Mercedes Gertz was born in Mexico City and works from studio residences in both Mexico City and Los Angeles. In 1990, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Design in New York. In 1993, she co-founded with Gabriela Serna “Aprendiendo a traves del Arte” (“Learning Through Arts”), a children’s art education program sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum in Mexico City. In 1997, Mercedes exhibited her Alicias collection in Mexico City. In 1998, she was awarded the recognized Fonca scholarship. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2001 from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. From 2001 to 2005 she was the Chief Curator of the galleries of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, organizing major traveling exhibitions of emerging and established international artists. At the Mexican Consulate she designed and coordinated free arts workshops for local community children. Her graphic work is in the collection of the Museum Luis Cuevas, Mexico City. Her paintings, conceptual installations and graphic art have been exhibited throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe.
Currently, Gertz is pursuing a PhD. in the study of Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her focus is in the study of the importance of dreams and Fairy Tales.