About the Artist
Born in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico in 1958, M.Guadalupe grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, a chicana from El Monte, California, her Mexican husband and their brood moved to Los Angeles, in 1962. Marmolejo’s aesthetic is a blend of summers in Mexico and life in Southern California. While attending Cal Arts in Valencia, California and Los Angeles Valley College she studied with April Greiman, Jayme Odgers, and Los Angeles based artist, Judith von Euer. She was also a part-time staffer at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art while attending college. Marmolejo has also studied printmaking and mixed media at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, in San Antonio, Texas, where she currently resides.
Her medium is photography and video. She also has printmaking in her skill set, which she highlighted in the work titled “Medio Kilo - Hecho a Mano” a 21 piece suite that includes relief prints collaged onto antique photogravures. She incorporates her familiarity of television commercials to create works that speak to her photos and to planet sustainability in her work titled “Love You, Bye” which uses images of beach trash and our throwaway culture.
The path M. Guadalupe has taken has been from paste-up artist in the early 1980s, to art director, to award-winning creative director and now to visual artist. Her successful career in the U.S. Hispanic Advertising community is a noted one. Awards, including a Clio, a Belding, and multiple Addys, for her work have graced the halls of all the agencies on her resume, from the long advertising tradition of J. Walter Thompson to the hugely successful Houston-based shop of Lopez Negrete Communications. In late 2007 she left her position as founder and creative head of Pozo Digital, an online Hispanic stock photo agency.
Marmolejo’s artistic efforts are dedicated to creating a body of work that encompasses her keen eye, digital aptitude, studio skills and strong conceptual thinking. M. Guadalupe Marmolejo’s longstanding graphic sensibilities, :30 sec commercial work, Mexican heritage and Humanist ethics figure strongly in the aesthetic and themes of her work.