Schmidt's works started with the study of form, light and composition in themes using the setting of Still Lives in Realism, applying oil on canvas. His earlier works were focused on using common elements and the daily relationships to them. In the later Ascension Series, his attempt was to include objects used in a symbolic disposition, creating a juxtaposition between the normal and the subjective.

In later series, he derived into investigating the relationships of form, color and composition in a more pure form, breaking out from the manufacturing of realistic works and its formal representation. His pursue now into a direct expression of more complex concepts into abstraction, and the exploration of industrial materials.

Gustavo started his Art studies at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago  in 1985.

After working as an Illustrator and Art Director, he earned awards in his native country to then moving to New York City in 1990 continuing showing his work through group and solo exhibitions in several cities of United States as well as North, Central and South America.

He was awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and recently awarded First Prize, a Solo Show and Representation, at an International Competition of Dacia Gallery in New York City in 2014 among others. He presently lives and works in New York City. This site has a selection of works in each genre.