San Francisco, CA 2012

San Francisco, CA 2012



My work portrays travel and the city as a metaphor for creating fictional landscapes.  My work has literary and cinematic influences from which I build scenes. I constantly draw and redraw characters as a part of my creative process to conceive my images in which I use the visual and expressive qualities of painting and printmaking techniques and mediums.The images that I invent  include urban environments, and elements of everyday life such as automobiles and characters who wander paths of uncertainty.


Gustavo Mora was born and raised in Mexico. He studied Studio Arts at the Institute of Visual Arts of Puebla, Mexico. He has been working on drawing, painting and printmaking. He has participated in exhibits and art events in Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, France, the United States and Japan among others. His solo exhibits include Gustavo Mora Printmaker at Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, and Landscapes at the San Francisco Friends School gallery in San Francisco, CA. He has also participated in collective exhibits such as José Guadalupe Posada at Monterrey Museum, Mexico, the 6th Kyoto International Woodprint Association in Kyoto, Japan, the XIV International Biennial of Engraving and New Images in Sarcelles, France, and the National Contest of José Guadalupe Posada Engraving at the Posada Museum in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In 2009, he won honorary mention in the First Biennial of Mexican Contemporary Print at the National Museum of the Stamp in Mexico City. He is the founder director of Casa Roja Workshop, Mexico since 1998, and he has been member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2008.


Gustavo Mora Pérez


Puebla, Pue. Mexico

Lives and works in California


1993-98 BA Institute of Visual Arts of the State of Puebla. Mexico

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Gustavo Mora Printmaker. Mission Gráfica. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. San Francisco, CA     2011 Landscapes. San Francisco Friends School Gallery. San Francisco, CA                                                 2006 Asfalto y Violeta. Espacio Catorce. University of Puebla                                                                     2004 La línea Incandescente. José Manzo Gallery. Cultural Center. Puebla

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017   Graphically Observed. California College of the Arts. Oakland, CA                                                   Pressing On–Contemporary Printmaking. Richmond Art Center. Richmond, CA                                         Beneath the Surface. Davis Art Center. Davis, CA                                                                                           2015 In Our Image/En Nuestra Imagen. Pajaro Valley Arts. Watsonville, CA                                                   2014 Redefining the Multiple. Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery. Alameda, CA                                                     2013 Prints: CA, LA and beyond. Los Angeles Print Space. CA                                                                       José Guadalupe Posada. Mexican History Museum. Monterrey, Mexico                                                         2010 Printing From Perception: Observing minute details and grand gestures. Adobe Art Center, Castro Valley, CA                                                                                                                                                       2009 XIV International Biennial of Printmaking and New Images of Sarcelles. France                                 2008 First National Biennial of Painting of Gomez Palacio. Cultural Institute of Gomez Palacio, Durango. Mexico                                                                                                                                                             2007 La Joven Estampa 2007. Casa de las Américas. Havana, Cuba                                                            2006 Scratching the Light. Cultural Institute of Tlaxcala. Mexico                                                                   2004 Monotypes. Gustavo Mora - Ronald Weering. Erasto Cortes Museum. Puebla, Mexico                             2003 Calcographic Techniques. Contemporary Art and Design Gallery. Puebla, Mexico                               2001 IX National Biennial of Drawing and Printmaking Diego Rivera 2000.  Cultural Institute of Guanajuato, International Festival Cervantino, National Institute of Fine Arts, and National Council for Culture and Arts 2000 Assembly. Culture Palace.Tlaxcala, Mexico                                                                                           1993 Exhumation. Televisión de Puebla Gallery, Puebla, Mexico

Selected Awards

2010 Prize (painting) 10th State Contemporary Art Encounter. Secretariat of Culture. Puebla, Mexico         2009 Honorific Mention.  (Printmaking). First Biennial of Contemporary Printmaking. National Printmaking Museum, National Fine Arts Institute,  Graphic Arts Institute of Oaxaca, National Council for Culture and Arts. Mexico City

Selected Publications

Book: 2013 California Society of Printmakers: One Hundred Years, 1913-2013. Maryly Snow, Sylvia Solocheck Walters


2015 En Nuestra Imagen/In our Image. Curator: Juan R. Fuentes Pajaro Valley Arts Council                              A Tiro de Fuego. Humberto Valdez, Orietta Aguilar. National Autonomous University of Mexico 2009 Contemporary Stamp First Biennial. National Museum of Printmaking (Mexico) 

Professional Affiliations

2008-to present Member of California Society of Printmakers                                                                         2016-2017 Exhibitions Chair of California Society of Printmakers


2016 La Ceiba Gráfica (lithography), Veracruz, Mexico                                                                                   2000 Rufino Tamayo Workshop (painting and printmaking), Oaxaca, Mexico


Erasto Cortes Museum. Puebla, Mexico

Old Jesuit College Cultural Center. Patzcuaro, Mexico                                                                               Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum Of Art. Kennesaw State University. Georgia                                             Private Collections in Mexico, United States, Argentina, and France  

Other Professional Activities

1998-to present Founder-Director of Casa Roja Workshop (Printmaking, Painting & Mail Art), Mexico         1998-to present Art Instructor at schools and workshops teaching drawing, painting, and printmaking


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