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ALUMNI 2017/2020

Yve Guzman

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b. Silver Spring, MD, 01/17/1991

Painting, sculpture and printmaking. 

I am among many artists throughout history who have found landscapes inspiring and use this as a means for expressing an internal narrative. While the work is simultaneously expansive and compressed: its overarching story is a satire on our cosmic ontology. The environment’s syntax is created by primary figures such as rocks and leaves, supported by the lingering subtext of swirling gradients and vortices. These repeating interstellar bodies are symbolic of growth and collapse: an ongoing theme throughout the work. 

Lea Marcaccini

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Lea Marcaccini is a French/Italian mixed media artist, working with photography, drawing & collage. Born and raised in a nature reserve on the Pacific coast of Mexico, she has been surrounded and inspired by the diverse and rich culture it has to offer. From pre-Hispanic art and Mythology, to vivacious colors, spirituality, to its vast flora & fauna. Such themes are gently conveyed into her work, indulging in both the friction and synergy of color, used as a form of communication.

Lea likes to explore the study of bringing the subconscious to the conscious, otherworldly dimensions and what the naked eye cannot see. Through self-portraiture, Lea plays with the connections between feminine sensuality, mysticism and natural forces. She invites the viewer to explore the unknown within through play of dreamscape and internal exploration.

Lea has shown her work in numerous group shows in the UK, Paris & Los Angeles, as well as displayed in the Drake hotel in Toronto. Her work has also featured in publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Mexico, So It Goes, Based Instabul & Ingenue Magazine.

Elmi Ventura Mata

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Elmi Ventura Mata is a visual artist, born in El Salvador and based in the East Coast of the US. His work explores the narrative format through the pictorial framework of the canvas. His investigation is guided through a focus on the configuration of the painted subject through a critical framework informed by the history of painting. The mergence between abstraction and figuration; thesis and antithesis offers a transformative nature in the work. In his words, “As a painter, it’s my calling to sift reality and pour its aspects onto the canvas through the brush. In doing so; a straightfoward vision and sincere voice emerges. Painting offers the artist an opportunity to view and observe life through a unique lens. Imagination is a powerful lens polish. An integral aspect to the painting process. Imagination also allows access into the subconscious, which coincidentally defines us."

Elmi has been awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and his work has been featured in New American Paintings. Elmi earned his MFA from The Tyler School of Art's Painting Department in Philadelphia. He also holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Cleveland Institute of Art.

Aida Lizalde

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Aida Lizalde is a multimedia artist born in Mexico and based in California. She uses her artwork to raise questions about power structures and explore identity and mestizaje through narrative and symbolism. Lizalde invites the viewer to consider the nuances of navigating assimilation to American culture, capitalism, neocolonialism, and politics. She employs an array of media, including construction materials, textiles, performance, video, photography, and ceramics to create her work. 

Her work has been exhibited at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Torrance Art Museum, Southern Exposure, Gearbox Gallery, the Museum of Northern California of Chico, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon Project Sacramento, SOMArts South of Market Cultural Center, The Latino Center of Art and Culture of Sacramento, etc. She is a member of Axis Gallery and has been a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Young Space Grant, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists among others.


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Lesdavag is an interdisciplinary Mexican American artist whose work regards concepts of life, death, and humanity. His art is a realization that space and time are not objective phenomena, but rather the tools our mind uses to connect everything –energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change in form. 

Through his art, Lesdavag explores memories and events that made an impact on his life and the people around him. For the most part, he uses raw materials like dirt and wood and in some cases found objects, to successfully convey his concepts. 

Lesdavag has been part of several art exhibitions in the United States and Mexico, most recently exhibited at the art gallery in the Mexican Consulate of Tucson. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and studied Fine Arts in Tucson at the University of Arizona. Currently, Lesdavag resides in Mexico City where he works as a visual designer and continues developing new works of art..

Cedric Tai

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"Hello, my name is Cedric Tai and I make art and friends spanning Detroit, Glasgow, and Los Angeles. I’m an un-disciplinary artist, who went and got Art Education certification from Michigan State U., and one of those MFAs from the Glasgow School of Art. 

I’ve received a 25K Kresge Arts Fellowship, a 25K Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, and have gallery representation with Simone DeSousa Gallery based in Detroit, Michigan.

I make artwork to tickle, cajole and inspire people to consider their fears, limits and individual aspirations with curiosity. 

Recently someone said that I’m 'Pathologically Curious’, which is the most tender way I’ve ever heard my ADHD (aka Time-Blindness, aka Intention Deficit Disorder) described back to me.

Some of my work is setup systematically (“Brixels” tessellations/“They Didn’t Go” excel spreadsheets/“Reverse-Pick-Pocketing” workshops) so that I can focus on the way that I want to elicit a response from a specific audience. Other works are like love letters wherein I come to know someone through the process of making the work.

What brings my work together is the magic element of PLAY; Play that begins in the landscape of the unconscious, made of doubt, ritual, grief, healing, honesty, tiny pleasures, guilt and responsibility. All of these elements are authentic and alive in my work, speaking to each other. 

That conversation is what I hope the viewer experiences."

Sarah Thibault

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Sarah Thibault is an artist and writer based in San Francisco.  Her artwork has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including an upcoming solo exhibition at Fahrenheit Madrid in Madrid, Spain.  Past projects include exhibitions with Steve Turner Contemporary, BAMPFA, Interface Gallery, HILDE Gallery and the ART in Embassies program in Montevideo, Uruguay. Thibault and her work have been featured in Artsy, CARLA, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner, The Huffington Post, and 7x7.  She is a Charter Resident of the curated Minnesota Street Project studio program in San Francisco.  She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. 

Gabi Magaly

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Gabi Magaly is an emerging artist born in Bryan, Texas. Magaly received her MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020. She works predominantly in the medium of photography, but also employs other mediums like sculptural installation and embroidery. Magaly has exhibited in solo shows at Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX; The Brick and Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX. Her numerous group exhibitions include at Luis Leu Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany; The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX; Won Best in Show at “56th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition” at Masur Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Magaly was honored with a Graduate School Travel Stipend to give an artist talk at SPE Conference at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. She was recently awarded two CAMMIE awards from Blue Star Contemporary and Luminaria Contemporary Cultural Center during Contemporary Art Month 2020. Magaly currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

Matthew Anderson

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Matthew Anderson (b. 1989, Indiana, USA) is an artist, musician, and software consultant living in Mexico City. He grew up in a conservative religious family with three older brothers. Love, support, and fun abounded throughout his upbringing, but emotional maturity was a foreign concept to him until his late twenties.


He now seeks to attune himself to his emotions as they are triggered by ordinary scenes and objects from life. A watch on a table, a house on a hill, a dog on a couch - these simple daily snapshots can serve as vehicles for drawing out, feeling fully, and integrating past imprinted emotions and their present situational application. He hopes to make this process more natural for himself and more accessible to others through playful yet profound artistic expression.

Delphine Tomes

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Delphine Tomes is an artist and translator based in Mexico City. She has an MA in Art History + Spanish from Edinburgh University (2008-2012), which taught her that contemporary art could be a lot more approachable and a bit less serious, and she likes playing with that middle ground and focusing on the day-to-day bread and butter. She's an optimist and her work aims towards a more inclusive collective memory.


Co-founder of Mi Valedor (Mexico City’s version of the street paper "The Big Issue"), a conceptual and colorful portrait of everyday life in the city that offers a legitimate income to homeless and vulnerable sectors. She also runs a micro-poetry project De Reversa ("Reverse It") with rapper Dayra Fyah, which plays with the misogynist lyrics of popular songs and turns new, neutralized lyrics into poems, raps, posters, and new songs.

Leslie Moody Castro

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Leslie Moody Castro is an independent curator and writer whose practice is based on itinerancy and collaboration. She has produced, organized, and collaborated on projects in Mexico and the United States for more than a decade, and her repertoire of critical writing is also reflective of her commitment to place. She is committed to creating moments of artistic exchange and dialogue and as such is a co-founder of Unlisted Projects, an artist residency program in Austin, Texas. In 2017, she was selected as Curator and Artistic Director of the sixth edition of the Texas Biennial, and was recently the first invited curator in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency. Moody Castro earned a Master's degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and a Bachelor's degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004, and has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for her curatorial projects (2016, 2017). In addition to her firm belief that the visual arts creates moments of empathy, Moody Castro also believes that Mariachis make everything better. 

Corinne Thiessen

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Corinne Thiessen is a multidisciplinary artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds an MFA from the University of Lethbridge. Her practice is informed by an interest in human behaviour, comedy, failure, healing, and purpose. 

Thiessen has exhibited at Ortstermin, Berlin, at the Esker Foundation and Stride Gallery in Calgary, at Soo Visual Arts in Minneapolis, and a solo exhibition, Factory Logic at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge.

Residencies and collaborative projects at the Banff Centre, ZK/U, Berlin; Island Mountain Arts, B.C.; Centre Pompadour, France; The Museum of Loss and Renewal, Italy; and presently at Casa Lü in Mexico City, also include published work in MAP Magazine and in the 2019 Printing Plant Art Book Fair in Amsterdam. Thiessen has taught sessionally at Lethbridge College and in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.

Michael A. Salter

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Michael A. Salter is a Professor of Art at the University of Oregon, Department of Art, School of Art + Design, College of Design, Art & Technology Program. Salter's work has been shown nationally and internationally in Beijing, Wuhan, Brussels, New York, L.A., Portland, London, Amsterdam, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta and Chicago. His work has been featured in Art In America, Best Art NY 2009, Dot Dot Dash, Pictoplasma2, Grab Magazine, Arkitip Magazine, Repellent Magazine, and LoDown Magazine. He has exhibited solo installations at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem, NC, at the Charles de Jonghe gallery, Brussels, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, The University of Texas, Arlington, and Black Market Gallery in Los Angeles, California, The University of Colorado, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art Colorado Springs and the New Britain Museum of America Art in CT. 

Machine Mclaughlin

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Machine is an artist residing in the Los Angeles area, they have shown work in the US, Canada and the UK. Using recurring themes of strength and sport, Machine’s work consists of a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine symbols as a challenge to conventional gender representation.

Rebeca Huntt

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Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina filmmaker, multi-media artist, and native-New Yorker. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which is currently in post-production, and was selected to be in the IFP Documentary Lab 2019/2020. Rebeca was a 2018 Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow, through which she directed ¡Hay Coro! which premiered at the Oaxaca Film Festival and on BronxNet Public Television. She wrote, directed, and/or edited various short films which premiered at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, The Fader Magazine, and Elsewhere Brooklyn. Rebeca participated in the 2018 Kickstarter Residency and the 56th Annual New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. She worked in event planning for over three years, producing art benefits, activist-based panels, and parties with creatives such as Venus X and Tschabalala Self. Rebeca received her BA from Bard College in 2012.

Yeni Mao

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Yeni Mao was born in Canada, and spent his developmental years in the United States, Sweden and Taiwan. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and subsequently trained in foundry work in California, and the architectural industries of New York. In 2016 Mao relocated to Mexico City. Yeni Mao’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions. Most recently, Mao presented “vol. 2: cabal”, an installation of ceramic-based sculptures at PAOS in Guadalajara, Mexico and participated in the group show “The Waste Land” and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York and “Luego La Forma” at Galeria de Art Mexicano and “Escultura de la Tierra” at Complejo Cultural Los Pinos in Mexico City. Last December he created a site specific installation with AGUAS in the special projects section of Untitled Art Fair in Miami. He has presented his work in a large variety of exhibitions and projects, including the IX Bienal De Artes Visuales Nicaraguenses, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Anonymous Gallery, Present Company, Allegra LaViola Gallery, Invisible-Exports, and Andrew Edlin Gallery. Mao has been awarded multiple residencies including Casa Wabi in Mexico, The Lijiang Studio and Red Gate Gallery in China, The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, OAZO-AIR in Amsterdam, and Flash Atöyle in Turkey. Mao’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and the Bangkok Post. Upcoming in May 2020, Mao will have a solo exhibition at Fierman Gallery in New York.

Kavel Rafferty

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Kavel Rafferty is a queer illustrator and artist based in the creative seaside town of Margate, near London UK. 

Kavel works with drawing, found materials, paper ephemera, textures, photography, paint and collage. 

Everything used in her project ‘Welcome To My Head - Margate to Mexico City’ at Casa Lü will be sourced in CDMX, the majority of it from flea markets and or street finds. Using as much second hand and sustainable material as possible means these pieces will have little impact environmentally.

Colours will be taken from her exploration of the barrios.

Kavel has no control over what she finds, depending on the day, the market, her luck, serendipity, but she will control how the viewer see these paper ‘treasures’. An organised chaos of image and colour. 

Kavel will create a room setting, using redacted images and text. These palimcest assembledges will paper the walls of her room. An immersive installation based on her experiences in this wonderfully vibrant City. 

Garret Kane

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Garret Kane is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn NY developing the concept of Neo-Naturalism, defined as the distortion and recreation of ‘base nature’ through human technology. A childhood and adolescence spent immersed in his own imagination and drawings, he  graduated from SUNY Albany with a major in communications and minor in fine art. 

Shortly after he began a career as an art director in advertising, working his way up to a Creative Director role. Over the course of the next decade he spent every spare second learning both traditional and 3D sculpting techniques until finally he left advertising to pursue sculpture full-time. Since then he’s had several solo exhibitions, installations in New York’s Flatiron building, a residency in Brazil and an upcoming residency in Mexico City.

As a mixed media sculptor, Garret strives to capture the fragility and beauty of human nature. But it is his ethos that in today’s world, drawing attention to a problem is not enough. The art itself should aim to fix it. That’s why 10% of all profits from the sale of work is donated to environmental charities.

Martin Zawadzki

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Martin Zawadzki lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Active as a visual artist, producer, author and filmmaker. His mostly documentary approach to his work, he explores realities on different levels with different techniques including photography, painting, video, sound and language. In 1995 he got his Diploma from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His graduation film ISOLATOR II was awarded with Preis der deutschen Filmkritik and Adolf-Grimme-Preis in 1998. Currently he is working on a documentary radio feature with the title: BINDUNGSLOS – DETACHED.

At Casa Lü he will show graphic art prints of scratched windows from the Metro CDMX, a continuation of a former project he did in Berlin with scratched windows from the Berlin tube. 

“Due to their condition, the removed window panes from the Berlin S-Bahn were used like printing plates, so that the marks left by random passengers were put on paper. The „originals" are the potential basis for a print run through its conversion. This procedure demonstrates that any gesture of rebellion and destruction (and thus also scratching) can be translated into a cultural language, into a cultural convention. The artistic use of “printing plates" also shows the formal qualities of certain examples of scratching that have already been qualified as irrelevant or harmful.”CK

Ali Printz

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Ali Printz is a historical, figurative painter and curator who splits her time between Appalachia and Philadelphia. She works with various mediums including oil, acrylic, collage, sewn fabric, as well as technology-based mediums. Her work explores ideas of throw-away culture and discarded photographic memories and the reworking of these in order to draw attention to societal and environmental issues. Her most recent projects include “Debtfair,” a piece by Occupy Museums in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, “Appalachian Spring” a traveling solo show within Appalachia in 2018, and a number of group shows in 2019-20. Ali was born in West Virginia and considers herself an Appalachian artist. She has lived and worked in Spain, Panama, Washington, D.C, and resided in New York City until beginning her PhD in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from West Virginia University in 2009 and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2012. She is currently pursuing a cross disciplinary PhD in Modern and Contemporary Appalachian Art and Painting at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. 

Kelsey Shwetz

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Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian born painter who lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. She completed the Advanced Painting Intensive at Columbia University, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, Pratt Institute, and Laguardia Community College. Shwetz has exhibited in New York, Miami, Germany, Slovakia, Toronto, and Montreal and was awarded fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and CanSerrat Residency in Barcelona. Publications featuring her work include: Maake Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. Her most recent solo exhibition was in the spring of 2018 at Brethren Gallery in New York. 

Leon Bowers 

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London–based artist, illustrator, painter Leon Bowers invites the viewer to explore peculiar dreamscapes, each of which reflects the rich tapestry of ideas, insights and anxieties entangled in the deepest recesses of his subconscious. 


Unfurling beyond the confines of figurative images, his work reflects a search for a more honest approach to painting and drawing. He yearns for a somnambulistic style that, informed by his background in portraiture, is entirely more fluid, evoking not only the amorphous texture, but also the sense of boundlessness of dreams. 


Leon Bowers was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 and relocated to London, UK in 2004. He participated in the Turps painting course in London. To date, Bowers’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at On The Floor, London, UK (2019), Exposure Gallery, London, UK (2014) and Tina We Salute You, London, UK (2011) and included in group exhibitions at Mall Galleries, London (2019), PADA, Lisbon, Portugal (2019) and World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2007). He lives and works in East London, UK.

Nicole Brunel

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Nicole uses sculpture, music, video and coding to create spaces of alternate reality. These spaces are defined by mutability; of identity, of humour and of space-time. Their stories speak of similarities between non-binary gender, particle wave duality, and carabiners.

Antonio de la Rosa

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Antonio de la Rosa, Mexico City 1983. An active nature drove Antonio to the art practice, primarily through painting which he has been doing for more than a decade non stop. His painting routine consists of mixing acrylics to study colour on different surfaces like dry leafs or post cards. Antonio has a College degree at UIA on Industrial Design and a Masters on Visual Arts in UNAM. The main theme around his designs and his works of art are nature based, focusing primarily on the study of plants and landscapes, using wood to express it on. Antonio's paintings are interventions on different objects and his main focus is around the idea of time passing by and its impact on the surface of all things, even us.

Tyler Witzel

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Tyler Witzel was born in British Columbia, Canada in 1985. Raised in a rural, off-the-grid homestead within the interior of the province, these formative years in nature and relative isolation would lead to the development of themes that are present in his work today. Tyler attended the School for Arts and Technology in 2005 in Kelowna, with a focus on film and experimental animation. He has recently returned to Vancouver Island from some years living and working in Berlin, Germany. Currently based out of Victoria, B.C. Tyler is creating work primarily in the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture and experimental animation.

Carmen Schabracq

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Carmen Schabracq was born in Amsterdam, where she currently lives and works. In 2012 she received a BA in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, after a year of painting studies at the Academia de Belle Arti in Rome. In 2015 she completed a MFA in Theatre Costume Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerpen, with a research and a body of work which she called 'naked masks’. In 2017-2018 she received ‘the new maker fund’ of the Dutch performing arts fund, with which she made two in situ visual performances.

Her work consists of performances, paintings, sculptural installations, photo and video work, in which she uses her selfmade objects, costumes and scenography to create her own world and tell stories to deal with life and death. “In my work I try to relate to human identity. Every human exists out of many faces, all of whom originate from the perception of the other. A mask is an object to represent the multilayered character and is a tool for a ritual or performance, to become ‘the other’. Masks and their rituals have the will to embody ideas and the aesthetic search for the meaning of life through art.

Julia Glatfelter

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With mixed media and sculptural installation, Julia brings awareness to conditions of humanity. Attention to journalism on topics of human conflict, migration and gender enable her to reiterate truths through inaudible methods. When words falter, she uses art to further awareness of what is true in our world and of those in it. Julia currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She previously studied Elementary Art Education at Gordon College in Massachusetts and has taught the fundamentals of the visual arts in settings across the East Coast and as far as Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the past year, she self-published a children's literature book about the true story of a radical art education program from Boston. That story inspired her to craft her latest education endeavor: a bilingual aftercare art program in Baltimore City. While at Casa Lü, she anticipates further developing her visual work about migration.

Tim Belliveau

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Tim Belliveau was born in Montréal and received a BFA in glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005 and an MFA in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia in 2017. He co-founded Bee Kingdom glass studio in 2005, assisted with the launch of Berlin Glas e.V. in 2012 and occasionally collaborates with sibling and fellow artist, Elisabeth Belliveau. His artwork is influenced by many years working as a technician and teacher, with a focus on the intersection of craft traditions and digital technologies.

Charlotte Haywood and Edward Horne

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Charlotte Haywood and Edward Horne are artists based in Australia. They work collaboratively and independently as interdisciplinary artists across: installation, architecture, theatre, sculpture, video, textiles, pedagogy and through inter-cultural collaborations, techniques and materials.


Their creative partnership is linked by a common questioning of dominant cultural, political and ecological practices. Exploring circular economies, biomimicry, multi-narratives and reciprocity in their work. They have been awarded multiple Australia Council for the Arts grants to realise their projects. They are collected by ARTBANK, Museum of Applied Arts + Sciences, Sydney, Australian National Archive of film + sound and privately.

Heidi Cooper

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Heidi Cooper is multimedia artist with a focus on experimental video, performance, and analogue photography. Her work revisits multicultural identity, family history and food as a means of story telling. She is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she is the curator of the Saigon Experimental Film Festival.

Brooklynn Johnson

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Brooklynn Johnson works in painting, sculpture, and performance. Her work explores both the psychology of landscape and the terrain of the subconscious. She received her MFA from UC Davis and is currently based in California.

Luz María Fernández

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Luz María Fernández is a Chilean artist who works with painting, drawing and installation. Her work examines the psychology of masses and manipulation of the human mind, by representing enigmatic scenes of religious cults. Additionally, she has worked in art direction for fashion editorials and advertising. She lives and work in Santiago, Chile.

Carla Gulesserian

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Carla Gulesserian's work is mainly focused on portraiture, natural studies and color. She studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago followed by a year as a visiting student at Goldsmiths University in London. She is currently working in Mexico City on different personal and commissioned projects.

Christine Longoria

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Christine Longoria is a mixed media artist and entrepreneur in sustainable fashion. She studied Sculpture at San Francisco State University, where she developed her passion for visual aesthetic and the use of reclaimed materials. In 2013 Longoria moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion, and in 2015 she launched her own design label - Dear Survivor. Her dual identity as an artist and designer has led to a variety of opportunities - from living in a sculpture studio in Budapest to having her design work featured in Vogue. Longoria now runs her brand and design studio in San Diego, CA.

Cody Howell

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Cody Howell is a California-based photographer and producer. He studied Art & Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an emphasis on Photography. After working in the commercial advertising world for the last six years the rich colors and clean aesthetic has influenced his recent work as he has transitioned into studio portraiture and fashion. He currently resides in San Diego, CA along with his wife and fellow artist, Christine Longoria.

Sally Scopa

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Sally Scopa’s work relates the practice of painting to the daily practice of managing and shaping the body. Through her large-scale abstractions of clothing and decorative objects, she explores the cultural significance of craft and design, as well as the artistry of presenting the body and fashioning the self. Scopa approaches painting as a system of rules that were made to be broken, often probing the medium’s traditional boundaries of taste and seriousness by incorporating consumer symbols and intervening sculpturally in the picture plane. 

Sally graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, and from Stanford University in 2019 with an MFA in Art Practice. She is from San Francisco, California (b. 1990). Recent shows include a two-person exhibition at Mills College, Oakland and participation in the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition at SOMArts in San Francisco, California. 

Jada Schumacher

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Jada Schumacher runs a materials-obsessed design studio in New York City. She is a Color Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Color and Trend Reporter for the Government of Japan.

Jessica Ramirez

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Jessica is a first generation Mexican-American from Houston, Texas.  In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture at the University of Houston, and her Master of Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009.  In 2013, she accepted a teaching position in New York City as Professor of Art at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.  In her practice, she has been working on a series of sculptures that discuss ideas with historical and social connection to assimilation, suppression, and a search for identity.  Using regional fabrics, she reconstructs forms that reference place and home, having the aloe vera plant plays a central part in her current series.

Evan Nilsson

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Evan Nilsson is a queer, non-binary, first generation Australian, born in Naarm (Melbourne), and raised in the Hume region of North-Eastern Victoria. They have recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Nilsson’s multidisciplinary practice involves photography, textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture, video and performance. They are interested in the intersection between performance and other forms of art making; in particular, the way in which all forms of art making have a performativity and all materials have a story. Nilsson’s current work revolves around spirituality and contradiction: being at once believing and non-believing; here and there; real and fake; deliberate and accidental. Through research into religion, mythology, royalty, theatre and philosophy they create narratives and characters that play with science fiction, false histories and cultural coding. These characters are staged, filmed and photographed within constructed environments that are then presented as the final work. Nilsson’s most recent exhibitions include- a solo show: ‘Majesty’ at Trocadero Art Space in Footscray, ‘Emerge: Photographic Edition’ at Brunswick Street Art Gallery; ‘Group Conversations: Australia’s Shame’ at George Paton Gallery; and, ‘Proud’ at The Margaret Lawrence Gallery.

Rodrigo Angel Jimenez-Ortega

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Rodrigo is an artist from San Diego and Tijuana who is currently working in Brooklyn. His work is an exploration of his personal history, ideas and heritage. He uses the images and motifs from his childhood and culture as references to produce imagery that plays on ideas of identity construction, and culture assimilation, blending and rejection. He allows each painting to develop independent of the others, giving an individual approach to each idea with a specific style.  This manner of working is meant to allow his paintings to develop as they should.  His work references and is informed by his dual nationality, as well as by his interest in video games, films, comics, and history.

Julia Schrecengost

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Julia is a multidisciplinary artist working within printmaking, sculpture, painting, and poetry. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2018 with a degree in studio art, and participated in a studio internship at Women's Studio Workshop the following fall. Her art-making process first involves going for walks and collecting organic or forgotten materials - a dead plant, a seed pod, a rusted piece of metal. While exploring these spaces she looks for objects that remind her of the body, for materials that can be reinvented, for plants that have died but can be brought to a new life. When she removes them from that space, she strips them of their context; taking the objects apart, she pieces them back together, molding various emotions and experiences into something new. The end products of these collected materials vary; she often use them as textures for prints, whether that means directly applying them to the plate with monotype, exposing them to a screen, imprinting their textures onto a copper plate using soft ground, or inking up the physical object with collagraph. In her sculptural work, she responds to the properties of the materials she has found and create intricate, delicate pieces, sometimes dipping these into plaster or paper pulp and leaving them to harden and dry. The methods used in her sculptural work are often intuitive, repetitive and laborious. Her work is a reflection of herself: tense but expressive, fragile yet assertive. Experiences with injury and chronic pain inform her everyday life and are tied, wrapped, sewn, etched, and scratched into her work. She is interested in representing the interior of the body, the invisible pain, the materials that hold it all together—ligaments, bone, tissue, blood vessels. 

Troy Argyros

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Troy Argyros is a Melbourne based artist specialized in representational drawing and oil painting. Troy is interested in portraying the contemporary world using the time-honoured, universal language of realism, and remaining faithful to the beauty that nature offers.  

Amy Hoagland

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Amy Hoagland is a Louisville, KY born artist based in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on the role that humankind plays within nature, discussing how man’s technological advancements are progressing Earth’s ever evolving structure.

Julie Falk

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Julie Falk's artistic practice is driven by a material curiosity and tactile sensibility that uses sculptural traditions as well as ideas from science fiction and object-oriented ontology to investigate relationships between people, things and materials around us. Futurology about new biotechnology or eco-systems is not the goal, but rather a meditation on what it means to be present in a world that doesn’t create solutions. 

Amy Stoker

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Amy Stoker is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her research-based practice combines performance and installation to examine culinary traditions and rituals. As a woman raised in the American South, her practice looks at the ways race, gender, and religion impact how communities are formed and performed around food. Amy received her BFA with honors from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has conducted performances internationally in Cuba and has been included in exhibitions domestically, including New York City and Chicago. In early 2019, Amy was an artist-in-residence at Pike School of Art in McComb, Mississippi. Currently, she is a part-time faculty member in the First-Year Study program Parsons School of Art & Design in NYC.

Emilio Jimone

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Emilio Jimone (México City, 1978) Studied at ‘Escuela Nacional de Artes Pláticas’ and ENPEG, he also studied one semester at L’Ecolé Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Angers, France and did a residency at Cemac, France. He obtained the scholarship Jovenes creadores, FONCA and has participated in several group exhibitions in Mexico, France, Japan, Bolivia, Guatemala and  Belgium.

Emilio is interested in drawing, painting, installation and graphics. Aware of the visual possibilities of the image to generate projects in situ or of experimental nature. He works with great interest in the human sensibility with nature as a spiritual path of self healing as a collective.

Sara Shafran

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Humbled by her creator. Sara is forever searching for a sense of meaning and belonging in the mystery of life and death. Artistic practice and thinking is one of many ways Sara is searching. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA,  2009, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, MFA, 2017. She is excited to find herself in CDMX and thankful to be a part of the beautiful community of artists, Casa Lü.

Elizabeth Thorp

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Elizabeth Thorp is a sculptor and an illustrator. With her sculpture, Liz explores our engagement with objects and the way in which materials provide both accurate and misleading evidence as to the story of things. Her illustrations are often biographical and serve to record people, places and experiences. Previously working out of Oakland, California Liz is now in search of a new home base. 

Hana Koob

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Hana Koob is a New York based artist who is a recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Using sculpture, photography, and drawing she investigates the relationship between humans and their surroundings as well as the impact of humans on the environment.  Hana hopes her work will encourage people to engage with their surroundings, reflect on their interaction with it, and question the modern dichotomy between nature and culture. 

Clementine Hardcastle

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Clementine Hardcastle is a visual artist living and working between London and Berlin. She studied Fashion Communication and has previously been working as an Art Director at Burberry, London. Clementine is now focusing on photography and curating, shooting intuitively between her phone, 35mm and medium format. Experimenting with light, colours and printing techniques, she documents the spaces and cultures around her.

Elicia Epstein

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Elicia is a multimedia artist working across sculpture, installation,publication, and documentary photography and video. At the foundationof her work is the impulse to engage with communities around her,question the world’s order, and rewrite the narratives that hold ittogether.

Nick Borenstein

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Nick Borenstein is a New York-based writer, director and performer. He wrote, directed and starred in TRIP, a comedic digital series that was a selection of IFP's Screen Forward Lab and premiered on He also wrote, directed and starred in THE BUDDY SYSTEM, a short film that was a selection at the LA Comedy Festival and developed into a digital series for His most recent digital series was a finalist for the Sundance Institute's YouTube New Voices Lab and he will be releasing three new short films in 2019. Alongside filmmaking, Nick has also worked in the programming, casting and marketing departments at ABC, NBC, HBO, Comedy Central, Pivot TV, Hud:sun Media and Topic Studios. 

Alexa Hoyer

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With a background in sculpture, Alexa Hoyer now works in photography and installation and has exhibited internationally, including recent exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas, NV, the Inside Out Arts Museum in Beijing, the Glyndor Gallery / Wave Hill in New York City, and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Her photographs were published in, Wall Street International, DOMUS and Harper’s Magazine amongst others. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Alexa received a BFA from the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Webster University in Saint Louis, MO and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.Courtney

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Geneva Haley

Geneva Haley is an artist and tattooer who hails from the middle of nowhere Alberta, Canada. She credits her rural roots as a key influence in her contemporary work. Haley studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, completing her Bachelor of Design in Illustration. 


Her work evokes a specific anxiety that attempts to bring landscape painting into current environmental and social context through pointed suggestions of human intervention. The environment acts as a personified subject in an ongoing visual narrative. Often representational in appearance, the work exhibits a distinct and almost comical lack of romanticism. 


Her 2019 show SCRAPS, is currently on tour across western Canada through the Alberta Foundation For the Arts. When she is not working she is singing with her band Stripmall.

Bridgette McNab

Bridgette McNab is a graphic still life and portrait painter currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Employing a mise-en-scene approach to painting, McNab’s serialized compositions self reflexively examine fantasy, fiction and artifice. Created using a lexicon of appropriationist techniques, McNab forges fictional realities in which her subjects live, exploring the performative nature of contemporary culture

Joseph White

Joseph White is a composer, performer, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He focuses on distortions and corrosions of traditional harmony, timbre, pop aesthetic and form - frequently using electronic samples, and digital processing to warp seemingly-familiar sound worlds, and thwart audience expectations. His writing and performance practice are based around one-man musical radio plays which explore themes of American political history, masculinity, decadence, and body image. His recent piece, "The Wagging Craze" was recently featured at Ars Nova's ANTFest 2019, and One Night Stand series, will be released as an album on Brooklyn indie label Gold Bolus Recordings in March of 2020, and will additionally be presented at the Prague Fringe in May of 2020.

Chris M Rodgers

Chris M Rodgers is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. He earned his BA from West Virginia State University, a post-baccalaureate from Kansas State University, studied at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and completed his MFA this past spring from the University of Arkansas.


This year he was awarded the Lighton International Exchange Arts Program grant to participate at the c.r.e.t.a. Rome residency and the Kiln God Award to attend a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Before starting the residency at Casa Lü Tlalpan he was a fall resident at Ox-Bow School of Art. He has exhibited through the United States, as well as in Taiwan, China, and Italy. 

Lizzy Gabay

Born in New York in 1993, Lizzy Gabay earned her BA in Fine Art from the Roski School of Art at the University of Southern California. She currently lives and works in New York City. Gabay’s paintings focus on the effect memory has on our experience of physical space and personal identity, and the reciprocal influence that identity holds over our experience of space.


For Gabay, the act of viewing is a kind of daydreaming. To enter the space of her paintings is also to enter the realm of memory. The confluence of represented time and place with the spatio-temporal context of the viewer creates a dual experience that Gabay investigates further in her material use of mesh cutouts. These screen windows offer a vantage point into other spaces while serving as material interventions of the here and now. This multiplicity of physical orientations parallels the accumulation of remembered times and places within the mind. 

Margaux Barsac

Margaux Barsac was born in Bordeaux, France. After studying Graphic Design in Bordeaux, she studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Her relationship to poetry began when she became aware of its ability to "pass a thread between things of the most heterogeneous aspect" (André Breton), and all the freedom that it includes. She resumes Pierre Reverdy's  games of analogy in her practice, especially while working on her show’s installation, where a thread weaves between the photographs to allow the eye to discover the continuity. She finds inspiration in photographers like Adams, Sudek, Albers or Mulas, it was through their silver prints that her interest was revealed.

Nonetheless it is Raoul Hausmann for whom she has the deepest gratitude, because of the modesty of his subjects, his tones of gray, his work on the structure and the composition of the elements, the body,  the expanses of the landscape. In addition, drawing holds an important place in her practice, where the line and the horizon are very present. 

Claude Dumas, Lucas Bouan, Madeleine Calafell, Melinda Fourn, Hugo Guérin, Zoé Moineaud, Nicolas Quiriconi, Elsa Shao, Lucile Soussan

Claude Dumas, professor and creator of the pottery workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, brought together eight of his students to make a residency at Casa Lü. 

Born in Roanne in 1955, Claude Dumas graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris in 1981. Upon graduating, he founded a design company he will lead for ten years before taking the direction of CREAR, Institute of Crafts and Communication. In 1996, he became assistant to Georges Jeanclos then Giuseppe Penone. In 2002, he created the workshop of Ceramics in the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Excellent technician, Claude Dumas has a practice of sculpture that questions the very nature of the medium. Primarily working in ceramics, he uses the earth both for its intrinsic properties and its ability to absorb a different nature. The inorganic thus defies gravity and metamorphoses indifferently into a shoot, a skull or an egg in order to probe the very foundations of life.

Chris Bury

Chris Bury is an emerging artist, curator and director based in Nipaluna/Hobart, Lutrawita/Tasmania. In December 2018, he finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the Tasmanian College of the Arts - working under Neil Haddon and Yvette Watt. Since graduating he has spent his time co-founding and directing GoodGrief Studios, a new artist run initiative which houses 15 studios, a gallery and a project space. His practice centres on the traditional medium of paint whilst simultaneously exploring the possibilities of showcasing video and sound works. He draws off social theories, constructed realities and an ill-conceived sense of place. As a result of this focus, the work tends to describe the emotional resonance of marginalized communities, outsiders and strangers.

Laila van Berge

Laila van Berge is a young artist from Amsterdam, driven by the absurdity in the ordinary.In her practice she focusses on the contemporary appearance of religiosity and myth in the most ordinary things in daily life. Intrigued by the smallest and simplest forms of daily routines or rituals and displays or altars. She plays in a field of belief and desire. Wanders where the sacral and the secular battle and trend and tradition are in tension. Here marketing became the new form of mythologizing. A world wherein abstract and inner ideals, fears and hopes are materialized in symbol and narrative. From the mash of the spiritual spectacle and commercial catharsis arises a colorful and chaotic aesthetic, characteristic for her work.

Amanda Wall

Amanda Wall, born in 1971, grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. Her Native American heritage influences her spiritual and psychological approach to her art. Her background in communication design, advertising, tattooing, and gallery assistant lead to pursuing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at Pratt Institute where she is currently in her second year. Wall as a child, would draw on the back of the offering envelopes in church and painted her first oil at age seven. She was raised by country gospel singers, a talent passed down on her mother’s Cherokee side. In her work, concepts are derailed, altered, reimaged and reinvented in the experience of painting. Process can change, and often does, in the middle of the process. Flexibility is key to listening and obeying the inner voice. 

Cindy Rehm

Cindy Rehm is a Los Angeles based artist and an educator. She serves as co-facilitator of the Cixous Reading Group, and is co-founder of the feminist-centered projects Craftswoman House and Feminist Love Letters. Rehm’s interdisciplinary practice moves between the genres of drawing, performance, and video to address the cultural suppression of women’s narratives and the legacy of hysteria. Her work is informed by research into printed ephemera, literary criticism, and the history of women’s art and writing. Rehm’s work has been shown at venues including: Elephant; Los Angeles, Woman Made Gallery; Chicago, LACE; Los Angeles, Goliath Visual Space; Brooklyn, Paul Robeson Gallery; Rutgers, ARC Gallery; Chicago, Transformer; Washington DC, Interaction IV; Sardinia, Italy, the Archeological Museum; Varna, Bulgaria and at Mains d’Oeuvres; Saint Ouen, France.

Justin Korver

Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program where he interned with Phoebe Washburn who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally and was recently an Artist-In-Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary.

Marianna Trofimova

LIFE WITHOUT ART IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME. MY LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING. I take a sketchbook everywhere, sketching plants, objects, people, ideas; finding elements that I use in my more structured, finished work. Drawing is a way of seeing, and feeling, the world around me.

I am a traditionally-trained fine artist and received an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2007. I incorporate numerous techniques I learned at Pratt in my current work. I create in many forms - painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and sculptural jewelry.

The main idea in my work is "Beauty will save the world!" I think Dostoevsky said that. For me, finding beauty in the mundane is a way of redeeming necessity, a way of engaging in a conversation with the world, and a way to be an active participant in my own becoming.

The flowers I draw represent life to me. They are fragile and strong at the same time, so beautiful at their bloom, and yet it is a moment when they are starting to die. Still, they awake next year, are reborn. This cycle reminds us of our mortality, and yet sustains us: Many times during our lives we have to reinvent ourselves, and the time before that moment may be dark and difficult, but without it, new beginnings and possibilities will not open up, and we will not grow as human beings.

Anna Carlson

Anna is a multi-disciplinary artist from Brighton, UK. Over the last year she has been pursuing a particular body of work, ‘COURT’; an ongoing exploration of sports courts and pitches with a curiosity for their aesthetics, geometry and their roles in social infrastructure, cultural and individual memory and nostalgia.


The work has taken the form of paintings, printmaking, sketches, photography and painting court markings in public places in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Mexico. 


Anna’s recently produced her first solo show, ‘COURT’, in Brighton which ran throughout the month of May 2019. She produced a range of studio works as well as painted, sound and video installations within the space.

Noah Kashiani

Noah Kashiani's work carefully balances harmony and discord. Kashiani's work communicates the idea of artwork as a product, exposing the irony of today’s gluttonous society. Nods to consumerism are often represented which explore the idea of exclusivity, value, and the translucent validation that comes with material items. Noah Kashiani has shown in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia and has participated in residencies in Spain and Los Angeles.

Sheena Matheiken and Maximón Monihan

Sheena Matheiken and Maximón Monihan are Brooklyn-based filmmakers who run the subterranean film collective, Bricolagista!. Their award-winning debut feature film, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS, played at over 30 international film festivals and was distributed by Factory25. Based on true events, La Voz is a modern-day silent film about a deaf immigrant girl who arrives in New York City as a trafficking victim. Their second feature, SEA TO SHINING SEA, is a satirical hybrid documentary shot across 16 states of the US, capturing the current tumultuous state of all things red, white and blue. The film is playing theatrically and scheduled to have a VOD release in 2019. The duo is now shooting a new film in Mexico City, as part of their residency at Casa Lu.

Julia Kansas

Julia makes drawings, paintings and ceramics that explore narratives surrounding boredom, vice and identity. Portraits and still lifes convey moments of contentment and contemplation. Leisure and boredom are luxuries that she exploits and distorts by filtering through humour and sincerity in order to create works that are simultaneously mundane and stimulating. 


For the past couple of years she has fervently created a series of portraits of real and imagined women paired with autobiographical still lifes. Soft pastels, gouache, oil paint, charcoal, pencil crayon, ceramic, and animation are some of the tools she uses to create her work. Julia exploits many different mediums to create these images because she embraces experimentation as a large part of her practice. Each image or object plays a role in her continued exploration of what ennui and leisure mean in contemporary culture.


Julia lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

Marie Hazard

The know-how in my opinion is first of all a savoir-être. I am a weaver. At 24, I weave the invisible threads of an intimate story that does not know how to say otherwise. Trained in textile handicraft training in London – Central Saint Martins – I acquired the weaving skills that taught me a job, a safety in doing it, but also the daring of incorporate more contemporary elements from other arts: painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and photography. I could add calligraphy, poetry, exploration is infinite.

On my old wooden loom, I weave miles of coiled threads that are released and mingle according to a well-established and thoughtful framework. Weaving is the art of miscegenation. I juxtapose photos, paintings on paper, materials, colours, folds and folds. It is a dance with the craft, a ritual and slow dance with the arms and the whole body that repeats endlessly the ancestral gesture of the craftsman, which requires physical commitment and self-sacrifice. All this should not be interrupted, I would lose my own drawing as the thread of my story.

After a long preparatory work, I choose my natural paper and linen threads, dye them, put them on the job, collect my images from everyday life, my own photos or those cut from magazines, I assemble them, paint them again or redraw them, then I print them on weaving by the process of sublimation or digital printing. It is an adventure playground where living universes are created that move and question. The stakes are there: it’s about capturing something of the energy of the world, and using the threads like the spider that weaves its web, making a mechanical work a unique piece.

Jackie Dives

Jackie Dives explores themes of identity, family, and mental health through photography, film, and mixed media. While working as a doula she began photographing women giving birth and this led to her interest in documenting social justice issues through the lens of the female gaze. Inspired by artists Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, and Mary Ellen Mark, Dives' works are diaristic, vulnerable, and sometimes confrontational. Her work has been published internationally, including in CBC Arts, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Bloomberg Business, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean's.

Bruno Albizzati

Bruno Albizzati, born in 1988, lives and works in Paris, France

Rooted in the use of paper and cardboard, his work articulates itself through different techniques such as charcoal, graphite powder and pigments on the one hand, spray paint and textured matters on the other.


The porosity between different experiments is a key element of his work. Through various processes, he explores the possibility of creating through the partial use of deletion. Influenced by the way mineral surfaces are eroded through time, or by how light structures a specific space, he intends to render the experience of an esthetic shift.

He graduated from Arts Déco Paris in 2012.

Since 2009, his work has been included in multiple collective exhibitions, notably at Centre Pompidou (2009) or Maison de l’Architecture (2013) in collaboration with various galleries and curators such as Odile Burluraux, of the Paris Modern Art Museum (2013) and Alicia Knock from Centre Pompidou (2016). His work is regularly shown in several International Art Fairs including the Spring Break Art Show in NYC, Art Paris Art Fair at Grand Palais, Art Central Hong Kong or Art Stage Singapore. Recent personal and two-persons exhibitions took place at Schuebbe Inc., Düsseldorf (2015) and Galerie La Forest Divonne in Paris (2017) and Brussels (2017-2018).

Lori LeChien

What happens when you give a gospel/soul singer a cherry red semi-hollow body guitar and some pedals? Well, you get people clapping, singing, and dancing. Juxtaposing an eclectic mix of soul, folk and hip-hop, Southern Illinois native Miss Lori LeChien knows how to bring people together with the music of Talk2Strangers. 


Audiences not only feel inspired to sing along and clap to the music, but to also shed their fears and turn strangers into friends. We all need a safe space to feel loved and accepted, and the music of Talk2Strangers creates that healing space in order to build a more beloved community.


 Miss Lori sang background vocals on Portugal the Man's 2017 Grammy Award-winning record "Woodstock" and on Electric Guest’s 2017 record “Plural”. She is wrapping  up a self-titled Talk2Strangers LP with producers Cole M. Greif-Neill (Beck, Snoop Dogg) John Barnes III (Pharcyde,The Roots), and Jon Gilbert (Pete Yorn, Off!) and has  plans to release a single in 2019. 

Courtney Coombs

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection. 

Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours and has been awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney),  the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). 

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, love and sex are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. They resulting collages, drawings, sculptures and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark sexual symbolism.


Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria) and Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany).


She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the

innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.

Estelle Fournier

Estelle Fournier is a French multi-disciplinary artist born in 1991 and based in Glasgow.  She graduated from her master with honors at the Glasgow School of Art in 2015. She recently performed for Casual Nexus in Glasgow (Uk), RUNG Trinity Centre, Bristol (Uk) had a solo show Tacky Serenade in Mottattom, Geneva (Ch) ; curated a performances night I Want It that Way at 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow (Uk); performed for Urara Tsuchiya and Richard Dodwell for Dragon Palace Entertainment at Glasgow International (Uk). She aims to underline an alternative live stream reality using narration, make believe and expectations that merge from our craving of embellishment into the everyday life. We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. From our culture : the big capital H historic one, the pop one, urban myths etc… the food of this dream to us : the narrators, the fools, the heroes.

Charlie Mai

Charlie Mai, Virginia United states,  is a recent graduate from Bard college working in Performance, sculpture and Print. His work focuses on the notion of country to the mixed race person. The placelessness and necessary personal myth that accompanies living in a nation that has no room for you in its imaginary.  

Namen Basil

Namen Basil lives and works in Bogotá,Colombia. He studied Illustration and visual communication at Westminster in London and a masters in VXF at ESCAC Barcelona.

He show us his view of the world through animation, he is interested in mechanics of life and our experience through it as human beings. He believes that our experiences are but repetitions of our past transformed into  more developed and solid situations. With the passage of time we evolve our minds.

Gabrielle Birnholz

Guest artist

Brought up on the African continent, with roots in France, the USA and Eastern Europe, Gabrielle Birnholz comes from a culturally-mixed background. Because of her international life experience, Gabrielle makes it a moral commitment to produce photographic documents with the aim to retain heritage and the precariousness of life. She also seeks to build bridges of understanding by investigating notions of perception. Using photographic tools and other mediums, she produces fictional stories and, questions the intangible and the spiritual world.

Gabrielle Birnholz is a multidisciplinary artist and photographer based in Paris, France. She has studied fine arts at Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne of Rennes (EESAB), and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris (ENSBA), as well as 12 years of dance in various institutions. The influence of western education has helped her coin academic and experiential languages to express her nomadic and transcultural vision. She has been involved as a photographer in anthropological and textile research in West Africa and she is currently investigating "The Feminine Power" while in Mexico at the Casa Lü art residency.

Emma del Rey

Emma del Rey lives and works  in Miami.  Her practice includes photography, 2d work  and sculpture. She is interested in acknowledging subtle relations between specific arrangements, evoking moments of balance. Her intention is  to engage with the viewer by creating a space of tranquillity, where objects and the space in between those objects give way to connection. Focusing on their relation to each other, they aim to work in unison as an arrangement.

Blythe Cain

Blythe currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, and has recently been accepted into the Goldsmiths MFA program in London for Fine Art (2018- 2020).  Blythe just finished her year with the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, which supports the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists.  Currently, she is completing a series of work at the artist residency, Casa Lu in Mexico City (July-Sept, 2018).  At Casa Lu Blythe will be working with local architectural facade materials and techniques found in this particular area of Mexico City.  Here, she will use local wood, glass, and metal for a series of window like wall sculptures that will explore transparent space and concepts of the non-space.

Blythe's works consists of multi faceted surface oriented excavation plates.   These forms are often excavated or carved out and viewed as convex or concave works.  Each piece follows motions of cutting, removing, and documenting creating a type of archaeological practice. This process is created in order to discover the thin veil of shared space or transparent space.  Concepts of the non-space are also inspired by:  (Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, by MICHEL FOUCAULT 1967).    The non-space or shared space of what is removed provides further explanation for that which isn't seen and lies in the physical concepts of transparency.

Maresa Carney

Maresa Carney (b.1984, Vienna, Austria) lives and works in Queens, New York. She studied art history and history in Vienna, and received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College New York, majoring in art history and studio art. She is the 2016 recipient of the Kossak Painting Fellowship and currently works in sculpture conversation in New York. 


Maresa had solo exhibitions with Bible gallery New York, This Friday or Next Friday New York, and participated in group shows with Fortress of Solitude New York, Bushwick Open Studios New York, as well as the Hunter College Art History Department New York. 


Maresa’s primary medium is painting. Her mostly large scale canvases are figurative, expressive, and dominated by strong narratives. Throughout her extensive travels, the artists documents contemporary as well as historical cultural identity. Her background and interest in literature, philosophy, and history, profoundly influence her process. In her work, Maresa draws from her own experience, as well as her substantial research in humanities. 

Johanna Breiding

Johanna Breiding is a photographer, video and installation artist that intersects analog and digital technologies to emphasize voice, movement and experiential pathos. Breiding attended Scripps College, the Glasgow School of Art and received her Masters from CalArts in Photography and Related Media. She has exhibited work at art venues and museums including Photo LA (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Ochi Projects (Los Angeles), Elga Wimmer Gallery (New York), the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Lenzner Gallery (Claremont), the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland). She is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Originally from  a small village in Switzerland, Johanna Breiding currently lives and works in Los Angeles where she has been teaching at SFAI, CalArts amongst other institutions and is currently a lecturer and visiting artist at Scripps College.

Jimena Montemayor

Guest artist

Jimena Montemayor (Mexico City, b. 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Mexico City. Graduated from University of Miami '12 in Graphic Design and Visual Journalism. Her practice explores physical energy, emotional impacts and environmental reactions into a visual and graphic language. Montemayor works with a variation of formats and materials from mixed media drawings and collages, digital pieces, to tridimensional stainless steel sculptures. As both a visual artist and graphic designer, she has collaborated not only within the art world, but also in the fields of fashion, photography and music. Her work has been exhibited during Zona Maco 2018, Arte Careyes 2017, Miami Art Basel 2013, 2014 as well as in other group shows in Mexico City, Miami and New York. 

Nooshin Rostami

Nooshin Rostami (b. Shahroud, Iran) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She grew up in the old and dusty megacity of Tehran and immigrated to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. Soon after her move, she finds herself in a place of exile and uncertain of the possibility to return to her home country. This unsettled journey of displacement shaped the core questions of her practice.As a multidisciplinary artist, Rostami works predominantly in performance, installation, and sculpture where she creates controlled systems of structures and simultaneously brings a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures. Within metaphorical constructions, she explores the traits of forms both liquified and structural to negotiate the relationship between some seemingly paradoxical concepts of human state: stable versus uncertain, controlled versus unruled, and static versus fluid. Through this process a series of abstract forms mutate into an amalgam of objects, constituting personal, social & political narratives. Rostami has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Her work has been featured in a number of publications such as Baumtestquarterly, Jadaliyya and Ajam Media Collective. She has participated in residencies both locally and internationally such as NARS and Tifa working studios. Her research interests pertain to system development, and the relationship of object and body to space, place, and landscape.

Lucie Coussa

Lucie Coussa, graduated from ENSAD in Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) and CFPJ (Centre de Formation des Photojournalistes).
She won the Leica price in photography (Second laureate) also the price of IGN (institut de Géographie Nationale). She has traveled around 30 countries and lived in India and Japan. She has shown her work in Tokyo, Marseille and Paris.

Alan Ramiro Manning

Alan Ramiro Manning (Los Angeles, 1989) Is a designer with a professional degree in architecture. He aspires to thread the natural discovery of sketching into the practice of building, creating and community making. His mantra is 'SeeTheLines Worldwide' by creating a collection of urban sketches through the medium of ink and watercolors. 

Saoirse Donegan

Saoirse was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in the United States. She holds a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has studied at the California College of the Arts. Her photographs deal with current events both in the US and Mexico. 

Jorge Rosano Gamboa

Guest artist

Jorge Rosano Gamboa (Mexico, 1984) is a visual artist who lives and works in Mexico City. He graduated from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda (2011). He studied the Master in Art Criticism and Production at SOMA. His solo exhibitions include Impermanencia, MUCA Roma, Mexico City (2013), Ominus, 1919 gallery, Berlin (2016) and Pentimento, Galería Breve, Mexico City (2017). Among his collective exhibitions are Nuestro Barrio, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, Dark Cartographies, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago (2016) and Blessed, Chalton Gallery, London. He has participated in art fairs in Mexico, Korea and Lima.

Taquito Jocoque

Guest artist

Taquito Jocoque was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on 1985. Her illustrations and work are influenced by growing up next to the border with the United States and by the 90´s POP culture.

Lucrezia de Fazio

Lucrezia de Fazio (Rome, 1993) Lives and works in Rome. Obtained honors on her BA in the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and did her MA in photography at Central Saint Martins in London where she had previously studied oil painting and sculpture. Her practice began with sculpture; she then felt the drive to experiment with video installations and mapping. Drawing is the skeleton and the root of her practice. Her work combines the matter and organic nature of sculpture with the immateriality of light and sound to create video-sculptures which recall the sphere of intimacy, perversions and the discourse with the unconscious. Lucrezia has shown her work in Norway, Poland, Mexico, Italy and the UK. 

José Ignacio Nuño

Guest artist

José Ignacio Nuño (Mexico City) studied industrial design with an specialization in visual arts at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. Over the last eight years he has been working as a founder and concept leader of Suhab, designing jewellery for Fabra, while painting on canvas and developing mural street art.

His commitment to sustainability permeates his whole work as an artist and as a designer. 

He is currently part of the Art Crit Academy mentorship program with David Kassan & Shana Levenson, working to further polish his drawing and painting techniques.

His line of research revolves around the development of the human spirit through drawings, paintings and designs that come from inspirational experiences in order to advance in the expression of personal truth. His work is guided by the search for moments in which you feel you are as close to the soul as possible.

Yonel Watene

Yonel Watene (Auckland, New Zealand. 1989) is a Maori artist, gallerist and curator indigenous to New Zealand. Lives and works in Dunedin where he founded and directs the alternative gallery SAVOIE de LACY (

He studied Business in Economics and Art and Design in the Auckland University of Technology. Yonel displays a willingness to explore different disciplines, having ventured into various realms that include painting, photography, sculpture and art writing. His practice is greatly invested in autobiographic narration, revisiting art historic traditions and homaging modern-cultures. He has recently exhibited at Yu Gallery, Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai, China. 

Noemie Vulpian

Guest artist

Noémie Vulpian (Valence, France. 1986) Lives and works in Mexico City. Her sculptural practice, both procedural and physical, results in simple, elementary forms of elegant ambiguity. She has taken a great interest in ancient, Mesoamerican and Middle Eastern arts. She studied at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Maison Rouge and the Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris and the Casa Wabi Fundación in Mexico.

Katherina Acevedo

Guest artist

Katherina Acevedo (Mexico City. 1988) is a self thought photographer. Lives and works in Los Ángeles, California. She is part of 

DAMAROSA, a female art collective comprised of diverse women

across the United States and Mexico, that seeks to celebrate the significant role of women throughout art, literature, and politics, while also spotlighting a new generation of influential female voices. 

Isauro Huizar

Guest artist

Isauro Huizar (Culiacán, Sinaloa, México. 1985) Develops professional work in interior design focusing on commercial spaces. Lives and works in México City. He studied architecture at Universidad de Monterrey and course the SOMA Academic Program. He works with different media and also performs site-specific work, rather than creating new objects, reorders and re contextualises what already exists. He directs the Muchas Cosas project ( which seeks to disseminate the thinking and ideas of the artists related to their vision and production.

Katrine Morel Munksgaard

Guest artist

Katrine Morel Munksgaard (Copenhagen, Denmark. 1991) recently finished her masters in Arts & Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Throughout her studies she has been working as an architect in both Mexico City and Copenhagen, gathering inspiration for her own work and studies by observing and learning two different ways of thinking and building architecture.

She aims to create a distinctive, architectural and artistic reflection in the preparation of proposals, which confronts both significant issues in her profession and society, but also subjects that are more concrete and poetic. 

Vicente Quesada

Guest artist

Vicente Quesada (Mexico City. 1984) studied Mechatronic Engineering in México City. In 2010, he earned his master’s degree in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from Sussex University, England, where he studied the evolution of human intelligence with the purpose of replicating it on intelligent digital systems. Vicente’s works arise from his exploration of reality and our place in the universe. Through digital images and simplified representations, Vicente studies our ephemeral existence, reflecting our origins and common fate. 

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