(Guadalajara, August 7, 1954)
Macotela is a painter, sculptor, engraver, draftsman, set designer, editor and Mexican musician, with national and international recognition.
Macotela studied in the National School of Painting, Sculptures and Gravure “La Esmeralda” of National Institute of Bellas Artes (INBA) and he completes his formation in the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM, in the workshop of the master Gilberto Aceves Navarro.
Since 1976 he has held individual exhibitions in Mexico City and Monterrey. In 1977 he founded Cocina Ediciones and in 1985 the bookshop El Archivero. He has participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, including painting, sculpture and books by artists in France, India, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, Germany and Spain. . In 1989 he presents Characters and his shadow at the Consulate of Mexico in Barcelona, Spain and in 1990 at the Cultural Center of Mexico in Paris, France.
In 2014 on the occasion of his 60 years of life, Macotela was celebrated by colleagues who gave him letters, drawings, paintings and photographs during a public meeting, but he also celebrated with work, as he inaugurated his first public mural, for a new building of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM; and presented his exhibition of painting, sculpture and engraving "De la vida ... Gabriel Macotela".
Because of his talent, Macotela has been recognized with several Prixes such as the Second Prize of Painting and Mention of drawing in the XII National Contst for students of Painting and Sculptue of Aguascalientes, the acquisition prize in the National Painting Exhibition of INBA; the First Bienal of Cuenca, Ecuador; and the Prize of Salón Juguete Arte Objeto in the Museum José Luis Cuevas.
He received the recognition of Fonca and he becomes a member of the National System of Creators (SNCA) in the period 1993-1996.