Born in Mexico City. 

In 1990, Mercedes Gertz received her bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Design in New York. In 1993, she co-founded the foundation “Aprendiendo a Traves del Arte” or Learning Through Art, which is a children’s art education program initiated by the Guggenheim Museum N Y, for schools in Mexico City. Since then, she has continued working in art and education up to this day.

In 1998 Gertz was granted the FONCA grant (Fondo Nacional para La Cultura y las Artes Mexico), and in 2001 obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. From 2001 to 2005 Gertz served as curator of the Galleries of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, where she organized exhibitions of emerging and established artists. She was also the chief designer and coordinator of art workshops created for local community children. 

Currently, Gertz is pursuing a PhD in the study of Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Where she is focusing in the study of the importance of dreams and Fairy Tales. 

Gertz’s artwork has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Europe.

"The Girl Dreaming" - XFoto - 8"x8", oil on aluminum - Mercedes Gertz