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The Artistry of William Lanson’s Portrait by Ricardo Gutiérrez

New Haven, Conn. (March 7, 2024) – The New Haven Museum (NHM) will offer a demonstration and exploration of art and history with artist Ricardo Gutiérrez, “From Canvas to Legacy: The Artistry of William Lanson’s Portrait,” on April 11, 2024, at 6 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Register here. The free presentation will relate to the work Gutiérrez donated to the museum, “King Lanson, 2022.”

Gutiérrez will highlight the processes behind the creation of his portrait of Lanson, a 19th-century New Haven civic leader, entrepreneur and engineer who was elected Black governor in New Haven in 1825, and whose monument in the Elm City was dedicated in 2020. “Lanson’s story is one of resilience, ingenuity, and determination in the face of adversity, and it serves as a poignant reminder of the power of individuals to effect change and inspire others,” Gutiérrez says.

Visitors will discover the historical context and significance of Lanson’s life, his enduring impact on New Haven, and the importance of preserving his legacy for future generations. In a convergence of art and history, the artist will also share insights into his vision, techniques, and the profound significance of portraying Lanson’s legacy on canvas. From initial sketches to the final strokes, Gutierrez will discuss the transformation of raw materials into a timeless work of art that honors the life and contributions of Lanson. “I hope that this work sparks curiosity, dialogue, and reflection about Lanson’s life and contributions,” says Gutiérrez, “And that it serves as a lasting tribute to Lanson and a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.”

About Ricardo Gutiérrez

Born in the colorful town of Apartadó, in northwestern Colombia, Gutiérrez developed a love for art while watching his father, also an artist, working in the home studio. His current work is largely influenced by the Indigenous and Afro-Colombian cultures and the natural surroundings he encountered in Columbia. He moved to the city of Medellín to study graphic design, communication and advertising, visual design, and digital art. He began his career as a corporate image consultant and was involved in fashion and design media where he gained new knowledge and experience in the Colombian art world. 

Gutiérrez came to New England for a temporary work project and fell in love with New Haven. His current focus is on visual art on canvas as well as some interior design projects in Connecticut and Washington D.C. In 2021, he held his first public exhibition in the United States, “Urabá the Promised Land,” paying homage to his homeland. In 2023 he held an exhibition, “Through My Eyes,” in New Haven. 

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. As a Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission all year. For more information visit  or @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.


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