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.

 

Education
2004 M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
1995 B.A. Columbia University, Department of Visual Arts, New York, New York
Selected Exhibitions

2017
TOTAH, New York, Group Show

2016
TOTAH, New York, Cosmic Connections
Quint Projects, La Jolla, Lead Me Through the Dawn
Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, Driving Sunset
Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco, Gathering Light
Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery, Under Pressure

2015
Holly Hunt, Miami, Vice City
Quint Gallery, La Jolla, Atmospheric Abstraction: Larry Bell, Gisela Colon, Mara de Luca and Heather Gwen Martin
Royale Projects, Palm Desert, Transcending Cool: Tripping Through California Abstraction
Arena 1, Santa Monica, The Bliss Point
Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, Unbound
Cypress College Gallery, Los Angeles, Surface to Edge
Outpost Projects, Joshua Tree, Promo Lane

2014
Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad

2013
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Even if the Lights Go Out
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Cruise Collections 2013
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, Elegies: A Project in Print (Artist in Residence)
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Expo Chicago: Mara de Luca and Heather Gwen Martin
Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, De Stil (Curated by Carl Berg)
Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Searchin’: Los Angeles and the Quest for the Sublime (curated by Mary Coyne)
LA Mart, Los Angeles, MAS: Attack (Mutual Appreciation Society)

2012
PULSE Miami, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, The New Moderns: Matter Beyond Surface
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, The Crash of Ruin Fitfully Resounds (curated by Carole Ann Klonarides)
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, ARTrageous

2011
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Saltus Fidei/Leap of Faith
POST Gallery, Los Angeles, Abstract Smallness
Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Imminent Domain II
West Los Angeles Community Collage, Los Angeles, W.O.P.: Imminent Domain Part One

2010
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Cerca Series: Mara de Luca
Glendale College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Air Pressure

2007
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Suburban Sublime

2006
Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles, Decoys and Destructions: Nancy Buchanan, Mara de Luca, Hillary Mushkin, Martha Rosler

2005
INCOGNITO 2005, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

2004
Wind Tunnel, Pasadena, Supersonic

2003
Gallery D301, Calarts, Valencia, CA, Transit: Video Works
Studio 18, Los Angeles, CA, Drawings

2002
Abstruse Space, London, 911: Flags and Mannah
Galerie Chromosome, Berlin, Political Pop: Mara de Luca and David Cerny
Galerie Chromosome at Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Venus Project: Mara de Luca and Veronika Drahotova

2001
Galerie Chromosome, Berlin, Text and Textur

 

Bibliography

2016
Suzanne Hudson, “Atmospheric Abstraction”. ArtForum, March.
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.
Maxwell Williams, “A Group Show at Edward Cella’s New Location Allows Painting to Be Itself”. artsy.net, May.

2013
Erik Reel, “An Interview with Mara De Luca”. society805.com, June.

2012
Tracey Harnish, “Thirteen Questions: Interview with Mara De Luca”. Artweek LA, April.
Holly Myers, “Pacific Standard Time: Young Artists Talk About the Sweeping Exhibit”. Los Angeles Times, January.

2011
Erik Reel, “Mara De Luca at Luis De Jesus”. Society805.com, December.
Tracey Harnish, “Mara De Luca: Leap of Faith”. Huffington Post, November.

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

2002
Martin Herbert, “Mara De Luca: Abstruse Space”. Time Out London, July.
Christina Wendenburg, “New Pop”. Tip Berlin Magazin, June.

2000
“Faszination Weiblichkeit”. !Szene Magazin. August.
Claudia Savelsberg, “Licht, Schatten und Stimmung…”. Nordbayerischer Kurier, July.
Frank Piontek, “Die Rauten einer Berliner Romantik”. Nordbayerischer Kurier, July.

Selected Publications
2013 Elegies Editioned Boxed Prints
2010 Believe in Yourself Material Press Online Artist Project

Selected Collections
British American Tobacco, Germany
Universitetets Kunstsamling University of Oslo, Norway Alexander Plaza, Berlin, Germany
New York Medical College, New York

Selected Awards
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

Chelsea McCarthy, “Home is Where the Art is for Artist Mara De Luca”. The Fullest. October 2017.

 

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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.