GISELA COLÓN (American b. 1966, Vancouver, Canada, raised 1967, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican-American contemporary artist who has developed a unique sculptural language of Organic Minimalism breathing life-like qualities into reductive forms. Through a vocabulary of anthropomorphic geometries, Colón challenges, deconstructs and expands on a predominantly male-dominated Minimalist canon, creating space for women, Latinx and underrepresented peoples. Her pristine light-activated sculptures are created utilizing innovative 21st century materials such as optical acrylics and high-technology aerospace carbon fiber.
Colón has exhibited internationally throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Standout exhibitions include The Future is Now for the Land Art Biennial, Desert X AlUla (Saudi Arabia, 2020), Forever is Now (Egypt, 2021) presenting a site-specific monument at the Pyramids of Giza, a UNESCO landmark dating back 4,500 years, and Godheads - Idols in Times of Crises (Netherlands 2022). Colón’s work was recently featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA’s) historic survey exhibition Light, Space, Surface: Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2021-2022), and the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (2022). Most recently, Colón opened a solo exhibition, The Feminist Divine, at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2022). Also In 2022, as part of NOOR Riyadh Art, Colón installed a land art project, One Thousand Galaxies of Light (Starfield), an immersive light installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (November 2022).
Gisela Colón’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA; Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Mint Museum, North Carolina, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Grand Rapids Museum of Art (GRAM), Grand Rapids, MI; and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, amongst others.
Colón attended University of Puerto Rico (BA Economics, magna cum laude, 1987) and Southwestern University School of Law (JD 1990). Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California.