Up and comer: Gabriela Trueba

Gabriela Trueba is what you would call an unknown. In fact, the native Ecuadorian is still an undergrad at NYU’s Steinhardt School. However, and I’m going to risk sentimentality here, the young artist’s work is mature beyond her years. Trueba’s is a new brand of portraiture. The figures she paints are mysterious, dark and haunting. They seem to appear right out of the surface of the canvas itself, a result of what looks like a long process of addition and subtraction reminiscent of Giacometti’s drawings. They evoke an immediate, visceral reaction that will, no doubt, only grow stronger with time.

She’s having what I believe is her very first show at Mosquito Hawk Gallery on Shelter Island until December 30th.