Mexico City

View of “Beatriz Zamora,” 2020.

View of “Beatriz Zamora,” 2020.

Beatriz Zamora


Determination is the backbone of Beatriz Zamora’s practice: Since 1977, she has devoted her career exclusively to “El negro” (The Black), a continuing monochromatic quest. Defined by the artist as “a cosmic theory,” the series is grounded on the conception of the color black as an absolute. This formulation, drawn both from physics and from mysticism, engages with the color as a primordial source of life and silence—an originary void. The result has been more than three thousand black abstract paintings that, for evident reasons, have sometimes been reductively compared to the pictorial language developed by another artist known for abstractions in black, Pierre Soulages.

Notwithstanding her restless activity over more than five decades, and in spite of having been bestowed various prestigious awards, including Mexico’s Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas prize in 1978, Zamora remains a

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