Beatriz Guzman Catena was born in Argentina, she lives and works in the area of Paris, France. She studied Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, where she graduated in 2001. In 1999, she received a Fellowship from the “Fondo Nacional de las Artes”. She currently shows her work in France and Belgium.

Memory, Fictions and Playing for Time

Everything that is contained in a given space, things and the links among them, provide starting points for painted scenes I create as an exploration of the construction of reality.

Narrative sequences are thus born or reconstructed, connected to each other by spontaneous links.

Every picture is a collage that I piece together to rebuild an everyday scene of my life. What has survived in memory is ranked, categorized. Maps, blueprints, any cartography or visual reference from de real world are the basis for my preliminary notes and sketches.

However, I deliberately introduce a sense of doubt about the events, simply by replacing a character with an allusion, a historical element that takes his or her place.

It is about playing with a set of different stories, whimsically choosing when and why to stall. It could about the beauty of a metaphor or a need for reparation. Letting images in, images whispered by the unknown, guided by desire or logical necessity. Charting a symbolic road between what I know and what I feel, or just the other way around, between the sensation of an image and what is really seen.

I work on the notion of instability, I visit the past and represent its uncertainty through new readings and interpretations. Such tales become a ceaseless retranscription.

Interview by Pierric Paulian (only in french)


2017 L'autre arrive
Exposition individuelle
Studio Sledge, Colombes

2016 Poser/Déposer
Exposition collective
Péniche Le Chaudron, Port de la Rapée, Paris

2016 Art for Autism
Exposition collective et vente caritative
Saint-Jean du Beauregard /Artcurial, Paris

2016 Mnémosyne
Exposition individuelle - résidence
L’Ecloserie, La Flotte en Ré

2015 18e Prix Antoine Marin
Exposition collective
Galerie Julio Gonzalez, Arcueil

2015 Pièces Froides
Exposition individuelle
Galerie Argentine, Paris

2015 M.A.C Manifestation d’Art Contemporain
Exposition collective
Espace Champerret, Paris

2015 Des liens et des rires, des riens et délires
Exposition en duo avec Claire Brusadelli
Le Merle Moqueur, Paris

2014 Invitation au voyage
Biennale d'Art Contemporain
Orangerie de Cachan

2014 La chambre de Diane
Exposition collective
Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

2014 Compositions
Exposition individuelle
Galerie Parrains Par Mille, Paris

2014 Nuit Blanche/Pleins Feux à L'Atelier
Exposition collective

2013 Le Laboratoire à l’Envers
Pleins feux/Nuit Blanche

2013 Scènes non élucidées
Exposition individuelle
Galerie Circé, Lille

2013 Artevent Art Fair
Présentée par la Galerie Circé
Namur, Belgique

2012 Lineart-Art Gent
Présentée par la Galerie Circé
Gand, Belgique

2012 Parcours d’artistes
Exposition collective
Les Passerelles. Pontault-Combault.