Lu Villanueva - Visual Artist
My work is an approach to abstraction. I'm trying to create my own visual language: one that uses shapes, forms, color and line to create a composition with a degree of independence from visual reference to reality. Mixing techniques and trying out the resilience of the mediums and materials involving my art is as important as the final artwork. As a resource I use photography and architectural elements as well as the environment that surrounds me; creating complex dimensions represented by layers, multiple lines, colors and figures. I intend to deconstruct and decontextualize form and figure, breaking out the formality of geometry.
Usually I work in two or more series simultaneously. This methodology allows me to balance and integrate each composition and play with adding and subtraction at the same time.
As an extension of my practice I am enriching my knowledge in conceptual art and trying out curatorial projects for galeries and the writing about art.
Lu Villanueva, was born in São Paulo(Brazil) currently living in Mexico City. She started her artistic practice as a photographer. Since 2014 she started using her own photographs in order to create her own style of collage. Since then she has been enriching her painting techniques with courses, workshops and art residencies worldwide. Her creative process starts with drawing, using all sorts of urban references such as sculptures, iconic furniture or even architecture references. Combining multiple processes, materials, and different mediums she creates a new language that uses the line to link drawing and painting. Creating an atmosphere where color, abstraction and figurative are connected she addresses contemporary allegories in her process. Also she´s the co-founder of an art collective that supports female artists.
In the Room 2022- 26 may- Cuarto33 Collective
Arm Gallery 2022-11 February-collective exhibition
Domus-2022- Photo Exhibition
Si Vive Alguien 2021-09 December
Art Week Mexico 2021- DOMUS - 29 April-09 May
Spring Awakening, 15 March-11 April, Online Viewing Room, London Painting Club, www.londonpaintingclub.com
Cuarto33 - December 2020- Online Exhibition
Caleidoscopio de la Fotografia Contemporánea Mexicana 2020, 27 february-30 March, Universidad de La Habana, CUBA
BADA, 2020.Ciudad de México
“Encounter”, collective exhibition, Berlin Art Institute 2019. Berlin, Germany
“Mexicanos al grito del arte”, Collective exhibition,2019.Ciudad de México.
“Exposición de fotografía mexicana contemporánea”, Fábrica de arte cubano, 2019. La Habana, Cuba.
“Arte en vivo”, Espacio arquitectónico de la CDMX, 2019. Ciudad de México.
Area Galería- Collective exhibition. 2019. Ciudad de México.
“Noches de Autor”,Centro Italiano 2019. Ciudad de México.
“Contrastes contemporáneos 2.0", Centro cultural minero, 2019. Ciudad de México.
"Exposición Four Seasons Hotel , 2018,CDMX.
“Simulaciones artificiales” Galería Saúl Serrano, 2018. Ciudad de México.
“Noches de autor”, 2018. Ciudad de México.
“Autorretrato”, Centro de arte contemporáneo, 2018. Ciudad de México.
2022-Lagos-Studio Art Residency-ongoing-Mexico City
2022- Understanding Contemporary Caos- Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado- São Paulo,Brasil
2022-Art and Activity- Strategies to engage with art- MoMa
2021- August/September- Art Residency at Berlin Art Institute,Germany
2020- How do we talk about art? - Dagmara Genda- Berlin Art Institute ,Berlin
2020- Drawing it out - Dagmara Genda - Berlin Art Institute
2019-2020 Coaching process, Portfolio review, art lectures - Alejandra Ponciano
2018 Print process (cyanotype, albumine), prof. Saúl Serrano Centeo Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2018 Lighting and production in photography, prof. Saúl Serrano,CAC,Ciudad de México, México
2017- 2018 Photo Painting, Saúl Serrano, Centro Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2017-2018 Abstract paintings and Myth , prof.. Gabriela Bribiesca. Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, México
2016 In the Studio:“PostWar Abstract Painting”, Moma, Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
2016-2017 Oil Painting and Art History- maestro Rodrigo Echevería. Centro de arte contemporáneo, Ciudad de México
2016 Graphic design specialization-online , California Institute of Arts
2016 Modern Art and Ideas, MoMa, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
2013 - Greek and Roman Mythology(online),Penn University
2013- Floral Design, São Paulo, Brasil
2011 Photoshop, Senac,Workshop, São Paulo,Brasil
2010-2011 Photography- Espaço da fotografia, São Paulo, Brazil
2009-2010 Corel Draw and Fashion Drawing, Senac, São Paulo,Brazil