Graciela Garza was no ordinary child. Wildly imaginative and creative, she preferred paintbrushes over dolls. Born into a family of female artists, she learned how to paint in the studio of her paternal grandmother, who was her very first teacher. In the early stages of her career, she adopted a traditional figurative style, focusing on realistic portraits and religious subjects. The chromatic intensity of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art inspired her vibrant, colorful palette, transmitting vitality and joy. As she delved deeper into her own identity, abstraction became a more suitable vehicle of expression. She transitioned to softer, more subdued tones, favoring whites, beiges, browns, chocolates, taupe, black, and greys. Impressive in size, yet minimal in their composition, her paintings reveal her basic human emotions, conveying a sense of joy, sadness, ecstasy, or peace. Juxtaposed veils of acrylic, ink, and oil paints are pierced by streaks of gold or silver leaves or simply melt away into hazy desert-like landscapes. Her art possesses a meditative, dreamy quality inviting the viewer into a journey of self-exploration.
Garza was raised in Saltillo, Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. She trained under renowned local painters, including her aunts, Astrid Naranjo and Sylvia Naranjo, and completed several workshops in New York, Florida, and Dallas. She has successfully exhibited her work in her home country and the United States and was published in Architectural Digest México. She collaborates with many charitable organizations, with the belief that art can enrich the lives of those who are in need.