Gloria Cortina is a well-established and renowned interior designer based in Mexico City, where she is the principal of her eponymous design studio. Cortina holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and aesthetics from the Universidad Iberoamericana (1997), Mexico City, which was followed by a degree in interior design (1999) from Parsons The New School for Design, New York City.
Following her education, Cortina gained experience working under the tutelage of acclaimed architects David Ling in New York City, and Ricardo Legorreta in Mexico City, before going on to form the multidisciplinary design firm A5 Arquitectura with a group of peers. Today, fully dedicated to her interior and furniture design practice through Gloria Cortina Estudio, she provides design services for luxury properties, anchored on her own bespoke furniture and lighting created in collaboration with local artisans and workshops to uphold the utmost standard of quality and design.
Favoring exquisite materials such as tropical woods, extraordinary stones, textured metals and rich textiles sourced both locally and worldwide, Cortina’s blend of Old World sophistication and Mexican flare has affirmed her position as an arbiter of taste among the country’s elite; her aesthetic reflects the cosmopolitan nature of contemporary life in Mexico. Following the philosophies of great Mexican masters such as Diego Rivera, Luis Barragan and Mathias Goeritz, Cortina similarly considers her work a consolidation of style in which she interprets motifs from a wide array of inspirations, from Cubism to Modernism to Mexico's own arts and crafts heritage. All of these influences combine to create a strikingly unique visual language.
Gloria Cortina’s work evokes the harmony that exists in our own complexity and contrast. She manipulates volume and proportion, space, texture, color, and shadow or light, to motivate the senses and stimulate conversation in each piece. Her conviction in this regard speaks to the permanence of her design, both in the creation of a lasting product, and within the greater context of her milieu evolving a Mexican aesthetic movement.
2017 Exhibitionists Group Show, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York
2016 Gloria Cortina: From Within, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York
2016 Spring Group Show, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York
2016 Rise and Shine Group Show, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York