b.1972, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lya Nagado formerly explored her creative talents in the fields of pop culture and street art — as part of the Tortoy project — producing toy designs and illustration works featured internationally, including Comic-Con(USA), IDN (Hong Kong) and Shift (Japan) magazines.
During the last decade, Nagado's interest in anthropomorphic portraiture grew and she shifted swiftly into drawing and painting. Training at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts under the tutelage of Dr. David Cranswick led to her current practice mixing contemporary imagery with ancient processes, and in 2011 she was awarded an MA degree in Fine Arts with distinction from the City and Guilds of London Art School.
Based in London, Nagado has been showing regularly in the UK and Europe and was selected for the 2011 New English Art Club Annual Exhibition and shortlisted for the BP Portrait Exhibition in 2012.
The body of personal choices that I have built in the course of my painting process represents, consciously or unconsciously, an attempt to enact the association between the territories of history and imagination that we all inhabit, akin to the universal symbolism of playing with dolls itself.
Similarly, the title "Still Life" is a reference to the historical theme of painting inert objects, posing the question of life within apparently inanimate forms, in conjunction with the idea of cycle of life and rebirth.
- Lya Nagado Solo Show "Still Life" / ICN gallery
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / ART FAIRS
- Dulwich Festival London
- MA & Other Post Graduates 2012 / Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
- Barcelona Showcase 2011 / International Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Gaudi's Casa Batllò, Barcelona
- The 125th New English Art Club Open Exhibition / The Mall Galleries, London
- Group Show / The Martin Bush Gallery, Plymouth
- Imaginary Beings Fundraising Extravaganza for War Child / Plymouth Art Fringe British Art Show 7, Plymouth
- MA Show / City & Guilds of London Art School, London