Symbolism is embodied in all my paintings, which convey cultural, sociological and cosmological messages. Every symbol represents an interrelationship between man and universe, the visible and the invisible, the real and the intangible, the eternal and the fleeting, the natural and the supernatural. There is a connotative and denotative relation between signs and objects.

In Ancient cultures, every action and even every thought was symbolic; my work presents a glimpse into this magical world.


Gilda has participated in over 150 solo and group art exhibitions in Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States. Her paintings are found in many private, public and corporate collections in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Malaysia, France, Poland, El Salvador, Peru, Israel, Venezuela, Argentina, Guatemala and the U.S.A.

She has won over 30 national and international awards for her work in oil, acrylics, mixed media and photography. In 2004, she was nominated for the Latin American Achievement Awards in Visual Arts. In 2005, she won the first prize of the competition “Imagine Don Quixote”, and she was awarded a trip to visit “La Mancha”, Spain.

Gilda has received three awards from the government of Canada and the government of Mexico for her voluntary work in more than 50 fundraising campaigns to help people, organizations and countries in need.

Her profile appeared in “Canada World View”, a publication dedicated to the Summit of the Americas held in Quebec City in April 2001. In 1996, her work was chosen by the United Way and the Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization for the publicity and invitations of a fundraising campaign entitled “Feast for the Eyes”.

In 2013 she received the Award of Excellence in Visual Arts from the Mayor of Ottawa, Mr. Jim Watson during the celebrations of Latin American Heritage Day in Ottawa, Canada.  In 2013 Gilda participated in the Ottawa Orchid Society Show with a couple of pieces with the theme  “Orchids and People”.  She presented original and unique pieces integrating the faces of her daughters into the flowers and was awarded the Second Place in Digital Fine Art with her piece “Silver Dream”.

Her work has been published in books and magazines in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A.