Amazigh-Aztec resurrection through Patricia Guzman art in Morocco,
From the 23rd September till the 1st October 2023
Patricia Guzmán is a Mexican painter known for her realistic portraits in watercolor, oil and acrylic. Her work has been recognized with more than thirty awards, has participated in more than one hundred international painting exhibitions and has been published in numerous art books, painting catalogs and magazines. Patricia’s work is included in permanent collections in Asia and Europe as well as numerous private and corporate collections worldwide. She lives and works in Mexico City, teaches workshops, makes presentations and participates in painting events internationally.
Patricia's paintings have been the subject of three solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions including Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 25th Anniversary Exhibition 2018; Colorful Guizhou - The Collection of International Watercolor Masters Invitational Exhibition 2018, 7th Beijing International Art Biennale National Art Museum of China, 2017; The Lake-Blue Heaven - Qingdao International Spring Art Salon 2017, RE-INTERPRETATION of International Contemporary Watercolor 2017, 1st Nanning China International Watercolor Exhibition 2016, World Master Watercolor Exhibitions Thailand 2016, Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013, 2015, World Watercolor Triennale Korea 2015, Thessaloniki International Watercolor Salon 2015, FrabrianoInAcquarello 2015, Mexico City 1st International Watercolor Exhibit Mexico 2015, World Watermedia Exposition Thailand 2016; Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial 2014, 2012; International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibits, Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters Exhibits, International Watercolor Biennials by the National Watercolour Museum (Mexico) among many others. https://patriciaguzman.org/exhibitions
Her work has been recipient of numerous awards and recognition such as 1st Place Portrait/Figure category of The Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition 2016, 2nd Place, World Glamour Prize Lake Blue Heaven Qingdao International Spring Art Salon Exhibition 2017, 1st place Compétition d'aquarelle - Watercolor Competition 2014 : realism and impressionism, First Degree at the III Art-Bridge-Watercolor International Competition 2015 by The Saint Petersburg Watercolor Society, 1st Prize Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters Award 2015 and 2011, Janice and Mayur Pioneer in Realism Award by the International Guild of Realism 2011, Tlacuilo -top award by the National Watercolor Museum in Mexico 2011, Honorable Mention at the Acrylic Artist Competition by The Artist's Magazine 2012, finalist in the challenge 'Favorite Subjects' by the International Artist Magazine 2009, among others. https://patriciaguzman.org/awards
Guzman's work has been published at the books SPLASH 13, SPLASH 16, SPLASH 17, SPLASH 20: Best of Watercolor Series; as well as AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic Competition 2013. Several magazines such as The Artist's Magazine, International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Artist's & Illustrators Magazine, Pratique des Arts, The Art of Watercolour, Mexicanísimo, Este País, Horizontum, Ambientes, Thunderbird Show Park Magazine, Impacto, Revista Castálida, among others.
As well as in catalogs corresponding to biennales and exhibitions. https://patriciaguzman.org/bibliography/
-“My intention is to give voice to the human condition. My vocabulary is the indigenous roots, my passion is social commentary and different realities. I speak of our environment from my perspective as Mexican, as woman; deepening in the feelings and emotions shared by all. Through textures, transparencies, atmosphere, I represent figurative images, constantly experimenting to achieve the desired image”.
Patricia is member of IGOR - International Guild of Realism (2008), as well as the Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters (2010).
She was Representative of the International Watercolor Society in Mexico (2014 - 2015). Through her leadership the 1st International Watercolor Exhibit 2015 and the International Watercolor Meeting Asia - Mexico 2016 were created.
Has exhibited in China, USA, Germany, Peru, Greece, Thailand, Bolivia, India, Russia, Albania, Indonesia, Korea, Colombia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada and Mexico. Her work hangs in private collections in Mexico, United States, Canada, Belgium, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
She teaches watercolor and drawing through workshops and regular classes since 2013.
Video documentary : https://patriciaguzman.org/about/video
Why you will love this trip
• With the help of a local guide, you will have the impression of going back in time to the Middle Ages wandering the labyrinthine medina of Ait Ben Haddou, Skoura and Merzouga.
• Take the opportunity to travel through the spectacular red dunes of the Sahara by camel and have an unforgettable sunset experience.
• Djemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is a city within the city. Explore one of the largest meeting places in the world, joining the night carnival atmosphere of fortune tellers, dancers and healers.
•Skoura is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves. The Kasbah Amerhidil is part of Skoura palm grove alongside more.
Lodging: Gîte, Kasbah in the heart of the valleys and palm groves Technical support and overall support during all your travels.
For more details on the itinerary of this trip, I invite you to read the document which you will find below in the section "Download and print your registration from".
v-In case of withdrawal by a participant within 90 days of commencement of the workshop, the amount already paid will not be refunded.
v-In case of cancellation of the trip by the organisers, a new date will be proposed. Any participant who cannot avail of the new date will be fully refunded of the sum already paid.
v-In the event the organisers cancel the trip with no alternative date proposed, all sums paid by the participant will be fully refunded.
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Good To Know
Travelers from the US only are required to have a valid US Passport – but it must NOT be due to expire within 6 months of your return flight.
Your flight destination will be Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK) / Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Royal Air Maroc is the only airline that has direct flights from the US to Morocco, from both JFK and Washington Dulles.
You can also book flights traveling through major European airports, as there are many connecting flights to Marrakech through economy airlines such as Ryan Air, Easyjet, Iberia, etc. We’ve found that it is easier to find good connecting flights on the way to Marrakech than on the return, but you can take the opportunity to end your trip with a day or two stop in Spain, France, Portugal, England….
Immunizations are not required or necessary but check here for CDC recommendations.
Weather is predictably unpredictable so be sure to check on the estimated conditions the week before you travel. Even though Marrakech can be quite warm by day, it is usually quite cooler at night so pack light clothes that you can layer. We recommend cotton pants, long skirts, wraps or large scarves over tank and tee shirts, and a sweater or light jacket for chilly nights.
Your most important fashion asset: comfortable shoes for traversing the Medina on sightseeing and shopping adventures!
Morocco is a Muslim country and women generally dress more modestly than in the US or Europe. Like elsewhere, dress codes are gradually becoming more lax and there is a lot of tolerance for tourists, but wearing clothing that covers your best “assets”, and that your grandmother would approve of, shows cultural respect, good taste, and common sense.
The currency here is the Moroccan Dirham, and the exchange rate usually hovers these days around 10 Dirhams/1 Dollar. You CANNOT exchange for Dirhams outside of Morocco, but there are several currency exchange booths in the airport when you exit Passport Control and also located all around the Medina. Larger stores and restaurants may take Euros, but it’s really best to have dirhams.
If you bring large bills ($100) to exchange be sure that they are newer bills with holograms. Otherwise they will slide them back to you with a shake of their head.
Another good option for padding your wallet with dirhams is to use the ATM machines which are located around the medina. The exchange rate is a little better, especially if your bank or credit card doesn’t add foreign transaction fees (some homework for you). Be sure to notify your bank of your foreign travel destination so they don’t flag you for fraud. I also recommend that you bring 2 or 3 cards-just in case you still get flagged (happens!) and find too many things you just can’t live without.