Lya Nagado

b 1972 Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lives and works in London, UK.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Nagado’s approach to painting is nothing short of sheer craftsmanship. Often working on several paintings at once, Nagado builds them up in a series of layers that create an illusion of depth of the picture plane, giving the viewer the impression of looking into the paintings rather than at them.

Rendered in seductive, dreamy liquid colours, a suspended sense of melancholy can be sensed throughout Nagado’s works. In depicting her inner world, the artist reflects on the theme of her own fluctuating identity through an outsider’s prism.

Through the agency of playfully combining heritage and culture, Nagado is continually reinventing her personal narrative of the contemporary, presenting us with fragments of stories that are somewhat in dissonance with their original context. The questions that arise from her work are consequently about how ideas can survive, fade or transform.

Website

  • www.lyanagado.com

Instagram

  • @lyanagado

Vita

Education 
  • 2015 Geometry and the Order of the Nature, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London
  • 2011 MA Fine Arts with Distinction, City & Guilds of London Art School, London
  • Pupil of Dr David Cranswick R.A.
  • 2010 The Flemish Technique, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London
  • 2009 The Preparation of Traditional Grounds, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London
  • Oil Painting Materials and Techniques, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2017 ‘Haphazard’ Oslo Kaffe Artspace, Berlin
  • 2017 ‘Children’s Portraits’, Stroud Green Library, London
  • 2012 ‘Still Life’, ICN Gallery, London
Group Exhibitions
  • 2018 Enter Art Foundation Group Show, Stockholm
  • 2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Winner’s Exibition at the Wallace Collection, London
  • 2017 21st National Open Art Competition Winners’ Show, Chichester
  • 2017 21st National Open Art Competition Show, London
  • 2016 Art on a Postcard for Hepatitis C Trust, Whitfield Fine Art, London
  • 2016 20th National Open Art Competition Show, London
  • 2012 Group Show ‘From Edo to Now’, Julian Hartnell Gallery, London
  • 2011 City and Guilds Art School Masters Show, London
  • 2011 MA & Other Post Graduates 2012, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
  • 2011 The 125th New English Art Club Open Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
  • 2011 Barcelona Showcase at Casa Batlló, Barcelona
  • 2009 Shift Magazine show at Narita Airport, Chiba
  • 2009 Shift Magazine Calendar Cover Illustration Prize Winner, Japan
Residencies, Awards and Projects
  • 2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, TV Show broadcast in the UK
  • 2017 21st National Open Art Competition Miniature Category Winner
  • 2017 Art residency at the Stroud Green and Haringey Library, London
  • 2009 Shift Magazine Calendar Cover Illustration Prize Winner, Japan
Collections
  • Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and Duncan Ward
  • Maryam Vahidi and Jonas Kamprad
  • Hugh Monk
  • Hisami Omori
  • Museu de les Arts Decoratives de Barcelona

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