Photo by Tatiana Rivero Sanz
Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. An Emily Carr graduate, Gewurz lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and travels extensively throughout the world studying different art forms.
Gewurz’ interests and focus are acrylic painting, photography, and jewelry design using stones, pearls, sterling silver and silver clay. Her energy and passion are expressed in her unique jewelry, mixed media paintings and abstract photographs. Her artwork draws upon the exceptional natural landscape and diverse marine life of British Columbia as well as tribal symbolism which she captures in silver, on photographs or canvas.
Applying thick layers of acrylic paint with palette knives that develop a 3-D effect which suggests organic energy, flow and movement, Gewurz’ style is exceptionally unique. The complex surface and depth in her paintings is created using multiple techniques: overlaying thin and thick layers of opaque and translucent acrylic color gels, inks, silver and gold leaf, and incorporating natural materials including sand, paper, fabric, stones, pearl dust and stone.
An impressive CV; Gewurz’ paintings and jewelry have been displayed at various galleries and design boutiques including: the Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) shop in La Conner Washington; BC Museum of Anthropology; Royal BC Museum in Victoria; Spirit Gallery in West Vancouver; Craft Council of BC Galleries at Granville Island, Vancouver Airport’s US and domestic terminals; the Ferry Building Gallery; Marilynn's boutique, and at Galart gallery in Zihuatenejo, Mexico.
Gewurz is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Lions Bay Art Council, the North Shore Art Council, the North Shore Artists Guild and the Craft Council of BC. The artist proudly donates part of her proceeds to the Brooke Foundation in the UK and to the SPCA in Vancouver to assist cats, dogs, horses and donkeys in need.