Art in Lakeside: self-taught artist Goretti Chavira
Painting since she was 5, the 29 year-old artist Goretti Chavira says inspiring the next generation of artists is an important part of her work
Goretti Chavira, photographed outside. Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Alma Serrano (San Juan Cosalá).- Goretti Chavira is a 29-year-old artist born in Guadalajara, currently living in San Juan Cosalá. Despite many difficulties, she taught herself how to paint, and practiced whenever she could. She improved her skills quickly, moving around Lake Chapala. Her motivation has always been to try new things, new methods, new materials, to get closer to her goal of becoming her best as an artist.
She started making art when she was five by doing portraits of her relatives. Between the ages of six and seven, she made and sold her first work. This experience at such a young age activated her passion for what she has been doing for the past 22 years. Although Goretti has worked in different jobs throughout her life, she never gave up her dream of making a living from her art.
Chavira’s works, exhibited at the cultural space «Voz al Viento» in San Juan Cosalá. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
She experiments with techniques and styles, from different periods. In most of her works she includes herself symbolically. When asked about where she gets her inspiration, Goretti says she gets most of her ideas from dreams. Her paintings and clay sculptures all contain an air of magical realism.
In 2020, she decided to dedicate her life fully to her art. These days Goretti regularly exhibits her work in art exhibitions around Lake Chapala. She works in various media including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pencil drawings, clay sculptures and tattoos.
In addition to painting, she also works with children at the Voz al Viento Gallery in San Juan Cosalá. She says her work with children is very important to her, because she wants to give them opportunities she never had when she was their age. It’s important to her that they have a strong role model as a person, and an artist, «as an artist I feel a responsibility to show that we are all capable of expressing ourselves and creating more sensitive minds. Whether it’s seeing a work in which we see ourselves, or seeing someone else summon the courage to take the first step, we never know how far our dreams can go.»
Translated by Amy Esperanto