Born in Argentina, Guillermina Zabala is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose art examines the intersection between the individual and their social-political-cultural environment. Her works have been exhibited in museums and art galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, Miami, and San Francisco; and internationally in Germany, Latin America and Spain. Her photographs are part of UTSA Art Collection and have been published in books and publications.
She graduated from Columbia College-Hollywood with a BA in Cinema and is currently a second year student in the MA in Media Studies Program at The New School. Because of her recurrent use of text on her artworks, she was invited to be a Guest Artist at the talk Language is a Virus at SA’s McNay Art Museum where Guillermina had a solo exhibit at the McNay in the Octagon Gallery with her video I, Me, Light.
Undoubtedly, filmmaking is her first passion and it continues to be a solid thread throughout her artistic, educational and research endeavors. In November 2013, she was selected by the City of San Antonio to direct a short film based on a poem by SA Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and in October 2013 she wrote and directed the video for A Night in December, a track composed by Joël Dilley. Her short film The Hot Room premiered at the 2000 Showtime Latino Filmmakers Showcase. Other films include A Dinky Flavor: A Matter of Existence, Copper Women, and A Voice From the Edge.
She’s the first recipient of the Bishwanath and Sandhya Sinha Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies at The New School where she will be addressing the topics of media, migration, and creativity. She’s the recipient of UTSA’s 25Veinticinco Award, the SA Artist Foundation Award and the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant. She was selected to be a mentor at the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Arts program in 2018 and 2019. She was a member of the 2018 Luminaria Artistic Advisory Committee, served as Curator for numerous film festivals, including the 9th LA Freewaves, the 28th CineFestival, the On Screen at Artpace Film Series (2009); and she is an alumna of the 2017 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute and the 2008 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.
She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.