Lara Viana

Lara Viana, studio, Salvador, Brazil 2015

*1970 Salvador, Brazil
lives/works in Salvador, Brazil and London

"It might be a confusion of sense but it appears that these paintings seem to contain a quality of heat. Invariably this feeling would simply issue from the use of colour alongside a certain set of associations related to the employment of imagery but I would detect something beyond these more obvious elements and this I think pertains to the functioning of memory. This is not to imply that these paintings are directly about the working of memory but I would claim that they have either a lingering or even a quality of yearning. Simply put, we enter these paintings not just as a means of discovering a lost continent trapped between the virtuality of memory and the actuality of place but we leave them touched by a feeling of otherness which I designate when I utter the word heat. Such passages through and within the work of art are by no means straightforward but the elegant gestural trails of paint, the various saturations of colour and mood cushion us into believing that such a passage might yield a revelation of the elsewhere. As sensation these paintings appear direct and yet as disguised narrative there is something less secure, like a half remembered experience corroded by repression. The idea of a group of paintings that touch both this quality of corrosion and caress leaves me wanting to see more because I wish to linger within such strange mixtures of sense." Jonathan Miles, London.

Lara Viana: biography pdf
Education
1995 Falmouth School of Art, B.A Fine Art, Painting
2007 M.F.A. Painting, Royal College of Art, London
Awards and Bursaries
2011
: São Paulo Biennial Exhibiting Award.
Solo Exhibitions
2019
: Lara Viana, andriesse–eyck galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, text by Rebecca Geldard.
2016
: Lara Viana | Mhairi Vari, domobaal.
2011
: Lara Viana, Galerie De Expeditie Amsterdam, Netherlands.
: Lara Viana, Conrads Galerie Düsseldorf, Germany
: Ruins, Permanent Gallery/The Regency Town House, Brighton, UK, publication with an essay by Laura McLean–Ferris, design by Alex Rich.
2010
: Lara Viana (domobaal editions pocket book).
2009
: Lara Viana, Exeter Phoenix (essay by Rebecca Geldard).
Group Exhibitions
2018
: SP Arte 2018, April
2017
: Women Painting: works from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Girl's Club, Miami curated by Michelle Weinberg and Sarah Michelle Rupert, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, USA.
: Terra–Arte, Aylesbury, UK.
: Málverkasýning (Paintings), Andreas Eriksson, James White, Mairead O'hEocha, Silke Otto–Knapp, Melanie Smith and Lara Viana at i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2016
: Implicit (enfolded), curated by Andreas Neufert, Künstlerhaus Dosse Park, Wittstock, Brandenburg, Germany.
: Various Species, curated by Graham Crowley and John Stark, Wickham Market, Suffolk, UK.
: Glorious Abandon, Dynamite Projects, curated by Shaun McDowell, Redhill, Surrey, UK.
: Resume II, Ger van Elk, Natasja Kensmil, Rory Pilgrim, Peter Struycken, Lara Viana, Stephen Wilks, at Andriesse Eyck, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2015
: Form Regained, Alexandra Navratil, Erin Shirreff & Lara Viana, i8 gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2014
: Art in the Home #2 York, by invitation from the Contemporary Art Society North.
: Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Howard Hodgkin, fundrasing exhibition and auction.
2011
: Mail Art at the Memorial, curated by Pablo Ferretti at Galeria Progresso, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2010
: This one's 4 Ruby at Rochelle School fundraising event and auction, London.
: Art Blitz at Transition gallery, London.
: Art Brussels 'Young Talent' domobaal gallery.
: SV10 Members Show, selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren.
: Psychic Geography, Eric Bainbridge, Sophie Lisa Beresford, David Blandy, Dan Ford, Laura Lancaster, Mike Pratt, James Richards, Daniel Silver and Lara Viana at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.
2009
: FringeMK, Milton Keynes, UK.
: Time is a Sausage (A Show of Shows) domobaal.
: The Manchester Contemporary, with Marcel Dinahet and Felicity Powell, invited by the Arts Council, England, domobaal booth.
: Whitechapel gallery, EEA Multiple commission.
: East End Academy, The Painting Edition, selectors: Gillian Carnegie, Marion Naggar, Francis Outred, Barry Schwabsky, Anthony Spira, Whitechapel Gallery, London. (catalogue)
2008
: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK, touring to Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London, selectors: Richard Billingham, Ceal Floyer and Ken Lum.
: Lost and Found, Blyth Gallery, London.
: AWOPBOPALOOBOP, Transistion Gallery, London.
: Start your Collection, Contemporary Art Projects, London.
: Borrowed Time, Tricycle Gallery, London.
: Nature 00, Contemporary Art Projects, London.
: Untitled, Shoreditch Town Hall, London.
: My Penguin, 30 Project Space, London.
2007
: The Great Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London.
: Start your Collection, Contemporary Art Projects, London.
2006
: Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London.
: Matches and Petrol, A & D Gallery, London.
2005
: AfterImage, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK.
Press/Bibliography
2016
: Giuseppe Marasco on Lara Viana on www.aworldtowin.net, August 2016
2014
: Lara Viana's painting 'Frame' in Guernica magazine, USA
2011
: It's All In The Delivery Magazine
: Terra Magazine Culture Section, Brazil, 12.03.11.
: Editor's Pick, Top International Shows: February 28 – March 6, Saatchi online magazine.
: 'Ruins' publication for Lara Viana's solo exhibition at The Regency Town House, Brighton, essay by Laura McLean–Ferris, design by Alex Rich.
2010
: An interview with Nicholas James, Cv/VAR publications, 2010.
2009
: Garageland issue nine 'Migration' winter 2009/2010.
: Time Out, Helen Sumpter: In The Studio, August.
: Whitechapel Gallery, East End Academy, The Painting Edition, catalogue, June.
: Rebecca Geldard, essay commissioned for Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, June.
2008
: New Contemporaries, Catalogue.
2007
: Jonathan Miles, London, May.
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