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The need to modify the contiguous space and the objects in it has always emanated as an irresistible force. The experiences that I have had throughout my life have changed the output of that force.

The pieces have changed from my early geometric abstractions into organic abstractions of visceral “stews” of ambiguous spaces. The intrinsic need to create that has never abandoned me is now helping navigate a new representational form where the rectangular shape of the paintings brakes into organic shapes that call to embrace our own internal nature of synapses, veins and organs. The empty spaces in the works respond to my interest in sculpture and how volumes play in the space. The shadows the work projects onto the wall modify its depth and the viewer’s perception of the whole. Those empty spaces can also be taken as an opportunity to dive into a calm abyss of exploration of self.

In these pieces, the use of plastic, the leading material in the production and packaging of goods and one of the causes of our environmental woes, was selected as a way of recycling, creating a rebirth of a material. Trash represents the remnants of our lives, yet we usually choose to ignore it. This year has brought to light many things that we, as a nation, have been ignoring for so long, such as, systemic racism. Everyone has spent the last year in their quarantine cocoons waiting for a moment of rebirth. My work symbolizes the energy and momentum for change that has sprung out of this time of solitude. The conflicting state of finding beauty in tragedy is a recurrent theme in my work of the last three years: for example, my series Amazonas is Burning.

The organic forms, in my work, that evoke organisms, cells, synapses or viruses are visceral and respond to primal emotions, fears of unknown paths and ambiguity, yet deliver a suspended force of dynamic hope and intent for advancement.

She has been showing her work in the Hudson Valley since moving to Kingston in 2017.

From 2022 to 2024, Isabel  served as a Kingston Art Commission Commissioner. In 2023, she was the Art Out Loud Youth Exhibition Chair. 





1994-1996 NYU - NY, NY M.A.Counseling

1978-1982 Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredon - Buenos Aires Argentina - MFA

1974-1978  Escuela Nacional de bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano - Buenos Aires, Argentina


Grants & Awards 

1982 - Exxon Corporation Fellowship

2020 - Warwick Center for the Arts - Honorable Mention

Exhibitions & Projects


Perspectives: Six Artists

The Gallery - Spencertown Academy Art Center - Spencertown, NY


Water Series -  A Point in Time and Space

West Strand Gallery - Kingston, NY

Water Series - Exhibicion de Arte Latino

Adriance Memorial Library - Poughkeepsie, NY


UNIDOS -Exhibicion de Arte Latino

Poughkeepsie Public Library

An-AESthetics - group show

Rosekill - Kingston, NY

An-AESthetics - group show

Century House Historical Society - Rosendale, NY

Nature: Introspective Visions

West Strand Gallery - Kingston, NY


Crisalidas : an installation, solo exhibition

ASK - Kingston, NY

Skin Deep, group exhibition

Olive Free Library - West Shokan, NY

Abstraction in Space and Time, group exhibition

West Strand Gallery - Kingston, NY 

Poetic License, group exhibition

ASK - Kingston, NY  Poetic License, group exhibition


Gallery 40 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Hispanic Flare, group exhibition

Queen City 15 Gallery - Poughkeepsie, NY - Women, group exhibition

Poetic License - ASK, group exhibition

Stay Home Make Art - Dorsky Museum online exhibition

Warwick Center for the Arts - Warwick, RH - Abiding Courage Exhibition

ASK - Kingston, NY - Women's History Month

ArtBar Gallery - Kingston, NY - In support of Washbourne House

Emerge Gallery - Saugerties, NY - Paper Trail

WomensWork.Art Gallery -

Poughkeepsie, NY - CelebrateWomxn845  

Art Juxtapose Gallery -Rosendale, NY     



Art JuXtapose Gallery - Rosendale, NY

Kingston City Hall - Sanctuary

ASK - Kingston, NY


ASK - Kingston, NY

Summer 2007 Bajos de Chila, Oaxaca – Mexico

Organized, taught, and realized mural with local children at the Bajos de Chila Sports Center.

1983-1993 Exhibited art work in Europe, North America and Latin America


Isabel Cotarelo



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