquez exhibited in multiple exhibitions with the Center on Contemporary Art, such as the renowned CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon for 5 years in a row, as well as Juan Alonso Studio, True Love Art Gallery, Axis Gallery, Art Exchange, and Shoreline City Hall. In summer 2016, he was a featured artist in the acclaimed “La Cocina” pop-up Latinx art space, organized by non-profit La Sala: A Latinx Artists’ Network, a community partner of Seattle Art Fair, and supported by the Seattle Foundation and 4Culture. Márquez has murals exhibited in Seattle public art such as Seattle’s SODOTRACK supported by 4Culture2018, Seattle Center Mural, SodoMotive Project supported by Revolt TV, and Visit Seattle 2019. Gabriel has also created a mural for Seattle SoundTransit for the construction site of the Federal Way Lightrail Extension 2020.