Multi-disciplinary artist and native Texan Renata Lucia explores memory, craft, and domesticity though multiple materials, mediums, and processes. Influenced by her familial heritage that includes outsider artists, writers, quilters, embroiderers, miniaturists, and a research scientist, Lucia systematically takes in information from our media-flooded society, intricately weaving the current socio-political climate into her work.
Her subjects range from traditional quilt patterns in encaustic interlaced with photographic images of unknown persons, to newspapers that have been manipulated to resemble our natural, organic surroundings. Recently, Lucia has been ironically referencing the connectivity between consumerism, advertising, graffiti, and the country’s current collective unconsciousness in relation to the now ubiquitous statement “Make American Great Again.”
Lucia worked as a classically-trained, professional violist in the 1980’s and ‘90s, and then began technical writing for additional income. After a chondrosarcoma diagnosis in 2000, she took her first art class when she joined the Glassell School of Art, MFAH, and she became the first trained artist in her family when she graduated with a Painting specialization.
Her work has been featured twice in the periodical New American Paintings, and is now part of the public collection of the International Women’s Museum in Marfa, TX. Additionally, she was a resident artist at Houston’s Project Row Houses, and was a recent award winner at the 2017 Lawndale Big Show (selected by Toby Kamps) and the 2018 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art show (selected by Anna Katz).
Lucia lives in Houston, Tx and works out of her home studio.