Diana Gardeneira

22.02.21 15.03.21

Visual artist, graphic designer, cultural manager and Ecuadorian- Costa Rican feminist activist. Her artistic career started focusing her attention in the formal and physical aspects of the space that she inhabits. Living abroad made her open up to other cultures and social realities, rebelling against everything that she has learned.

Feminism made her reflect on identity and normalized violence. This created a path for her feminist activism and community work in her city. She’s also cofounder of the art collective La Gallina Malcriada (The Misbehaved Hen), and together with 3 women artists, organize events to create feminine networks, so that women can get to know, support, and promote each other. During 2018 she won the Funds for the Promotion of Arts in Culture and Innovation from the Ministry of Culture for the project “I do everything.” (Yo si hago de todo.)  in Guayaquil, Ecuador.


I’ve been working in the series “Useless tactics of female empowerment” to find ways to visualize gender violence. The pieces function as shields and strategic ways to protect ourselves. They become places to reflect on the color of the acrylic strokes, fabrics, digital printing, and the objects being added in the clothing like buttons, zippers or safety pins. They are games that make me inhabit the city I live in, taking over a space that supposedly doesn’t belong to me.

I use different types of media like painting, drawing, photography, performance, installation, engraving. Also, thru social projects where the community has a defining role in its creation. I want to use art to question, reinvent and change my surroundings.

The pandemic gave my work an unexpected turn; It made me write more about my emotions, I have discovered new ways and I try to survive this time of world crisis. What we are experiencing it is not usual. I find it something normal to feel everything or perhaps nothing. Some works reflect my reflections on the feminine image and my own; as well as the construction of my identity, amid the pandemic chaos.


Being able to take this residence-workshop allowed me to live and reflect together with other artists, the many visions we have to understand borders. It was very valuable to listen to each other, think about other ways of existing, analyze how the thresholds affect us and generate new questions to continue thinking about this key moment that we are living. The work with my colleagues was special, we were able to share with artists from Brazil and Argentina, and from our own contexts create a sacred protection amulet to live in this pandemic.

Diana Gardeneira
1981  Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lives and work in Guayaquil, Ecuador

2018 | Bachelor in Visual Arts, Universidad de las Artes, Ecuador
2013 | Technology in Visual Arts, Instituto Tecnológico de Artes del Ecuador, Ecuador.
2006 | Technology in Advertising Design, Universidad Her artistic career started Véritas, Costa Rica 

2019 | Entre Otras, Centro Cultural Córdoba, BIENALSUR, Córdoba, Argentina
2019 |  ¿En qué piensan los artistas? Dialogue Izarra Centre Ermua, Bilbao Art District, Bilbao, Spain
2018 | T. I. E. F. (Tácticas Inútiles de Empoderamiento Femenino) (Solo Exhibition), Espacio Muégano Teatro, Guayaquil, Ecuador

2016 | Residence 103M, MAAC (Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo), Ecuador.

2019 | First Prize,  Salón de Julio del Museo Municipal de Guayaquil, Ecuador.
2018 | Second Prize , Salón de Octubre, Casa de la Cultura Núcleo del Guayas, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

2021 | Part of the urban artists´collective Graffitodas, Ecuador

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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