Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso is a native New Yorker, she grew up in Astoria, Queens. Her artistic roots can be found on both sides of her family - her maternal grandmother and great-grandfather were well respected and published poets in South America and her father was a painter. As a child, Gabriela remembers weekend trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father where they used to study paintings together. In middle school she received an award from Pepsi Cola for being an outstanding art student.
She initially started out as a psychology major at NYU, but she decided to switch to the School of Visual Arts where she received a BFA. Afterwards, at The Art Student's League, she studied painting and drawing from life with instructors like Richard Pionk, Gregg Kreutz, Harvey Dinnerstein, MaryBeth McKenzie, and Peter Cox.
She ended her studies at the National Academy with Sharon Sprung who was an exceptional teacher.
She worked illustrating for a few years, simultaneously to studying at the League and considers this an extremely valuable experience. The challenges that were presented to her constantly honed her drawing, painting and compositional skills. After this period, Gabriela decided that she wanted to create her own, more personal pictures and decided to dedicate herself to making her own paintings and drawings. She feels influenced by so many movements in art today and finds the variety of different approaches fascinating.
Some of her more outstanding achievements to date are:
2008 Solo Exhibition at The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, first one-woman exhibit at the gallery since that of Alice Neel more than 20 years ago.
2006 Solo exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art (Ohio).
In 2006 she received the Art Spirit Foundation, Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal at The Pastel Society of America 34th Annual Exhibition.
In 2005 she received "Best in Show" at The Trenton City Museum Annual open Exhibition.
In 2004 she was awarded "Best in Show" at the Arnot Art Museum's Annual Regional Exhibition.
Silver Medal of Honor (2004) in Allied Artists of America Annual Open Exhibition.
She received The Phil Desind Award (2003) from the Butler Institute of American Art. This is the top award given annually at their Juried Annual to an outstanding representational work, in honor of the late Phil Desind. Phil Desind was named "Collector of the Year" in 1987, by The Washington Post. When he passed away in 1996, the Post wrote that Phil Desind's collection was a trove of top-notch 20th century realism.
Gold Medal of Honor (2003) from the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
This is the Club's highest award given at their Annual Open Juried Exhibition.
Anna Hyatt Huntington Horses Head Trophy (2004).from the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. This is their highest award given annually at their members show. Anna Hyatt, has her work collected in about 200 US museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Trophy is an original sculpture by Anna Hyatt.
Huntington Scholarship Award (2000) from the Hudson Valley Art Association. Gabriela was the first ever recipient of this award in honor of Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Presidential Commission for the Salmagundi Club. The portrait of "Ed Brennan" is in the Salmagundi Club's permanent collection and currently on display. Gabriela is the first woman in Salmagundian history to have been commissioned to paint a presidential portrait.
"Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso is an extraordinarily talented painter whose technical abilities are reminiscent of the great European painters of the 19th century. But ultimately what distinguishes the work beyond her technical master are the ideas which she brings forth. The paintings are rich with concepts and presented with a devotion to detail. She brings to bear her understanding of light and form in her delivery of sense, haunting works which recall the power of Surrealism to transport us to other realms, times and places. In the end, art which endures is an art that transcends time and place. Dellosso's work effectively does this and does so with a learned flair."
--Louis A Zona, Director, The Butler Institute of American Art
"Genevieve Estelle Jones' Dream" by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso
oil on linen, 46"x70", 2015