Up On The Roof
About Teodora Guererra
Teodora Guererra’s artistic vision has evolved through the years, which she has spent painting and teaching in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Tucson, Arizona, and Upstate New York. Arizona’s naturally radiant landscape and arid climate led her to experiment with rich under-painting and vivid colors, while the shifting seasons of the East Coast inspired her to pursue new application techniques like dripping and staining. Her focus has always been pushing the limits through experimentation with new materials.
Guererra received her undergraduate and graduate art degrees from Southern Connecticut University, The College of Saint Rose, and Skidmore College. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections across the U.S., including the Allmen Health and Wellness Center for Women in New York, SUNY Brockport, NY, and William & Sonoma, San Francisco, CA. She draws influence from artists like Pat Steir, John McCracken, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Jud, Bernar Venet, Agnes Martin, and Brian Rutenberg.
"Sometimes people ask me where I've been, and I smile and say I’ve been traveling, which sometimes is true, but often I’ve been in my studio. I feel like I am addicted to my art; I can’t stop thinking about the painting I am working on or the next one I want to start. I think my work is often a series of continuous failures until I can work it out, but when everything comes together, it’s heaven.
Painting can be tormenting and sublime at the same time. I'm a big risk taker, constantly experimenting with new and different materials to layer, stain and saturate color on large surfaces. My most successful work achieves a sense of fluid movement with saturated color, that is complex yet minimalistic. The end result should be a painting that glides us across the canvas like a symphony, drowning out all the everyday noise in which we live.”