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The need to modify the contiguous space and the objects in it has always emanated as an irresistible force. The experiences that I have had throughout my life have changed the output of that force. As a Latina growing up in a matriarchal family, the useful craft making process and cooking that bonded members and generated stories and guidance are now part of my story and a repository from where I can launch a new re-invention of self.

My pieces have changed from my early geometric abstractions of the 80s into organic abstractions of visceral “stews” of ambiguous spaces.

The intrinsic need to create that has never abandoned me is now helping navigate a new representational form where the rectangular shape of the paintings, ready to hang, brakes into organic shapes that call to embrace our own internal nature of synapses, veins and organs. The empty spaces in the works respond to my interest in sculpture and how volumes play in the space. The shadows the work projects onto the wall modify its depth and the viewer’s perception of the whole. Those empty spaces can also be taken as an opportunity to dive into a calm abyss of exploration of self. Such an exploration is what I am gladly sharing with you now.

Isabel Cotarelo

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lives & works in Kingston, NY - USA



1994-1996 NYU - NY, NY M.A.Counseling

1978-1982 Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredon - Buenos Aires Argentina - MFA

1974-1978  Escuela Nacional de bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Grants & Awards 

1982 - Exxon Corporation Fellowship

2020 - Warwick Center for the Arts - Honorable Mention


Exhibitions & Projects


ASK - Kingston, NY

Crisalidas : an installation, solo exhibition

Olive Free Library - West Shokan, NY

Skin Deep, group exhibition

West Strand Gallery - Kingston, NY - Abstraction in Space and Time, group exhibition

ASK - Kingston, NY - Poetic License, group exhibition


Gallery 40 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Hispanic Flare, group exhibition

Queen City 15 Gallery - Poughkeepsie, NY - Women, group exhibition

Poetic License - ASK, group exhibition

Stay Home Make Art - Dorsky Museum online exhibition

Warwick Center for the Arts - Warwick, RH - Abiding Courage Exhibition

ASK - Kingston, NY - Women's History Month

ArtBar Gallery - Kingston, NY - In support of Washbourne House

Emerge Gallery - Saugerties, NY - Paper Trail

WomensWork.Art Gallery -

Poughkeepsie, NY - CelebrateWomxn845  

Art Juxtapose Gallery -Rosendale, NY                          


Art JuXtapose Gallery - Rosendale, NY

Kingston City Hall - Sanctuary

ASK - Kingston, NY


ASK - Kingston, NY

Summer 2007 Bajos de Chila, Oaxaca – Mexico

Organized, taught, and realized mural with local children at the Bajos de Chila Sports Center.

1983-1993 Exhibited art work in Europe, North America and Latin America

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