ABOUT LIA CHAVEZ

Photo by Ioulex

Photo by Ioulex

The multimedia art 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 work 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 immersive environments, participatory installations, photographic processes, painting, and sculpture. Her multidisciplinary creative approach incorporates 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.

Her work has been the subject of presentations by Tate Gallery, the Armory Show, Istanbul Biennial, Creative Time, Art Production Fund, 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. Chavez is the recipient of major commissions from Art Production Fund, The Armory Show, and the Affirmation Arts Fund. She has been a guest lecturer at a number of international institutions, including Oxford University where she was also a Fellow. She regularly collaborates with neuroscientists in her pursuit of a deeper understanding of the perception of light within the mind and the nature of the creative spark, notably at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London. 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 press features range from T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ArtNetThe Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, to Purple Fashion magazine, Whitewall Magazine, PAPER MagazineArchitectural Digest, and The Creators Project by Vice, to name a few. Her monograph, Lia Chavez: A Thousand Rainbows, was recently released by Damiani.