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Raul (Rudy) Gutierrez
Affordable Art Prints | 20x200
20x200 alum Raul likes turning sketches on napkins into websites.
In fact, 20x200 first came to life on his Macintosh in 2007.
Raul tweets, has a blog and keeps a portfolio site of his travels far and wide.
He was both a 2006 Hot Shot and a 20x200 artist.
has enjoyed an eclectic career in the visual arts.
After receiving an art history degree from Princeton University, Gutierrez worked in Hollywood for producer Scott Rudin on both major motion pictures and Broadway plays.
All along, Gutierrez has been a serious photographer whose work has been featured in many group shows.
was a Spring 2006 Hot Shot.
Later that year, he
opened a solo show titled Travels Without Maps at the Nelson Hancock Gallery
also authors the popular photography-themed blog Heading East.
In 2007, Gutierrez began working with Jen Bekman Projects, where he led the technical team as 20x200's Chief Architect.
technical and production skills, his
artist's sensibility and his
unique understanding of the online photography community made him an invaluable contributor to 20x200's
launch and subsequent success.
is now a part of the Studiomates collective and is working on several projects that marry images and storytelling.
lives in Brooklyn with his
wife and two rambunctious young boys.
It was important because I remember ...
It was important because I remember one of those home visits when my mother asked Mrs. Gutierrez what her dream for Raul was.
His mother replied that she just wanted him to graduate from high school because no one in their entire family had ever made it that far.
She went on to complain to my mother that she was afraid that Raul would never graduate because he spent most of his time in class drawing!
My mother quickly informed Mrs. Gutierrez that folks could make a living drawing by being cartoonists for newspapers, or even drawing homes as architects.
Then, my mom set out to help the young man visualize his dream.
Because we were young, school would let out early.
Consequently, my sister and I would be allowed to wait in the back of our mother's classroom (doing our homework) while she finished out her day.
I remember vividly how she called children to perform activities that identified their strengths.
At her funeral, many of my mother's former students as well as members of the community came to express their condolences; however, none was so powerful as the well-dressed man named Raul Gutierrez, who had indeed become an architect.
Teachers have power to speak to us in life-affirming ways.
Those who are paid to care for our children are critically important to their development.
Yet, no teacher can ever be as important to a child as her
first teacher, a parent.
It was only because Mrs. Gutierrez
had a dream for her
son that my mom was empowered to help her
son realize that dream and even more possibilities.
20x200 : Artists : Raul Gutierrez
20x200 : Artists : Raul Gutierrez
Raul Gutierrez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, but grew up in Lufkin, Texas.
After studying art in college on the East Coast, he spent 10 years in Los Angeles working in the film business, eventually deciding to head back east and settle in Brooklyn.
In 2006, Raul
had a solo show at the Nelson Hancock Gallery
and was a Spring 2006 Hot Shot.
was also selected for Review Santa Fe in 2007.
Raul's work frequently appears in print.
was at 20x200 from its inception through 2010.
can often be found on the streets of Brooklyn chasing after his
two young boys.