Living with Koalas artist - Marisabel Gonzalez

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Marisabel Gonzalez.    Title: ‘ Blue gums, dirt and I ‘  – acrylic, oil & ink on canvas.

Marisabel  GONZALEZ

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, lives and works in Sydney, Australia.  

“Being an artist has the same essence of being a healer. Art, like medicine, is not an arrival, it’s a search. That is why medicine itself is considered an art”

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Blue gums, dirt and I

Size: W 108 cm x H 123 cm  |  Medium: acrylic, oil & ink on canvas


“I live in a sunburnt country. 

A place of dirt, blue gums, koalas and kangaroos. 

A place that welcomed me as a foreign 

and that today is mine too” Marisabel Gonzalez

Marisabel’s work involves the convergence of her two backgrounds, painting and medicine. She is inspired by her daily clinical practice as an ultrasound technician as she finds similarities in the course of diagnosing a patient to what she does as an artist. A back and forth questioning and answering process takes place in the production of both types of imagery, which result in the combination of her medical knowledge with her visual mark making on the canvas. 

Her creative process makes reference to the sensitivity many people feel when discussing and confronting illness and entropy in the body. Through her paintings she tries to capture the range of emotions she senses from her patients as she scans them, from fear to joy and everything in between. Her work is an attempt to bring attention to the idea that if we keep things in perspective we would not see the pathological processes in our bodies as something abnormal but part of the journey of life. 

Since her arrival to Australia in 2007, she has been driven to the landscape as a source of belonging and although her work mostly takes off from medical subjects, it is not strange to find a “landscape twist” in them with the occasional representation of the scenery. 


Solo exhibitions

2019 Handle With Care , The Other Art Fair. Sydney Australia

2018 Summer , The Other Art Fair. Sydney Australia

2017 Destination: Color , Gallery Arianne Paffrath. Dusseldorf Germany 

Against The Wall , Gaffa Creative Precinct, Sydney, Australia 

Colours in D minor, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney Australia

2016 A Beach Somewhere , Girdlers Creative Wall, Sydney Australia 

Amarillo No.2 , KA Gallery Wall, Sydney Australia 

Group exhibitions 

2020 Common Ground, VANDAL Sydney, Sydney Australia 2019 Summer Show, Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney Australia 

Finalist of HOME Bi-annual Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney Australia Colours and Shapes of NSW, Parliament House of NSW, Sydney Australia
Summer Days and Balmy Nights at Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney Australia 

2017 Finalist of LAND Bi-annual Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, Australia 15t h International Art Exhibition at ASD Den Haag, Netherlands 

2016 Fresh Batch #4 , Platform 72 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Annual Charity Auction, Sydney Breast Cancer Institute, Sydney 4 Corners , Warringah Creative Space, Sydney Australia 

2015 H-Art , Stir-Up Gallery, Sydney Australia
Converging Latitudes , Warringah Creative Space, Sydney 

2016 – 2019 Bushwick South Studio Program , Sydney

2016 Thirty by Thirty , Finalist, Colour Trap Gallery, Sydney 

Round 4, Warringah Creative Space, Sydney

2015 Round 3 , Warringah Creative Space, Sydney 

Barclays Private Bank, Sydney Australia
Stiftung Kleine Kunstdialog West/Ost via Mrs. Tanja Kleine-Quadflieg. Germany AXICORP Corporate Collection, Singapore, London
Private collections in: Venezuela, Dominican Republic, USA, and Australia  

instagram: @marisabelarte

Living with Koalas 100 artworks