Foto: Pedro Wazzan, 2019

Gabriela Gamboa is a visual artist working with a broad range of media, including photography, video and performance, sound and printmaking.

Though she was born in Pittsburgh she has spent the better part of her life in Venezuela.
Her work draws strongly on current affairs and the effect of disruptive political agendas resulting in displacements and upheaval, of which she speaks from the heart.

After three years at Universidad Central de Venezuela studying Biology, she went on to obtain her Bachelor Degree of Art and Design at the University of Chicago.

Gabriela worked as a still photographer in the film industry for many years and considers this experience the cornerstone of her strong belief in collaborative and participatory artistic work.

In the early nineties she co-founded the experimental multimedia group Polyburo, and participated in the sound collective Musikautomatika, developing performances deeply rooted in the physicality of communication and the politics of language, using the interrelation between multiple media as it refers to current affairs.

In 1992 Gamboa participated in the creation of the video department for the nascent Instituto Superior de Artes Armando Reverón in Venezuela, where she began a teaching career that continues to the present.

She has been a guest lecturer in many universities, most recently at Rice University in Houston, The International Center of Photography in New York, Maryland Institute College of Art and Cerquone Porject in Madrid.

She was the recipient of the Juan Lovera Prize 2002 at the prestigious Michelena Bienal in Valencia.

Gabriela Gamboa also has a Masters of Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.



Graphic Design, Instituto de Diseño, Caracas, Venezuela
Art and Design, University of Chicago, Bachelor of Art and Design
Master of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Photography and Film workshops
Eugene Ionesco
Christian Belpaire
Antoni Muntadas
Nelson Garrido
Ricardo Armas
Luis González Palma

Solo shows

2017      Process of Extinction, MS17 Art Project, New London, CT
2014      Inertia, La Caja, Caracas, Venezuela
2012      Dis/Placements, Expressions Gallery, New London, CT
2010      Sounding board, Galeria 39, El Hatillo, Venezuela
2010      Expressiones Gallery, New London Conn
2001      Another pretty face, Ateneo de Caracas
1999      Devotions, Ecopermformia, Caracas
1995      Silentium, Alianza Francesa de Barquisimeto
1980      Ephemeral, degradable installation, Chicago

Group Shows

2019        Another Beautiful Day in Miami, Swenson Gallery, Miami

Crónicas Migrantes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Perú

2018        Untitled Environment, Miami Institute Of Photography

2018        Mark, Scratch, Stroke, Capture: and act of defiance in four parts, Fort Point Art Gallery,                             Boston.

2017         Caracas Intervenida, La Hacienda, Parque Cultural La Trinidad, Caracas.

2016        Año_Uno, Verdi_Verd, Barcelona, Spain
2015        Electroestática Ambiental, Centro Cultural BOD, Caracas.
2015        Silenced Files, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, U.S.A.
2015        Trópico,  Oficina No. 1,  Venezuela.
2015        Feelers, Boston Center for the Arts, U.S.A.
2014        Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, USA
2013        4 + 4, Galeria 39, Caracas
2011         ARTEACHORROS, Caracas.
2011         Woman’s World: Global Images, Connecticut
2010        LNVA, University of Connecticut

2010        Bienal Internacional, Merida, Venezuela
2004       Barro de America, Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Maracaibo
2001        Retrospective Video Art in Venezuela, Contemporary Art Museum Caracas
2001        60 Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia
2000       Video/habitats, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas
2000       58 Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia
1998        13 Women in Latin American Art, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile, Santiago.
1998        23 Salón Arte de Aragua, La Ganadera, Maracay
1998        56 Salón Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
1997        55 Arturo Michelena Visual Art Salon, Valencia, Venezuela
1997        ECOPERFORMIA, Caño Amarillo, Caracas
1997        A Frame for the Earth, Moderno Art Museum, Maracaibo
1996        VIII Eugenio Mendoza Biennale, Sala Mendoza, Caracas
1996        VIARTE, Catholic University, Caracas
1995        Time, Galería Ars Forum, Caracas
1994        Video Today, Sala Mendoza, Caracas
1993         IV Young Photography Salon, Caracas
1992         I Visual Art Salon, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas
1991         Salón Fundarte, Caracas
1990        III Oriental Bienalle, Cumaná, Venezuela
1990        I National Visual Arts Biennale, Mérida

Multimedia Installations/ Collective Performances
1993          Utsiegaiane Electronic Cabaret, Caracas
1992          Water, Espacio Balzac, Caracas and Valencia
1992          Mudwoman, Science Museum, Caracas
1991           There will come soft rains, Videoescultura 91, Caracas, Valencia.
1990          Galileo, Caracas

Solo Performances
2001         Writing on the wall, Caracas.
1997          Devotionary II, Ecoperformia, Caracas
1996          Devotionary I

Teaching and lectures

2018          On Silence, Communication and Technology Lecture, Rice University, Houston

2018          Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

2018           Speaker, International Center for Photography, New York

2016           Guest speaker, Brandeis University Fine Arts
2011/15     Teacher at CIEF VE and FotoArte, Caracas.
2010-pr     Guest speaker Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
2008-pr     Video Art in Architecture, with Gary Hill, Universidad Central de Venezuela
1996-pr      Sala Mendoza, Nuevos Medios y el Arte
1992-pr      Curriculum design, New Media and Video, Instituto de Arte Armando Reveron, Caracas
1992/99     Professor Video Art, Instituto Armando Reveron, Caracas

2011            Artist Grant, Residency Vermont Studio Center
2001           Salón Michelena Second Prize, Valencia
1985           Best Photography, Premio del Consejo Municipal de Caracas.

Research Projects
2012-1994 0 De la Autoconstrucción a las Comunidades Cerradas with Antoni Muntadas
1992-1994Instituto Armando Reverón – research and design for the creation of Mixed Media and
1992-1994 0 Alternative Media curriculum and laboratories for the Bachelor of Art Diploma.
1993-1994 0 FUNDARTE grants -Paisajes Sonoros/Sound Landscapes –w/Stefano Gramitto

25% Still Life
25% RayaPuntoRaya
21 Venezuelan Women Photographers , Maria Teresa Boulton
Photography in Venezuela, Juan Carlos Palenzuela

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile
Galeria de Arte Nacional de Venezuela
Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela
Colección Embajada de los Países Bajos
Colección Banco Exterior, Caracas, Venezuela
Colección David Zune