Catarina Gushiken was born in Sao Paulo. Her secondary education was very special; she attended the Technical High School in Communication Design, where she studied painting, photography and sculpture, besides compulsory subjects, which helped her find new ways to think and create. During this period she met artists who developed fashion-related projects and that gave her a direction to begin a career and start college afterwards.
She graduated in Fashion Design and worked for eight years in that area, becoming a fashion design coordinator; however, her true passion was always drawing and painting. In 2007 she opened her studio, which today is located in the charming neighborhood of Aclimação in Sao Paulo, and then she got a postgraduate diploma in Art Direction at the Universidade Belas Artes.
She has taught in Instituto Europeo di Design, gave workshops at PUC (Catholic University in Sao Paulo), CEDIM (Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey, Mexico), participated in the graduate dissertation committee of Creative Direction postgraduate course at FAAP (Faculdade Armando Álvares Penteado), of Fashion Design bachelor degree at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, and Communication bachelor degree at Universidade de Sao Paulo.
Catarina was one of the chosen artists to participate in the documentary “West Encounters East”, (curation and production by Stella Holmes – 2013), which explores the immigration issues and cultural assimilation on the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, along with renowned artists such as Tomie Ohtaka, Yutaka Toyota and Takashi Fukushima. The documentary won the Silver prize at the 35th Telly Awards and was also awarded the “International Brazilian Press Award” of 2014, winning the category “Film and Video” award.
“Builders in Brazil” Exhibition – Museu da Câmara (Museum of the Assembly) – Brasília, Brazil – curated by Aldo Rebelo – 2012
MuBA Individual Exhibition – Museu Belas Artes (Bela Artes Museum) – 2012
“Between Worlds” Exhibiton – IQ Art Gallery – Sao Paulo – curated by Henrique Luz – 2011
“Multiple Selves” Exhibiton – Soul gallery – curated by Henrique Luz – 2011
SESC Exhibition – Kasato Maru – permanence in the look – curated by Raquel Brumana – 2008
Internship with Gilberto Salvador – 2014
Drawing classes with Evandro Carlos Jardim – Augusta Cultural 2014-2015
Painting and art history with Rubens Matuck – 2014
Moku Hanga Study Group – Japanese wood engraving (Ukiyo-e) – Atelier Paulista 2014/2015 – Sensei Fernando Saiki
Sumi-e Study Group – Japanese ink wash painting – Cultural Association Tochigi Kenjin of Brasil 2014/2015 – Sensei Sueli Shiba
Shodo Study Group – Japanese calligraphy – Cultural Association Tochigi Kenjin of Brasil 2014/2015 – Nemoto Sensei
Listener student at “Art as a way of thinking” course – MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Sao Paulo) 2013 – Teacher Carmem Aranha
Engraving Atelier – SESC Pompeia (Sao Paulo) 2013 –Teacher Evandro Jardim
Art Direction – Postgraduate Diploma – 2011 – Belas Artes College, Sao Paulo.
Fashion Design – Bachelor Degree – 2005 – University Anhembi Morumbi, Sao Paulo.
Communication design – Technical School – 1999 – ETEC Jose Rocha Mendes, Sao Paulo.
Illustration Now! Fashion – publisher Taschen 2013 – editor Julius Wiedemann
Illustration Now- 4 – Taschen – 2011 – editor Julius Wiedemann