Gisela Insuaste

Artadia Awardee

Gisela Insuaste is an artist, arts administrator, and educator. She explores the intersection of architecture, memory, myth, and topography through paintings and sculptural installations. Using scale, line, texture, and color, she creates fragmented spaces and structures that reflect the fragile yet dynamic relationship between the built and natural environment. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, such as Apex Art Outbound Residency; Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency; Bronx Museum AIM Program; EFA NYC Arts Worker Residency; Laundromat Project Create Change PD Fellowship; Smithsonian LMSP Fellowship; Aljira Emerge10 Fellowship; Illinois Arts Council Artist Grants; and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has participated in various exhibitions and projects in national and local venues: Southern Exposure, SF, CA; Pro Art, Oakland, CA; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; The Franklin, Chicago, IL; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, NY; Bronx Museum of Art, NY; Art in Odd Places: Model 2012, NY; El Taller Boricua, NY; Vox Populi, PA; University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD; John Allcott Gallery, UNC; Satellite Gallery, UTSA; Aljira Art Center, NJ; Cuchifritos Gallery, NY; ABC No Rio, NY; Aicon Gallery, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Lehman College Art Gallery, NY; Praxis Gallery, NY & FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Chicago Cultural Center, IL; and Centro Cultural in Riobamba and Manta, Ecuador. Her work is featured in The Upset: Young Contemporary Art, a resource of international artists working with visual subcultures published by Die Gestalten Verlag. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Anthropology & Studio Art from Dartmouth College. She lives in Oakland, works at the SF Arts Commission, and often travels to New York.