(Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, b. 1975)
Mexican born, Canadian self-taught artist based in Ottawa, CANADA
Painter, Drawer, Printmaker, Character Designer, Cartoonist and illustrator.
With more than 170 exhibitions and 24 years of experience, Irma studied Graphic Design at Universidad Iberoamericana Leon (1998). Her artwork has been shown in diverse Art Museums and Cultural Centres across Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, France, England, Poland, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, USA, Austria, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Argentina, China among others.
In 1997 she met recognized artist Jose Luis Cuevas who became her tutor and mentor. She lived in Barcelona and attended the Llojta Advance School of Art and Design (LLOJTA), and several printmaking workshops in 2000. That same year she became a member of the Printmaking Workshop "La Torre de los Grillos" in Guadalajara. She had her first individual exhibition in Galeria Alejandro Gallo in Guadalajara, Mexico. Once she moved to Canada by her own, she toke part of different courses in iconic Art Institutions in Toronto, Haliburton and Trois Rivers, Quebec. Was after moved to Ottawa is when her bond with Nature and animals become stronger and the fantastic hybrid-monster-creatures inspired in Nature, Folktales, Myths, Memories, History, Antiques, Whispers, Shadows started taken a stronger definition and once likely human shapes fainted away. In her recent work Series, is notable the influence of illustration, character design and Graphic Design background.
Her artwork has been selected for more than 20 International biennials, and held is in both private and public collections, including Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), Novosibirk’s State Museum (Russia), and the Museum of Arts of Queretaro (Mexico).
She collaborate in the fist Mexican stop motion movie "Inzomnia" from director Karla Castañeda.
In 2021 the Iconic Center of Contemporary Art Emilia Ortiz CAC in Tepic, Mexico paid her homage naming a Exhibition Hall Number one after her.
Represented by Galleries in Mexico: Galería Oscar Roman (CDMX), Galería Monica Saucedo (Colima), Galería UNO (Puerto Vallarta), Galería Irma Valerio (Zacatecas). In Canada: Jean-Claude Bergeron (Ottawa)
Associations: CARFAC, Ottawa Arts Council, Arts Network Ottawa