About Zita

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“Provocative and beautiful, Zita Giraldo’s work carries a lamp of feminist inquiry into the shadowy corners of domestic life.”

— Elizabeth Gregory, Author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood


Visual artist Zita Giraldo was born in Monteria, Colombia and came to the U.S. in 1967 to study English as a Foreign Language at Michigan State University. In 1970 she completed her BA in Studio Art (Painting) and Art History at Oakland University, Michigan. She subsequently attended the École National des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Zita has won numerous awards, including the ‘Texas Commission on the Arts’ in 1993. Her artwork has been exhibit and is collected around the globe. She is currently on the board of WiWLA (Women in the Visual and literary Arts) here in Houston, as well as Arte Publico Press and the ‘Friends of Women Studies’, both at the University of Houston.


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2005 Group Exhibit: The Everybody Art Show Vine Street Studio, Houston, TX.
1993 Group Exhibit: Day of the Dead Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, TX.
1993 Group Exhibit: Living with AIDS. Firehouse Gallery, Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, Houston, TX.
1993 Group Exhibit: Conception / Preconceptions – Images of Women’s Bodies. Firehouse Gallery, Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, Houston, TX.
1992 Group exhibit: Firehouse Gallery, Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, Houston, TX.
1990 Group exhibit: Institute for the Hispanic Culture, Houston, TX.
1989 Attended University of Houston, Houston, TX. Graduate courses in Painting.
1982 Trevor A. Lang is born.
1980 Julia C. Lang is born.
1978 – 80 Worked in visual merchandising. Bonwit Teller, Troy, MI.
1975 – 76 Attended Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Graduate courses in Painting and Art History.
1975 Received Honorable Mention in Visual Merchandising. National Competition,
House Beautiful Magazine.
Won a sex-discrimination landmark case in Ann Arbor, MI.
1973 – 75 Worked as Visual Merchandise Assistant. Jacobson’s Store, Ann Arbor, MI.
1972 Third individual exhibit. Hotel Sinú, Montería, Colombia.
Fourth individual exhibit. Museo Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia.
1971 – 72 Attended L’École Nat. Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. Painting and painting theory courses.
Studied French at the Sorbonne, Paris.
Traveled Europe.
Second individual exhibit, Latin American House, Paris, France.
1971 First individual exhibit Oakland University, Union Center.
First art student to exhibit her work individually at this university.
1970 Resident Assistant in care of a dormitory floor of 56 students.
1970 Received prize for best painting in the Student Art Exhibit.
1968 – 71 Attended Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
Graduated with a B.A. degree in Painting and Art History.
1967 – 68 Came to the United States.
Attended Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI.
Studied English as a Foreign Language.
1961 – 66 Attended boarding school in Bogotá, Colombia.
Graduated from high school.
1948 Born Zita Giraldo Garcia in Montería, Colombia, S. A.