In 32-year-old Dominican artist Hulda Guzmán
’s solo booth for Machete, one painting, Alfombra de tigre (Tiger Rug)
(2016), will stop you in your tracks. Like most of the work in the booth, the piece is painted on wooden board, allowing patches of exposed grain to become part of the painting. The work, priced at $11,000 and sold on opening day to a Miami-based collector from Puerto Rico, sees a magic Tibetan rug, stamped with a classic outstretched tiger motif, sprawled across a wooden floor. Gazing into the painting, through bay windows overlooking the expansive darkness that envelops a tiny speck of moon, you’ll imagine yourself in this luxe interior, ready to take a ride into the night sky.