Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Gaby de la O and I was born in Mexico City in 1976. At an early age, I started painting and drawing, nothing unusual, I just knew I loved it. Like so many kids my age, I used to draw the cartoons I watched on the telly, with no possibility of pausing it as it was LIVE TV those days. I didnt have any special skills nor I was the star kid of my class. I just knew I liked to draw and attend the after school art classes my mum used to take me.
But somehow along the way I forgot I liked to draw.
I chose Graphic Design and Art History over pursuing a degree in Art. This because I thought I was going to live in poverty if I became an artist. Many years passed to realise that what I really am is that I have a little artist inside.
Those years were accompanied by so many glamorous and not so sparkling events. I worked for two of the best art galleries in Mexico City whilst I formed a metal band and was part of some electronic and stoner rock projects. The music sent me to London to do a degree in music, where I met my then future Scottish husband.
While striving to stay in the big smoke, I applied for an MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College in 2010. It was during the chilly months of spring 2011 that I rediscovered I could still draw. I was wrong in my career options! And so I started to draw everyday, every night, every any other day, unrestrained. I thought it felt so natural to do it, I felt that at last I had discovered who I was. I enjoyed playing guitar, I was interested in meeting artists and going to museums, but I was no art historian, nor a writer and certainly not a musician. I was just an artist, another creative individual who at midlife discovered what I wanted to do in life.
Suddenly, the imagery of a lady with a massive hairdo began to appear interminably through my sketchbook and quickly found inspiration in all that I had ever loved throughout my life. Without knowing it, I was unconsciously grasping all her ideas and thrusting them on paper, that burst into massive, long, imperious, intricate poufs from her head.
P.S. I am also a mother of three little ‘uns and we live in Xalapa, a city in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.