María Gimeno, Zamora-Spain, 1970.
Lives and works in Madrid. Degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since her studies years she has exhibited her work constantly in galleries and museums around the world, her work is already part of important private collections. Gimeno is a multidisciplinary artist who works different media in order to express in a concrete way the concepts that interest her. María Gimeno defines herself as a self-referential feminist. Her work is feminine and feminist, involved with the situation of women in the 21st century and with the commitment to be an artist. She has used her work as a way of personal knowledge and the society in which we live. Through the inner search María Gimeno finds answers and solutions that she uses as a link of communication with society. In her work she has blurred the boundaries of techniques moving between installations, performances, videos and classic techniques such as drawing, embroidery and sculpture.
Having the work of María Gimeno in your collection is to have a sensitive and committed work with the history and reality, eloquent works by themselves that immerse us in the questions of artistic practices made by women and based on the activities of women as the " textile trend "or the "quilting"of critical feminism by Craig Owens and Lacanian theories. Gimeno, like artists like Judy Chicago, Jo Spence, Miriam Schapiro, Jana Sterbak, Suzanne Lacey, Mona Hatoum or Joyce Kozloff generates an art of not segregative but rather aggregative solution and a discourse of the "others" vindicating the rights of the woman and her social status as a postmodernist critique of the models of representation established by patriarchy. From ancient female artists such as Olympia, Calypso, Helen of Egypt, Irene or Marcia, Ende in the convents of the Middle Ages or Hildegard of Bingen in the twelfth century and feminism of the sixties until today, art made by women has denounced the mechanisms of power that function within the cultural framework. Perhaps "Do women have to be naked to exhibit in the Metropolitan?" Asked the feminist activists of “Guerrilla Girls”, who in 1989 papered the streets of New York with the reflection on the museum institution that "less than five percent of the artists in the modern art section -they added- are women, but eighty five percent of the nudes are female." What this poster showed, with the immediacy and conciseness of the advertising language, is one of the most disturbing paradoxes that has presided over the relationship between women and artistic creation in western culture. Gimeno is more than image, more than aesthetic or more than art, Gimeno is denunciation and is action of the woman of the 21st century.