Macotela is a painter, sculptor, engraver, draftsman, set designer, editor, and Mexican musician with national and international recognition.
Macotela studied in the National School of Painting, Sculptures, and Gravure “La Esmeralda” of National Institute of Bellas Artes (INBA) and he completed his formation in the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM in the workshop of the master Gilberto Aceves Navarro.
Since 1976 he has held individual exhibitions in Mexico City and Monterrey. In 1977 he founded Cocina Ediciones, and in 1985 the bookshop El Archivero. He has participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, including paintings, sculptures, and books by artists in France, India, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, Germany, and Spain. In 1989 he presented Characters and their shadow at the Consulate of Mexico in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1990 at the Cultural Center of Mexico in Paris, France.
In 2014, on the occasion of his 60 years of life, Macotela was celebrated by colleagues who gave him letters, drawings, paintings, and photographs during a public meeting. He also celebrated with work, as he inaugurated his first public mural for a new building of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM, as well as presented his exhibition of painting, sculpture, and engraving “De la Vida … Gabriel Macotela”.
Because of his talent, Macotela has been recognized with several prizes, such as the Second Prize of Painting and Mention of drawing in the XII National Contest for students of Painting and Sculpture of Aguascalientes, the acquisition prize in the National Painting Exhibition of INBA, the First Bienal of Cuenca, Ecuador; and the Prize of Salón Juguete Arte Objeto in the Museum José Luis Cuevas.
He received the recognition of Fonca and he became a member of the National System of Creators (SNCA) in the period 1993-1996.