Beatriz Vidal Gouache Illustration of Figures in Forest, Late 20th Century
Attributed to Beatriz Vidal (Argentinian, 20th/21st century)
Untitled, late 20th century
Gouache painting on board
Argentinian-born artist Beatriz Vital is a celebrated illustration artist, particularly known for children’s book illustrations, for which she has been the recipient of several awards. Her unique work is often executed in a folk tradition, featuring whimsical elements to portray legends, folktales and native subjects.
Vidal studied at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities of Cordoba University before traveling to New York in 1966. It was in New York where her life changed when she met Hungarian-born artist Ilonka Karasz who was a student of G.I. Gurdjief and belonged to the Wiener Werkstatte movement. Vidal’s career as an illustrator began as she studied with Karasz, which they would continue for several years. In time, she began creating designs for Unicef cards and record covers, and her illustrations started to appear in multiple magazines and publications, such as Gourmet, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Woman’s Day, and The New Yorker. Vidal has illustrated over a dozen books throughout her career, including the prize-winning book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema which became a PBS Reading Rainbow selection, and Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep by Bette Killion which was an award-winning Finalist in the 2016 “Best Book” Awards. She also illustrated part of the PBS series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers in 1988, which was followed by several more book illustrations.
Vidal has taught design and illustration for Beirut University College, Hunter College and the New School for Social Research in New York. She has also traveled and worked internationally in Mongolia and China. Her work has been exhibited and collected by several institutions, including The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children at Sarrmede, Italy; The Society of Illustrators in New York; Teachers’ College at Columbia University, The Museo Hispanoamericana in Buenos Aires; and The Consulate General of Argentina in New York, among others. Vidal continues to work, and divides her time between Buenos Aires and New York City.
- wear to edges of board; minor surface wear present to painting.