Ecuadorian photographer Pablo Guarderas was born in Quito in 1964, he lives and works in New York City, USA.
Guarderas views his own work as a means by which he may deconstruct and express his own personal beliefs and experiences. Each body of work is a testament to his perpetual search for truth and understanding. “I feel a connection with life's flow when I work that bring together feelings of completeness and silence. Most importantly I see what I have come to understand represented in it; I try to interfere as little as possible and go with the process as it reveals itself and as images begin to take shape. I spend most of my energy in the darkroom; it is there that alchemy happens, allowing me to become a vehicle rather than to be in control. Color is very important to me, it conveys immediate emotion bypassing the thought process and achieves these values I work with.”
Since his early exhibitions, Guarderas has been juxtaposing and contrasting aesthetic languages that shatter the surface of matter, drawing the viewer inward towards an alternative spiritual reality. In his recent body of work (photograms, analog photographic and mixed media works), the individual panes coalesce into a window offering a view of bodies in motion, the many facets of a universal truth projecting on our own inner landscape. Guarderas' beautifully stylized and vividly constructed images of female bodies question relations and boundaries between body and space, performance and photography, soul and consciousness.
Guarderas exhibited across America and Europe, and recently at Melet Mercantile Gallery, NYC; the Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; and the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Pablo Guarderas' work has been acquired by the following collections: Victoria & Albert Museum, UK ; Citi Bank, UK ; Kodak Collection, UK ; Sisley Paris, France.