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Artwork by Kathryn Gastelum

Artist in Focus

Art has always been a part of my life as far as I can remember. Through our travels, my parents instilled in me a love of culture, art, and music and always challenged me to think creatively.

Indelibly etched in my mind is the trip to Florence, Italy to visit my oldest sister, who was studying art history there. I was overwhelmed by the many masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery, in particular, Boticelli’s Birth of Venus and La Primavera. My sister taught me about the history, technique, symbolism, and deeper meaning of each painting. That experience sparked a strong desire in me to pursue art.

I later went to Paris to study art where I was immersed in the rich culture that is ubiquitous in the “City of Light.” I soon discovered my love for interior design which evolved into my profession. My designs and paintings are informed by my exposure to diverse cultures and their use of textiles, tilework, murals, as well as other cultural artifacts and iconography.

My paintings are inspired as much by urban landscapes as by the natural settings of the Southwest desert. Abstraction is a natural style for me because it allows me to conjure the mood and tone of a time and place without specificity or referential limitations. My goal as an artist is to share an emotive experience with the viewer rather than an objective analytical one.

Kathryn in Focus



Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Art and Art History Study Abroad Program - Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Museum Studies Certificate Program - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Interior Design Certification - Arizona Institute of Interior Design, Tucson, AZ



“Fresh Paint” Group Exhibition – University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2009, 2013

“Improvisation in Color” – Metro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2020
“Narrative of the Undefined” - Wilhelm Family Vineyards, Tucson, AZ, 2020
“Sunrise or Sunset” - Herberger Theater, Phoenix, AZ, 2018

“Small Things Considered Invitational” - Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2017, 2020

“The Sky Above” - Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2015
“Artists at Home and Abroad” - Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, 2014
“Rhapsody in Hues” - Tucson International Airport Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2013


First Place, ASID Design Excellence Award for Commercial Design, 2009

Art Takes Miami Publication, See Me Group Inc., 2012



“Meet Kathryn Gastelum: Abstract Painter & Silk Scarf Designer.” Shoutout Arizona, May 27, 2020, Local Stories section.

Allen, Kathleen. “Star’s gifts to you: 12 days of holiday wrapping paper.” Arizona Daily Star, December 2, 2018, Home+Life section, front page.

“Art & Life with Kathryn Gastelum.” Voyage Phoenix, October 25, 2018, Local Stories section.


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