Ascenso y despeñamiento
In this painting, it is not always clear where the figure ends and the ground begins. Fragmented limbs seem to emerge from, or sink into, the artist's painterly surfaces. In her work, Vidales fluidly combines the mediums of painting and drawing. Similarly, her sense of color slips between boundaries, and is always in relation to other colors in use.
Above all else, Lucía Vidales’ work is concerned with the human body in all its states—tireless, anxious, broken, surviving and at rest, either in motion or in relation to other bodies. She draws her dreamlike imagery from her own imagination. At the same time, her work is also deeply informed by the tragic consequences of historical and colonial fantasies—especially as they continue to impact female bodies and create paradoxical narratives.
Lucía Vidales’ paintings are informed by the consequences of colonialism, addressing the canvas as a body. The artist's compositions also frequently depict actual bodies—fragmented limbs often emerge from, or sink into, the luminous or shadowy depths of her painterly surfaces. For Vidales, painting can transform time, our relationship with matter and how we experience our own forms.
Lucía Vidales was born in Mexico in 1986. She received a MFA from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Faculty of Art and Design in Mexico City in 2014. She received a BFA from La Esmeralda National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking of the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico City in 2009.
Lucía Vidales has exhibited extensively in her native Mexico, as well as internationally. Her New York solo debut, Sudor Frío (Cold Sweat), was exhibited at PROXYCO in the spring of 2020. Other recent exhibitions of Vidales’ work include: Manoteta [Handtit] at PEANA in Monterrey, Mexico (2021); To cool the blue at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film in Tokyo, Japan (2020); Noche durante el día [Night during the day] at Sala Gam, Galería de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City (2019); Come as you are at House of Deslave in Tijuana, Mexico (2019); and Cuerpo de esta sombra [Body of this shadow] at Galería Alterna in Mexico City (2018).
Group exhibitions that have shown Vidale’s work include: Four Women Painters at the Crossroads at Sapar Contemporary (at Piero Atchugarry Gallery) in Miami, Florida (2020–21); Murales para un cubo blanco [Murals for a white cube] at Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City (2020); Daichi Takagi, Lucia Vidales, Hiroka Yamashita at Taka Ishii in Tokyo, Japan (2020); Prince·sse·s des villes (City Prince/sses) at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France (2019); and Terra Preta (Black Earth) at PROXYCO in New York City (2019).
Vidales’ work is in the collection of the Aguascalientes Museum of Contemporary Art in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Lucía Vidales lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico.
In this painting, it is not always clear where the figure ends and the ground begins. Fragmented limbs seem to emerge from, or sink into, the painterly surfaces. The artist's work depicts the body in all its states, drawing imagery from her own imagination; it is also informed by the tragic consequences of colonial fantasies.More