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Natalia Villanueva Linares

Born in 1982 (from Peru and France)
Lives between USA and France

Natalia Villanueva Linares, is a French-Peruvian artist, graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts of Paris with Highest honors. She lives and works in Paris and Peoria, IL (USA) where, since 2011, she transforms an abandoned church into a cultural center with Lrae(Teacher and word Artist).

Exhausted materials: ashes, dust, powders, and others travel through the work of Natalia; they are shared as traces of objects that she will not let us see. Her last exhibition, mysteriously titled, “The High pitch sisters of the great Colorial” does not escape her constant oscillation between revelation and concealment.

We would be deeply mistaken if we would try to find in the objects used by the artist – needles, thread spools… – a sign of a passion for homemaking; these materials are all primarily reflections on loss, repetition, and accumulation. In Sister n°0, focusing attention on the fragile, fine materials, seemingly of grand simplicity, she tries, in a balancing perspective, to combine the progressive stripping of spools, towards the colorless heart of wood or plastic, with the the unveiling of their cottony substance. Undoing what has been done, she patiently redefines; cutting after cutting, strand by strand, a new history is written as the little things are slowly exhausted.

Extract of the Text written By Camille Paulhan

Translated by LRAE

Individual Exhibitions
2016, « Devota Private », Home gallery, Peoria
2015, Prairie Center of the Arts Peoria
2014, « Les Sœurs Aigües du Grand Colorial », Galerie Dohyang Lee,   Paris
2012, « Write Spirit Village », Galerie Aran Cravey, Los Angeles CA.
« Je te pluierez », Espace 11 Bis, Paris
2010, « Thank You », DNSAP, ENSBA, Paris
2008, « Entrer… », Base Space Gallery, Chicago

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