Born in 1967 in San Jose, Costa Rica, Gioconda Rojas is one of the highest regarded artists of her generation. Not only does she has excelled in painting, but she has also managed to successfully transcend the traditional medium, and experiment into other forms of production. With a degree in Graphic Arts from the University of Costa Rica, Rojas has since worked in renovations, scenic design, photography and was a key member of the Curators Board. She has also lived and worked abroad, teaching Art at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Due to her rich and personal work, she has been praised and well received not only in her home country, Costa Rica but also throughout Central America, such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama, as well as in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland and Spain and has had the opportunity of displaying her unique work in several collective exhibitions as well as solo shows, her last being “Solo Artist Project” in Art Santa Fe Trifecta, New Mexico. Since she has expertly dabbled in various media, such as canvas painting, assemblages, found objects, sculptures, her work carries deep and subjective connotations, transmitted through her subtle and delicate forms. Her paintings are the evidence of her thoughts and experiences, transcribed in rich plasters of paint or in translucent and gentle glazes. In some occasions she elevates the materiality of her work, bestowing the canvas with a strong chromatic appearance and in other she emphasizes her textual thoughts through coherent and intimate aphorisms, like in her series “Interior Calligraphy”. Her versatility is clearly manifested in her assemblages, where she opts for an essentialist stance to manifest the polysemous qualities of different everyday objects. What turns out to be the binding concept behind her prolific production is her personal take on transformation and the tangible evidence it leaves behind in every person’s life.
By: Gabriela Martínez
Guatemala Guatemala C.A.
A W A R D S
Directors Choice. Art Santa Fe 2015. Selected by Charlotte Jackson. Santa Fe. New Mexico, U.S.A.
Artist Selected from Costa Rica, by Grupo Promerica and Visa, for Visa Infinite Promerica Card image.
Work Awarded. Bienal Conjunciones. Museo de Arte Costarricense. Costa Rica.
Artist Selected by Teletica Canal 7 to create their sculpture for Peace Parade. Costa Rica.
Obra Ganadora. Valoarte. Arte Iberoamericano.
Honor Mention. Pintura Olay. Museo de Arte Costarricense. Costa Rica.
Merit Prize. 50th Anniversary of the Universal Daclaration of Human Rights. Minister of Post and Communications. Tokyo, Japón.
Honor Mention. II Bienal de Escultura. Cervecería Costa Rica. Museo del Niño. San José, Costa Rica.
Recognition: Distinguished Visitor. Mayor of the City. Miami, Florida, E.U.A.
Honor Mention. Primeras Damas por la Familia. Cumbre. San José, Costa Rica.
First Place. V Bienal de Pintura Costarricense Lachner & Sáenz. Museos del Banco Central. Plaza de la Cultura. San José, Costa Rica.
Honor Mention. Arte Ecología. Embajada de Chile. San José, Costa Rica.
First Place. Poster Design. Cincuentenario de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. San José, Costa Rica.
Honor Mention. IV Bienal de Pintura Costarricense Lachner & Sáenz. Museos del Banco Central.
Plaza de la Cultura. San José, Costa Rica.
Winner Award. Worldwide Stamp Design Contest. Minister of Post and Telecommunications. Tokyo, Japón.
Honor Mention. Primer Salón Centroamericano de Pintura. Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
First Place. Concurso de Paisaje Universitario. Universidad de Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.
First Place. IX Concurso Anual de Nuevos Valores Fausto Pacheco. Centro Cultural Costaricense Norteamericano. San José, Costa Rica.
Recent & Upcoming Shows
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn Nov. 2019
The Other Art Fair New York. Brooklyn . May 2019
The Other Art Fair New York Nov 2018
The Americas Graphics. Museo Fundación Ortiz Gurdián. Leon. Nicaragua. 2017.
De la penumbra a la Luz. Colección CCSS. Museo Calderón Guardia. San José, Costa Rica 2017
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Nov. 2018
Summertime Collective Selby Fleeetwood Artists Canyon Road, New Mexico 2017
Solo Space project. Art Santa Fe Trifecta. Redwood Media Group New Mexico. EUA
Directors Choice. Art. Santa Fe Trifecta. New Mexico . U. S. A. 2015
8 Artistas de la Región,mostrando en Centroamérica, Republica Dominicana y Ecuador. Seleccionados por Banco Promerica y VISA. 2015.
Instalación para Art Cycle 2015: Cyclist Matter. Coral Gables Museum. Fla. U.S.A.
Art Santa Fe Trifecta Solo Project. . New Mexico. U.S.A. 2014
Affordable Mexico 2014, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Bikes Become Art, SeaFair, Miami, FL, Abril-Mayo 2014, E.U.A.
Artistas Internacionales, Club Alpino Chipinque, Monterrey, México, Abril-Mayo 2014
Bykes Become Art, Coral Gables Museum, E.U.A. Enero-Febrero 2014
Affordable Mexico 2013, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Exposición Individual, Embajada de Costa Rica, Washington D.C., U.S.A. 2013
3 Americas, Grady Alexis Gallery, Latin American Workshop, New York, U.S.A. 2013
Eclectic Showcase, T.A. C. Consultants Coral Gables, U.S.A. 2013
Sustainotopia, Kontempo Art, Miami, U.S.A. 2013
Grand Opening, Kontempo Art, Miami, U.S.A. 2013
Art Cycle Auction, Coral Gables Museum, E.U.A. 2013
Latin America a Contemporary View, Zane Bennett Gallery, New Mexico, E.U.A. 2012
Arteamericas, Latin-American Art Fair, Florida, E.U.A. 2012
Art to Heart, Partners of the Americas, Oregon, E.U.A. 2012
Art Cycle durante Art Basel 2012, Florida, E.U.A. 2012