Gilda Garza, an artist from Mexico, is a living example of how beauty can sometimes be found in the darkest of places. We have all experienced heartache at some point in our lives, whether that be from a tragic break-up, a crushed dream, or the loss of a friend. Growing up, pain was no stranger to Gilda Garza. The artist lived in one of the most dangerous parts of Mexico, where she was surrounded by war and experienced losing a loved one to kidnapping. Having gone through such a hard time, she began to pour her emotions into her paintings. She believes that her best work comes from pain and suffering, which then turns into inspiration and creativity.
Garza’s artistic talent runs in the family. Both her Grandmother and mother had painted, which helped her discover her skill at a young age. These women, along with other strong and elegant women, are who inspires her artwork every day. She admires how their intelligence, beauty, and open hearts allow them to have the world at their fingertips. With every stroke of the paint brush, Garza hopes to emit their radiance onto a blank canvas, as well as use raw emotion from past experiences and turn it into something beautiful and meaningful. She stays true to herself and honors her heritage by primarily using the colors of the Mexican flag in her paintings.
On Friday, May 5th, Gilda Garza’s art was celebrated at the opening of her exhibition, “Te Amo México” at the David Kairy Gallery in Las Vegas. The purpose of Garza’s exhibit was to show love and pride for her home country, considering it was Cinco de Mayo. Opening day was a huge success, filled with VIP guests such as Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and several Playboy models. The event was presented by Playboy Mexico, Effen Vodka, Perfecto Mundo Tequila and The Hakkasan Group.
The party didn’t end at the exhibition; it went all night long, starting at a red carpet after party at Vista Lounge and ending at another after party at Omnia Nightclub at Caesar’s Palace. A mariachi band led Garza and her friends into the famous nightclub to find Garza’s artwork hanging from the ceiling where event goers paid their respects to Gilda Garza. The event wrapped up with EDM superstar Calvin Harris performing alongside the mariachi band.
Prior to the exhibit’s opening day, Garza gifted Canelo Alvarez, The World Boxing Organization’s junior middleweight Champion, a portrait. The portrait showed Alvarez holding up a title belt after winning a championship match. As usual, the portrait flourished in the bright red, green and white colors of the Mexican flag, signifying independence, strength and happiness.
The following day after Alvarez received the portrait, he went head-to-head with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in one of the most important fights of his career. Alvarez won the match and as a result, fans of Garza are claiming her portrait to be Alvarez’s good luck charm. Gilda Garza is a woman of strength and independence. She also has a gift of turning her personal experiences into art that the world loves and can relate to. Garza’s collection reflects her own life and inspires other women with the same passion for their craft.