Guzmán Paz (Montevideo, 1988) explores queer subjectivity in autobiographical narratives filled with play and fantasy. In his works, which combine painting and three-dimensionality, he develops narratives of almost cinematographic characteristics on a tiny scale, creating a psychological climate that encompasses games of gazes, tensions and longings between the figures represented. He often incorporates elements taken from everyday life, from the domestic sphere, to form the landscape and scenery of his stagings: worlds arising from the crossing of personal experiences and reverie.
There is in these works a nod to his love for painting but also an impulse to subvert it, to transform it into collage, sculpture or to parody its potential for becoming baroque.
When he took his first steps as a painter, Paz found the need to work elaborately on the frames of the works, which soon took on greater relevance. Some of his most recent pieces function as small devices painted in soft colors, which hide, inside, other paintings, with vibrant palettes and populated with characters often built with fragments of painted canvas.
Each work is two works: there is a shell, an appearance, a deception. Inside hides another situation. They open to reveal the interiority of their fantasies, a secret that plays at the intersection of a baroque impulse and club culture in order to describe a contemporary subjectivity.
Since 2012, he has been part of the Básica TV collective together with Emilio Bianchic and Luciano Demarco, with whom he works on the development of videos, photographs and installations inspired by mass culture but recoded from a queer perspective. In his works you can see resources from formats such as television, commercials, sketch and video clip, always using simple strategies, handmade sets and post production effects.
Since 2015, he has exhibited his work at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2022), Museo Larreta (2021), Para vos Norma Mía (2021), Palais de Tokyo (2018), HSBC Foundation (2017), CCK (2017), Bienal del Pensamiento Paralelo (2017) and in the cycle Bellos Jueves (2015) at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, among other spaces. He studied interior design and trained as a self-taught visual artist.