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Beatriz Ledesma - Biography

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Beatriz Ledesma is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a painter, educator, and psychotherapist who was drawn to painting and drawing in her teen years.

Her work is filled with the surreal colorful language of Latin America culture and folklore, dream imagery, myths, and rituals all of which fed her curiosity and imagination. At home the symbolic language was identified as manifestations of human creative spiritual energy. Her childhood "vivencias"(psychology source of all experiences), and her mystical and spiritual beliefs combined with the seminal ideas of psychoanalysis as well as her avid interest in music, dance, and words, set the stage of her artwork.

Her alignment to surrealist concepts has increased her intuitive and nonlinear thinking, and her meditation practice allows her to reflect on a concept, an image, or an idea for long periods of time; the images gathered from such a period of incubation becomes the fertile ground for her paintings. The viewer is challenged to develop a contemplative dialogue with the painting and be absorbed by its colors, images, and light; and in that viewing the painting may evoke a feeling, an emotion, or a memory.

Ledesma's work has been shown at cultural art centers, galleries and museums locally, nationally, and internationally. Few examples are: Chicago Cultural Center, Lipa Gallery (Chicago), Beacon Street Gallery (Chicago), Dittmar Memorial Gallery (Evanston), 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago), Women Made Gallery (Chicago); Indianapolis Art Center (IN), Museo Latino (Omaha, NE), Paterson Museum (NJ), Latino Art Museum (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (CO), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC); Centro Cultural La Recoleta (BA, Argentina), Gallery 79 (Brazil), Centro Colombo Americano (Colombia), Edna Manley College (Jamaica), Moderne et Contemporaine Gallerie (France), Mestizo Gallery (Mexico).

Her work also has been featured in numerous publications such as the IMPpress Magazine for Poetry & Art (2011), Quintessential Barrington Magazine (2011), Chicago Reader (2010), Dubois Frontier Newspaper (2010), American Art Collector (2008), ArtBeat Chicago-Channel 11 (2005) to name just a few.

Beatriz's work has received financial support from several art institutions and foundations like the Illinois Arts Council, The Cove Foundation, Fairfield Savings & Loan, Evanston Art Center, The Chicago Office of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute, and Chicago Community Trust Funds.

Beatriz obtained a masters degree in fine arts and in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1988). Her interest in the practical applications of psychoanalysis & art for healing motivated to obtained a doctoral degree (2009) focusing on the use of art-making in clinical treatment of adults. She obtained additional art training from Helen Oh (traditional oil painting), from Carol Dolan (egg tempera painting), and printmaking under the guidance of Audrey Niffenegger.

Ledesma maintains an art practice at the Chicago Fine Arts Building where her studio is located.