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b. 1920, Venezuela

Luchita Hurtado Biography

Born in Maiquetía, Venezuela, in 1920, Luchita Hurtado has dedicated seventy years of her painting and drawing practice to the investigation of universality and transcendence. Developing her artistic vocabulary through a coalescence of abstraction, mysticism, corporality and landscape, the breadth of her experimentation with unconventional techniques, materials and styles speak to the multicultural and experiential contexts that have shaped her life and career. Hurtado emigrated to the United States in 1928, settling in New York where she attended classes at the Art Students League. She relocated to Mexico City in the late 1940s and, in the following decade, moved to San Francisco Bay, making frequent visits to Taos, New Mexico, and ultimately settling in Los Angeles.

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Although she associated with a vast network of internationally renowned artists and intellectuals, including members of Dynaton, Mexican muralists, and Surrealists, Hurtado’s practice has always remained an independent pursuit. Her body of work is cohered through an examination of self-affirmation, introduced in her early period from the 1940s to the 1960s in an output defined by surrealist figuration, biomorphism and geometric abstraction, executed in brightly hued palettes with striking expressive range. Hurtado’s work continued to evolve throughout the 1960s and 1970s, demonstrating a marked shift toward naturalistic representation and figuration that led to a production of contemplative self-portraits known as her ‘I am’ paintings. Asserting her presence through a personal perspective of the body— rendered from above at skewed angles— Hurtado coalesces our gaze with hers, creating a depth of field activated by the unexpected position of the floor as a backdrop, juxtaposing soft corporeal lines against the hard edge geometric patterns of a Southwestern rug. This series was followed by a group of surrealist Body Landscapes wherein the human figure assumes the form of mountains and desert sand dunes. Functioning as a symbolic proxy and an intimate meditation on the Earth as mystic progenitor, these works underscore the interconnection between corporeality and the natural world— a delicate balance that is now in jeopardy. Hurtado recognizes the urgency of this ecological crisis and her environmental advocacy continues to inform and suffuse the ever-expansive visual language of her work.

Luchita Hurtado Featured Artworks

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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, 1976Oil on canvas
61 x 50.8 cm
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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, c. 1980sGouache on paper
61 x 35.6 cm
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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, 1975Oil on canvasette
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, 1968Oil on paper
48.3 x 61 cm
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Untitled by Luchita Hurtado contemporary artwork
Luchita HurtadoUntitled, 1968Oil on paper
61 x 48.3 cm
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Vertigo by Luchita Hurtado contemporary artwork
Luchita HurtadoVertigo, 1973Oil on canvas
157.2 x 132.7 cm
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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, c. 1954Oil on paper. 5 parts
229.2 x 54.9 cm
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Luchita HurtadoUntitled, 1947–1949Oil on linen
50.5 x 54.9 cm
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Luchita Hurtado Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Material Actions at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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7 July–8 September 2019 Group Exhibition Material Actions Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Luchita Hurtado, Dark Years at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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31 January–6 April 2019 Luchita Hurtado Dark Years Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York

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Luchita Hurtado In Ocula Magazine

Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Luchita Hurtado In Related Press

Finally, a Deeper Look at Luchita Hurtado’s Long Career Related Press Finally, a Deeper Look at Luchita Hurtado’s Long Career 17 October 2019, Hyperallergic

LONDON — The Venezuelan-born American artist Luchita Hurtado is among a group of women artists finally getting their due as nonagenarians. At 98, her exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery, I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn , is her first solo show in a public institution. Earlier this year she had a solo show at Hauser & Wirth, New...

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