Gabriela Gallardo Saavedra

National Committee: 
NC Member

M. Aurora Gabriela Gallardo Saavedra, Mexican, born in León, Guanajuato on December 17th 1955. Her cultural-artistic life begins from her childhood parallel to the pictorial and sculptural production oriented basically to the innovation of experimental techniques. Her work reflects the spirit of a social revolution with a very particular synthesis of styles: classical, impressionist, expressionist, futuristic and abstract, as a breakdown of established paradigms married to the FORM, in which she includes her first manifesto and defends CREATIVITY, SENSITIVITY AND FREEDOM as VALUES OF ART, visible in the different collections of her work.

At the age of 16, in 1971, she received the first recognitions to her work, among them: in 1973 second place of the State contest that earned her a scholarship abroad granted by Mr. Arturo H. Ducoing Governor of the State of Guanajuato; In 1997 she was Candidate for Women of the Year; In 2006 she received the Guanajuatense Women's Award, and on three occasions she received the International Pool Harris Rotary Award for the altruistic work that characterizes her.

She was part of the board of directors of the Cultural Institute of León (2006-2009); Councilor of the municipal DIF León (2009-2012); Counselor of the Dr. Enrique Ruelas Cervantist Foundation in the State of Guanajuato (2009); Founder and General Director of the Cultural Center San Gabriel, A.C., (2000-to date); Member of the Ethical professional council of the Autistic Foundation CLIMA (2010) and of the Mexican Association of Volunteers (AMEVOL) (2010-2012); President of the Coordinating Committee of the National Volunteering of Institutes and Hospitals Sectorized to the Ministry of Health, (2007-2012), among others.

Due to her own hyperactivity and convinced of the goodness of Art towards young people, adults and especially children, she manages to demonstrate scientifically, in coordination with the National Institute of Rehabilitation (INR) and other hospitals, two researchs entitled:
“The Art Therapy as an alternative treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D) in a sample of Mexican schoolchildren” and “Behavioral, electro-physiological and image changes in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), treated with Art Therapy - vs - Drugs, compared with each other and with a control group”

Among the publications on the results of the research, one can be found in the National Journal of Neuroscience Archives “Art Therapy as an alternative means of treatment for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (vol. 15 no. 2 April-June 2010 ).

She concludes:
Founder and director of the San Gabriel Cultural Center, A.C., for 20 years
Bachelor of Plastic Arts
Master in Education and Teacher Training
Author of the Educational Model “Art and Science”
PhD in Education Sciences
Researcher at the National Rehabilitation Institute (I.N.R.)


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