ABOUT LIA CHAVEZ
The multimedia artwork of New York-based Lia Chavez is driven by her fascination with the laws of the physical universe and investigates the astonishing mysteries of light, form, and the interior cosmos. Her art is an invitation into the vast inner landscape of beauty, forming a detailed exploration of the phenomenology of light. With an artistic pursuit founded upon performance, her work encompasses experiential and immersive installations, photographic processes, painting, and sculpture, as well as scientific, technological, and theoretical innovations. By probing visions of the radiant cosmos within, the artist provides us with a reminder that our relationship to the world — both outside and within — is shaped by the dynamics of time, space, and light.
Lia Chavez has featured in venues such as Tate, the Armory Show, Istanbul Biennial, Creative Time Summit, and la Biennale di Venezia. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Light Body (2016) at the Farm of Isabella Rossellini, The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub (2015) presented by Art Production Fund at The Cosmopolitan of 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. She is the recipient of major commissions from Art Production Fund, The Armory Show, and the Affirmation Arts Fund. She has lectured on art at many international institutions, including Oxford University where she was a Fellow. She is a visiting artist-researcher in the neuroscience of creativity at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London where she develops pioneering research on visionary optics and creative inspiration. She received her MA in Photography and Master of Philosophy in Visual Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and has studied contemplative practice with mystics and sages from the East and West. Her monograph, Lia Chavez: A Thousand Rainbows, was recently released by Damiani.