Leandro Gómez Guerrero
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on the 30th May 1971
During his childhood he assisted to several art and ceramic workshops.
As a young man and self-tought cartoonist, he published several caricatures and pictures in the most important national newspaper, “El Pais”. At that time also made a series of illustrations for the German Press Agency (DPA) designed for its global commercialization.
In 1990 he starts to attend Norman Bottrill’s Art Academy, deepening his drawing and painting skills, becoming his assistant.
In 1994 makes the art exhibition called “So on earth as in heaven” paying tribute to Padre Cacho, a priest that dedicated his life to help people living in the poorest Montevideo neighborhoods.
Also took part of several collective art exhibitions.
He is graduated in Communication Sciences at the Uruguayan Catholic University, where he is nowadays teacher of Creativity, one of the subject-matters of Advertising Career.
Partner at McCann Montevideo, after a long experience at Ginkgo Saatchi & Saatchi, Lowe Lintas & Partners, Teorema, Cámara TBWA, Corporación JWT and IdeasLab, a creative laboratory he founded at LATU’s Technological Park.
As a publicist he obtained several awards that Uruguayan advertising had never conquered as the first Cannes Lion, the first Clio Awards and the first London Awards. Gómez Guerrero has obtained more than 350 awards in local and international advertising festivals. All these awards make him one of the most awarded creatives of Uruguayan advertising.
During his various study trips, took the opportunity to get a closer knowledge of the artwork of the Great Masters of Painting, visiting the most important exhibitions and museums in Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Miami, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, Guayaquil, Quito, La Paz, Caracas and other latinamerican cities.
After twenty five years of working at the uruguayan advertising industry, decided to leave that activity to be fully dedicated to painting.
Now the artist Leandro Gómez Guerrero is working on a new exhibition.
Art Academy of Norman Bottrill, specialization in human figure, drawing and all painting techniques, 1990 - 1995.
First assistant of the Art Academy of Norman Bottrill, 1993.
Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences, Catholic University of Uruguay, 1995.
Professor of Creativity at the Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences, Catholic University of Uruguay, from 2010.
Fine Art instructor, exclusive custom workshops, limited number of students.
Set 1994: “So on earth as in heaven”, solo show, Catholic University of Uruguay, Montevideo
Oct 1994: “So on earth as in heaven”, solo show, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Montevideo
Select Group Shows
March 1999: Sacred Art 60th Anniversary, Juan Zorrilla de San Martín School, Montevideo
July 2003: Creative Artists, Uruguayan Creative Circle, Montevideo
April 2008: First exhibition of Art made by the Ibero-American Advertising Creatives organized by FIAP, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Special Event created by the artist
Nov 2017: Il Povero Salvator Mundi, a “counter-auction” to help the poorest, National Museum of Visual Art (MNAV), sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay, Montevideo
Next exhibition 2019
August 2019, Catholic University of Uruguay, Montevideo
Retrato del Padre Cacho. Obra del artista en homenaje al sacerdote uruguayo que optó por vivir entre los pobres, y hoy está por ser reconocido como el primer Santo del Uruguay.
"Siempre me atrajo el rostro de Cacho.
Su expresión transmitía paz a quienes lo rodeaban.
Este humilde homenaje no se refiere a la obra tan importante que realizó en el "barrio" Aparicio Saravia, sino a la obra que realizó en mí.
Cuando Cacho me encargó el "Cristo del Carrito" descubrí la palabra de Dios de otra manera.
Descubrí que debo agradecer por poder pintar y dibujar.
Por eso, cuando pinto y dibujo, siento que es una forma de agradecimiento, de rezar y de no defraudarlo".
Leandro Gómez Guerrero
Oleo sobre cartón / Oil on cardboard 40 x 63 cm