Beatriz Ledesma

I am a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a painter, educator, and psychotherapist who was drawn to painting and drawing in my teen years.

My work is filled with the surreal colorful language of Latin America culture and folklore, dream imagery, myths, and rituals all of which fed my curiosity and imagination. At home the symbolic language was identified as manifestations of human creative spiritual energy. My childhood “vivencias”(psychology source of all experiences), and her mystical and spiritual beliefs combined with the seminal ideas of psychoanalysis as well as my avid interest in music, dance, and words, set the stage of my artwork.

My alignment to surrealist concepts has increased my intuitive and nonlinear thinking, and my meditation practice allows me to reflect on a concept, an image, or an idea for long periods of time; the images gathered from such a period of incubation becomes the fertile ground for my paintings. The viewer is challenged to develop a contemplative dialogue with the painting and be absorbed by its colors, images, and light; and in that viewing the painting may evoke a feeling, an emotion, or a memory.

My work has been shown at cultural art centers, galleries and museums locally, nationally, and internationally. Few examples are: Chicago Cultural Center, Lipa Gallery (Chicago), Beacon Street Gallery (Chicago), Dittmar Memorial Gallery (Evanston),

33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago), Women Made Gallery (Chicago); Indianapolis Art Center (IN), Museo Latino (Omaha, NE), Paterson Museum (NJ), Latino Art Museum (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (CO), National  Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC); Centro Cultural La Recoleta (BA, Argentina), Gallery 79 (Brazil), Centro Colombo Americano (Colombia), Edna Manley College (Jamaica), Moderne et Contemporaine Gallerie (France), Mestizo Gallery (Mexico).

My work also has been featured in numerous publications such as the IMPpress Magazine for Poetry & Art (2011), Quintessential Barrington Magazine (2011), Chicago Reader (2010), Dubois Frontier Newspaper (2010), American Art Collector (2008), ArtBeat Chicago-Channel 11 (2005) to name just a few.

I have received financial support from several art institutions and foundations like the Illinois Arts Council, The Cove Foundation, Fairfield Savings & Loan, Evanston Art Center, The Chicago Office of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute, and Chicago Community Trust Funds.

I obtained a masters degree in fine arts and in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1988). My interest in the practical applications of psychoanalysis & art for healing motivated to obtained a doctoral degree (2009) focusing on the use of art-making in clinical treatment of adults. I obtained additional art training from Helen Oh (traditional oil painting), from Carol Dolan (egg tempera painting), and printmaking under the guidance of Audrey Niffenegger.

I maintain an art practice at the Chicago Fine Arts Building where my studio and office is located.