Among the many happy memories from the Brazil winter of 2013, spending time with new friends like artist Luciana Araujo certainly ranks top of my greatest hits album. She epitomizes everything about São Paulo that is cool, gritty and art mod. Since everything good ought also to be worth sharing, I hope you enjoy this interview.
1975 Born in São Paulo where she now lives and works
2000 XXVIII Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Santo André ^
2000 25• Salão de Arte de Ribeirão Preto Nacional Contemporâneo ^
2001 7• Salão Nacional Victor Meirelles, Santa Catarina ^
2005 Kawaii Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre *
2006 Invisível Galeria Adesivo, Porto Alegre *
2006 Galeria Pop, 3 Meninas, São Paulo ^
2007 3 Bienal de Gravura, Atibaia ^
2008 Transfer, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre ^
2008 Besta Fera, ROJO Artspace *
2009 Noz na Fita, Porto Alegre ^
2010 Transfer Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo ^
2011 Shot in the Dark Galeria LOGO, São Paulo *
2012 LISTA, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo ^
2012 MARKER, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo ^
2014 LISTA, Galeria LOGO, São Paulo ^
2014 HANDMADE, Galeria nuVEM, São Paulo ^
2014 SHOUTS OF KOREA, Gail Museum, South Korea ^
* Individual exhibitions ^ Selected collective exhibitions
How would you describe your work?
Reflections of the unconscious. It is always figurative and highly influenced by music and pop culture from the 80/90’s.
So you’ve lived in Europe and Brazil. How has locality influenced your work?
I’ve always lived in a metropolis and the only time I moved from here was to go to another one so I think the habits and inhabitants of urban spaces influence a great deal of my work.
Has someone ever characterized your work as “disturbing”? How would you interpret that?
Not really disturbing but daring I hope, particularly the big works between 2008 and 2011. However, I love the idea that my work could disturb and evoke primal or hidden instincts in those that engage with my art.
Do you have intentions of exhibiting abroad? What do you think your work says to a global audience?
Yes I have the intention to take my art everywhere. I think my work talks of people and myths. I’ve been using masks (especially animal masks) in my painting for a while now – this has to do with animal representations, as well as the behaviors and impressions we have about them. So my work is certainly about humanity and animalism, and the blend we carry within us.
What advise can you give to artists striving to make it on their own?
Never give up. Art is a matter of construction, history, bold work and style, that thing that will make you recognizable and unique and also complete when you create it.
For more details check out Luciana’s website: http://www.lucianaraujo.net/