Rudy Gutierrez

  1. music
  2. conceptual/narrative
  3. bio
  4. work process

Rudy Gutierrez’s art has been described as Wall Medicine, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel. His distinctive spirit driven paintings are recognizable for their energy and passion and speak to the ills of inhumanity as well as celebrate the Divinity of us all.

Born in the Bronx, New York City and later raised in Teaneck N.J. Gutierrez attended and graduated from Pratt Institute and lived and worked in NYC for over twenty years before recently relocating to NJ.

He believes that the highest honor and fulfillment is to inspire and uplift and is passionate about breaking down labels, categories and borders with the notion that art should also live outside of the Gallery. To this end Gutierrez has used various corporate commissions and this has led to his highly recognizable presence in the art world. His paintings have been seen and exhibited worldwide and he has been commissioned for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books. The award winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award (Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. The list of winners is truly a Whos Who of illustration), Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, International Labor Communications Association Honor and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators amongst his honors. His childrens books have earned him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africana Book Award and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, Society of Illustrators, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine.

He has performed as a guest artist with Def Dance Jam Workshop doing live painting “performances”, backdrops, stage props and workshops with the dance company that features hearing impaired and physically challenged kids. He has also “performed” with Dance, Music, and Kids on stage with performers of the Broadway shows The Lion King and Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk among others at the Henry Street Settlement for a benefit concert by the organization Dance, Music, and Kids which is a grass roots, community based project where artists join together to expose and educate children who might not otherwise be exposed to these performers and artists.
He has contributed art to the First Annual Anti-Apartheid show at the United Nations, participated in a touring show of Germany exploring social issues, donated art to the International Cultures Foundation and has used his work for various causes and continues to do so. He exhibited at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and contributed, as well as Co- Curated The Prevailing Human Spirit Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NY. The show was a benefit for the victims of the tragic events of 9/11. He was also a contributor to The Education of an Illustrator and Teaching Illustration books published by Allworth Press. His art is featured in the books- Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators published by North Light Books and in the Abrams published Star Wars Visions that showcased several artists selected by the Star Wars creator George Lucas. Gutierrez was commissioned by Western Union to create a piece of art to be reproduced as murals in various cities in the United States as part of a project called Proyecto Raices to celebrate Latino Heritage and honor Americas Latino roots with the purpose beautifying and uplifting the communities where these murals were erected. The Murals can be seen in Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles. His painting Shelter was seen in the film The Task and he was commissioned to do the cover for the much anticipated multi-platinum smash hit recording, Santana Shaman which was also used as a set design at the 2002 Super Bowl half-time show as well as on various products such as guitars, clothing, candy, eye glasses, shoes and promotions to fight Aids in South Africa.

Gutierrez has taught at Pratt Institute since 1990 where he was the Illustration Coordinator and at Parsons School of Design, as well as lectured at various institutions and including workshops on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Univa- Universidad del Valle de Atemajac- (Where he was a featured speaker at the XI International Engineering Congress Presentation with his wife the renowned vocalist DK Dyson performing vocals and sound vibrations. He has also taught in the Syracuse, FIT and Marywood Graduate programs, as well as served on the Board of Directors and the Educators Symposium Committee at the Society of Illustrators. Interviews with Gutierrez can be found at,, Step by Step Magazine and the book Art Revolution.

His art hangs in the private collections of musical icons Carlos Santana, Clive Davis and Wayne Shorter among others.

Client List

Target Group – Ms. Magazine – Women Readership
Ms. Magazine was the first national magazine to make feminist voices audible, feminist journalism tenable, and a feminist world view available to the public. Today, the magazine remains an interactive enterprise in which an unusually diverse readership is simultaneously engaged with each other and the world. The modern Ms. boasts the most extensive coverage of international women’s issues of any magazine available in the United States.

Illustration Rational
To create a full page illustration to accompany an article which portrayed the story if a woman who had to make tough emotional choices about who would and would not be chosen to stay as a resident in the Domestic Violence shelter that she ran. The art should capture the sensitivity and emotion of the situation as well as some reference to the setting.

I wanted to portray the central figure of the story as the focal point which would allow me to emphasize the emotion of the situation while at the same time I chose to be symbolic with the setting using the umbrella and bricks to represent the shelter as opposed to a traditional setting with foreground, middle, and background. I also wanted to present the “tenants” as heads rather than bodies almost as being held as one would hold delicate eggs.

Sketches for submission to Art Director,
Final Sketch

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