ABOUT LIA CHAVEZ
Multimedia artist Lia Chavez is an explorer of the inner cosmos. She has built an accomplished, rigorous body of work founded upon her keen interest in the aesthetic characteristics of deep consciousness and the light therein.
Her work has been hailed as “mesmerizing” (The New York Times), “stunning…dream-like” (Artnet), “sensual and ocular…incredibly profound…an entirely new type of visceral experience” (Whitewall Magazine), “a snapshot of the artist’s interior world at a singular moment in time, much like a photograph captures the external world” (Fast Company), "an exploration of how human consciousness can itself become an art material" (The Wall Street Journal), “primal, violent, frightening, and utterly, utterly hypnotic” (BBC), and “crafting the future of immersive experiences” (The Creators Project by Vice).
Whether meditating in the caves of the Himalayas, presenting artwork at the Tate, or collaborating with cognitive neuroscientists in the lab, Chavez is passionate about crafting compelling encounters with physical light that usher in deeper forms of enlightenment. Her critically acclaimed performances and interactive installations have harnessed the power of emerging science and technology to ask probing questions about the nature of mystical experience, scientific discovery, and the timeless challenge of balancing mental awareness with embodied existence. Her grounding in contemplative discipline factors heavily into her creative process, affording her abundant access to the inspiration that issues forth from the wellspring of embodied artistic practice.
Chavez has been the subject of presentations in venues as diverse as La Biennale di Venezia, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and pastoral landscape in eastern Long Island, New York. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Inner Form (2017) and Light Body (2016) at the Farm of Isabella Rossellini; The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub (2015) presented by Art Production Fund in Las Vegas; Carceri (2014) at Two Rams, New York; Tumult (2014) presented by House of the Nobleman, London; and Luminous Objects at the 2014 SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York. She has been a featured presenter at numerous distinguished venues, including the Creative Time Summit, The Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival, and Oxford University. She is the recipient of major commissions from The Armory Show, Art Production Fund, and Affirmation Arts Fund.
Her work is informed by a critical investigation of light, visual perception, human consciousness, and creativity. Chavez is currently a visiting artist-researcher in the neuroscience of creativity at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London where she develops pioneering research on light and creative inspiration in collaboration with a world-class team of scientists. As The Wall Street Journal has stated, “Her recent collaborations with neuroscientists could help answer a question that has eluded researchers for decades: What does the creative spark look like in the brain?”
She has been a Fellow in Visual Cultures at Oxford University and holds a Master’s Degree in Photography and Master of Philosophy in Visual Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.