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Artists share spotlight at dad, daughter show

Rafael Mareyna and Becky Guttin posed with one of his paintings, ‘Kiss,’ at their joint show at Valencia Gallery in Liberty Station.
Rafael Mareyna and Becky Guttin posed with one of his paintings, ‘Kiss,’ at their joint show at Valencia Gallery in Liberty Station.
(Maurice Hewitt)

Just in time for Father’s Day, Becky Guttin and her dad, Rafael “Fallo” Mareyna, had their first joint art show, “24 Years Apart,” at Valencia Gallery in Liberty Station.

Guttin, a sculptor born in Mexico City, has been living in La Jolla since 1999. Her works are in public and private collections around the world, and one of her large-scale pieces, “Goddess Gourd,” can be seen in the Wolfstein Sculpture Park at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Her parents moved to San Diego in 1997, as a change from the altitude and pollution of Mexico City.

“My dad started painting when he was young,” Guttin said. “I grew up in his studio, and he had several shows of his own. But with a wife and two kids, he had to make a living, so he quit painting and became a stockbroker for the next 30 years. After he retired, they moved here, so there was a 40-year gap in his art career.”

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“A pause,” Mareyna said, smiling.

Guttin with her glass and steel sculpture, ‘Calor en Color’ — Heat in Color.
Guttin with her glass and steel sculpture, ‘Calor en Color’ — Heat in Color.
(Maurice Hewitt)

“Then in 2005, he had a stroke, and it took him a few years to recover,” Guttin continued. “I was doing art therapy at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas as a volunteer, and I knew art would help him, so I brought him to my studio, off Miramar Road. I had everything laid out for him, canvases, brushes, everything ready. And from that day on, he started painting again, and had his work shown at La Jolla Art Association in the Shores.”

“Becky is a blessing for my wife and me,” Mareyna said. “She started me painting again. But all that time, I never quit drawing; I’ve been drawing since I was seven. I always have a pencil or a pen in my hand.”

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For three years, the two shared Guttin’s studio. “Until we started fighting for space!” Mareyna laughed.

“We both were so prolific, I had to come in with boxing gloves!” Guttin said. “Then my neighbor left, and my dad took over the studio next door. And a year and a half ago, my parents moved to La Jolla, so now we’re neighbors there, too!”

Mareyna with Einstein. ‘I told him everything — what to do, what to say, what to think — but he took all the credit,” the artist joked.
Mareyna with Einstein. ‘I told him everything — what to do, what to say, what to think — but he took all the credit,” the artist joked.
(Maurice Hewitt)

Father and daughter were thrilled to show their works together, and pleased at the public response. “June 6 is my dad’s birthday — this was his 86th — and the show was a good birthday present,” Guttin said.

More of her work will be on view July 22-Aug. 27 at Sergott Contemporary Art in Rancho Santa Fe, as part of an exhibition called “Neo-Kitsch,” in which artists from six different Latin American countries explore their identities, art history and culture with bright-colored imagery. sergottart.com/art-events/neo-kitsch/


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