'Paisagem nº 9' by Lucia Laguna

'Paisagem nº 9', Lucia Laguna, 2007, Acrylic and oil on canvas, in the collection of Museu Nacional da República

Paisagem N 9 by Lucia LagunaMuseu Nacional da República

The landscape of the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro is the starting point for Lucia Laguna's paintings. 

From the surroundings of her studio, in the neighborhood of São Francisco Xavier, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the artist extracts the vocabulary of shapes, colors and images that will compose her paintings. 

The canvas 'Paisagem nº 9' differs from his more current works by its more economical palette, but we can already see the presence of the suburb's visual elements – the landscape, the construction methods and the architecture –

seen from his house-studio, which is evidenced by the suggestion of a billboard inserted in the image.

Lucia Laguna (1941 -) was born in Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, and currently lives in Rio de Janeiro. Plastic artist and professor of Brazilian, Portuguese and Latin literature.

In the mid-1990s, she began taking courses in Painting and Art History at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, in Rio de Janeiro, and held her first solo show in 1998.

In 2006 she won the Marcantônio Vilaça Prize from CNI SESI. Among her recent solo exhibitions, the following stand out: Lucia Laguna, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (2020); Vizinhança, MASP (São Paulo, 2018); and While I drink the water, the water drinks me, MAR (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)

Her main collectives include appearances in: 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012), 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art, MAM-SP (2011), Itaú Cultural's Rumos Artes Visuais Program (São Paulo, 2005–2006).

Her work is present in important public collections, such as MASP, MAM-SP, MAM-RJ, MAR, among others.

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