Small format sculpture through collage technique with banknotes $5,000 pesos, México 1985 and 1989. 15 x 13 x 5 cm. This artwork is supported by a transparent protective box and includes Certificate of Authenticity.

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The artwork “Regresso a aulas” (En. Return to Classrooms), by the mexican artist Gabriela González Leal, results from of an exploration of the aesthetic and historical possibilities that paper money offers. Visual narratives that generate a playful reflection through each fragment and detail of it. Topics related to Mesoamerican worldview, a contrast between past and future, games and childhood are some of the themes that the artist approaches from the playful field as a creative tool.

“I work from a main axis that consists first of questioning my past, my roots, my own environment and life experiences which inclines me to review history in contrast to current society. From this game of realities I am building the conceptual and material body of my artistic work. My current body of work explores different media and materials such as soccer balls, coins, bullets, clothing, Japanese paper, demonetized banknotes, etc. (…)When we see a banknote, we think first of its economic function and we don’t stop to think that it is a work of art in itself. That’s why I think the Money Art movement gives added value to a work of art. It is art on top of art.” (Gabriela González Leal)

Gabriela González Leal is a mexican artist, born in 1981. She graduated from the prestigious National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda”. Currently she’s part of international projects Banknote Art Concept in Australia and Money For Nothing in France. She was nominated for the 12th Internationale Senefelder Lithography Award 2020 in Germany and the III Engraving Contest “Alfara” 2018 in Spain. Received honorable mention by the IX International Exhibition Miniature Art “MajdanArt”, Serbia 2018, among others. González Leal traveled to CABA Argentina for an artistic residency where she developed his current project: “Dioses”. Her work has been exhibited both in Mexico and in Serbia, Argentina, Germany, USA, Uruguay, Spain, Cuba and England. And it is part of collections prominent such as the Bank of Mexico; Zuckerman Museum in Florida and El Peñol Historical Museum in Colombia.