Born in 1973, Mara De Luca lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. De Luca’s paintings evoke a sense of atmospheric abstractions that bring to mind dusk, sunsets, and planetary orbs.  Throughout her work there is a sense of reflected ambient light.

De Luca received an MFA from CalArts, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and is in prominent collections, including the Alexander Plaza Berlin, Germany; New York Medical College, New York; and the University of Oslo, Norway. She has been reviewed in Artforum, Cultured Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Artweek LA, and others.

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY

 

2017

GROUP SHOW, TOTAH, New York

2016

COSMIC CONNECTIONS, TOTAH, New York

LEAD ME THROUGH THE DAWN, Quint Projects, La Jolla

DRIVING SUNSET, Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

GATHERING LIGHT, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco

UNDER PRESSURE, Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery

 

2015

VICE CITY, Holly Hunt, Miami

ATMOSPHERIC ABSTRACTION: LARRY BELL, GISELA COLON, MARA DE LUCA AND HEATHER GWEN MARTIN, Quint Gallery, La Jolla

TRANSCENDING COOL: TRIPPING THROUGH CALIFORNIA ABSTRACTION, Royale Projects, Palm Desert

THE BLISS POINT, Arena 1, Santa Monica

UNBOUND, Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

SURFACE TO EDGE, Cypress College Gallery, Los Angeles

PROMO LANE, Outpost Projects, Joshua Tree

 

2014

FREEWAY STUDIES #2: INSIDE THE QUAD, OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles

 

2013

EVEN IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla

CRUISE COLLECTIONS 2013, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles,

ELEGIES: A PROJECT IN PRINT, Artist in Residence, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine

EXPO CHICAGO: MARA DE LUCA AND HEATHER GWEN MARTIN, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

DE STILL, Curated by Carl Berg, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles

SEARCHIN’: LOS ANGELES AND THE QUEST FOR THE SUBLIME, Curated by Mary Coyne, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro

MAS: ATTACK (MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY), LA Mart, Los Angeles

 

2012

THE NEW MODERNS: MATTER BEYOND SURFACE, PULSE Miami, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

THE CRASH OF RUIN FITFULLY RESOUNDS, Curated by Carole Ann Klonarides, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

ARTrageous, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

 

2011

SALTUS FIDEI/LEAP OF FAITH, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

ABSTRACT SMALLNESS, POST Gallery, Los Angeles

IMMANENT DOMAIN II, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica

W.O.P.: IMMANENT DOMAIN PART ONE, West Los Angeles Community Collage, Los Angeles

 

2010

CERCA SERIES: MARA DE LUCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

AIR PRESSURE, Glendale College Art Gallery, Los Angeles

 

2007

SUBURBAN SUBLIME, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

 

2006

DECOYS AND DESTRUCTIONS: NANCY BUCHANAN, MARA DE LUCA, HILLARY MUSHKIN, MARTHA ROSLER, Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles

 

2005

INCOGNITO 2005, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

 

2004

SUPERSONIC, Wind Tunnel, Pasadena

 

2003

TRANSIT: VIDEO WORKS, Gallery D301, Calarts, Valencia, CA

DRAWINGS, Studio 18, Los Angeles, CA

 

2002

911: FLAGS AND MANNAH, Abstruse Space, London

POLITICAL POP: MARA DE LUCA AND DAVID CERNY, Galerie Chromosome, Berlin

VENUS PROJECT: MARA DE LUCA AND VERONIKA DRAHOTOVA, Galerie Chromosome at Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt

 

2001

TEXT UND TEXTUR, Galerie Chromosome, Berlin

 

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS

 

UC Riverside Professional Development Award

2009                The Durfee Foundation Artist’s Resource for Completion Grant

2002, 2003      CalArts Scholarship Award

2002                British American Tobacco Traveling Exhibition Grant

2001-2003       Berufsverband Bildende Kuenstler: Atelier Buero Studio Subsidy Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles & Reviews

2016

Suzanne Hudson, “Atmospheric Abstraction”. ArtForum. March 2016.

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Janelle Zara, “The Twenty-Five”. Cultured Magazine. Winter Issue 2015/2016.

2015

Marlena Doctorcyzk-Donohue, “Unbound at Edward Cella Art and Architecture”. Art Ltd. July/August 2015.

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Mazwell Williams, “A Group Show at Edward Cella’s New Location Allows Painting to Be Itself”. artsy.net. May 2015.

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2013

Erik Reel, “An Interwiev with Mara De Luca”. Society805.com. June 2013.

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2012

Tracey Harnish, “Thirteen Questions: Interview with Mara De Luca”. Artweek L.A. April 2012.

Holly Myers, “Pacific Standard Time: Young Artists Talk About the Sweeping Exhibit”. Los Angeles Times. January 2012.

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2011

Erik Reel, “Mara De Luca at Luis De Jesus”. Society805.com. December 2011.

Tracey Harnish, “Mara De Luca: Leap of Faith”. Huffington Post. November 2011.

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2006

Holly Myers, “Generational Differences”. Los Angeles Times. December 2006.

2002

Martin Herbert, “Mara De Luca: Abstruse Space”. Time Out London. July 2002.

Christina Wendenburg, “New Pop”. Tip Berlin Magazin. June 2002.

2000

“Faszination Weiblichkeit”. !Szene Magazin. August 2000

Claudia Savelsberg, “Licht, Schatten und Stimmung…”. Nordbayerischer Kurier. July 2000.

Frank Piontek, “Die Rauten einer Berliner Romantik”. Nordbayerischer Kurier. July 2000.