Gabriela León (Cuautla, Morelos 1973) is a visual artist and writer. She works in different disciplines creating hybrid projects.
She received a B.F.A from University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico, 1998 and has participated in workshops engaging with various disciplines.
Her work has been shown in solo and select group exhibitions in Mexican and International forums, festivals and art exhibits: 10 Bienal Habana; University of California Santa Cruz and Riverside Galleries; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Arizona), MACO (Museum of Contemporary Art Oaxaca), Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, CFMAB Centro Fotográfico Manuél Álvarez Bravo, Oaxaca; Illuseum Art Space, Amsterdam, among others. She has collaborated on projects with the Performance troupe La Pocha Nostra with Guillermo Gomez-Peña.
The following grants have been awarded for her work as an artist: The Tierney Foundation Fellowship for photography (2010). Twice awarded the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts (FOESCA) Grant (Oaxaca in 2008-2009 and Puebla 1998-1999) and the National Foundation for Culture and Art (2000-2001) for Literature. Her exhibition, Sunday walk to the Zócalo of Oaxaca, received a grant from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC Mexus). Her Project, “Pulchrus Corpus”, was sponsored by the Mexican Institute of Youth (2000).
Working in conjunction with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, the Re-Active Art Lab: La Perrera (founded and directed by Gabriela) received the international grant NALAC mex-us for the project Transbordador Pocha-Perrera.
In 2007 she was artist in residence (performance) in Tucson (MOCA), and in 2005 in Varanasi, India, (Sculpture and Installation) at the Ram Chhatpar Slip Nyas Museum sponsored by Varanasi University.
She was a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts en NYC and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC.
As a writer, she has published two books of poems, which appear in several collections. She is also co-writer of two children books. At present, she is working on her first novel.
She is the founder and director of the Re-Active Art Lab: La Perrera in Oaxaca. La Perrera is an artist project, which functions as a platform, producer, curator, experiment and pedagogy, where “action art” and photography are the focus among diverse disciplines. Many national and international artists have collaborated on projects with La Perrera.
The artist lives and works in Oaxaca, México.