Separation, Loss, & Pain

Lucia Maya presents solo exhibition at Couturier Gallery, October 22

Published on LatinoLA: October 6, 2004

Separation, Loss, & Pain

Renowned Mexican artist Luc?a Maya will have her first solo exhibition with Couturier Gallery opening Friday, October 22, 2004. The imagery in this body of Maya's paintings brings various personages to regions of high risk in nature where each character lives moments of interior reflection immersed in earth?s four elements without seeming to be affected by them. The works are intense, metaphorical examinations of the universal psyche.

Lucia Maya started as a graphic artist later venturing into painting in order to give her characters, who come from within her own self, greater life with the use of color and pigment. Rich in imagination, Maya brings forth separation, loss, pain, and an unreachable freedom with the use of delicate lines and a mastery of color that is reminiscent of Renaissance artists such as Titian and Michelangelo. Her paintings are alive with dreams, love, and tragedy each having a soul of their own and causing a tremor of recognition.

Maya?s many metaphors may be well known, however, her interpretations of them are original and uniquely hers. In a work such as La tormenta [The Storm] (2001) (detail pictured) one is confronted with an enormous uprooted tree, its crown painted to resemble the cataclysmic mushroom-shaped cloud, above which hovers a glowing self-portrait whose hair mimics the tree?s crown suggesting woman?s dominance over matters of great turmoil. Another work, Lujuria sumisa [Submissive Lust] (2003), depicts a little girl holding a parasol, decked out in white lace while riding a pink rocking pig confronting two tornadoes witnessing her alter-egos in the background surrounded by torturous landscape and weather. They appear to the little girl as challenges she and she alone will confront in her future life- challenges of fear, loneliness, the known, the unknown, of life and of death.

Luc?a Maya, born in 1953, began her studies at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas of the Universidad de Guadalajara in 1971 and in 1973 she received a scholarship from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato. In 1974 she received a scholarship for La Academia de San Fernando de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain and in 1975 studied painting in the El Molino de Santo Domingo, M?xico DF.

Maya's work has been exhibited extensively in museums throughout Mexico, the United States, Latin American, and Europe including the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico D.F.; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, D.F.; Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico; Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Jalisco; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; Museo Diego Rivera, Mexico City D.F.; Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA; Museo del Chopo, UNAM, Mexico City.

Luc?a Maya's work is included in a number of important public collections including: Instituto de Cultura Puertorrique?a, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA.

For additional information and/or visuals please contact the gallery.
Couturier Gallery
166 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-933-5557 f: 323-933-2357

DATES: October 22 - November 27, 2004
OPENING: Opening Reception, Friday, October 22, 7-9pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

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