Monica Luza-Windolph

Monica Luza-Windolph

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Monica Luza-Windolph

I was born in an old, large house with high ceilings and eleven rooms in the city of Lima. There my parents lived with my seven brothers. The smell of the good seasoning of the dishes prepared by my mother and the smell of oil, water, terpentine are mixed in my memory. In one of the spaces my dad had his desk, his books, his materials and his easel: he was a painter and his subject was the portrait. With the still lifes that our father put together, my relationship with art began. My father read a lot and knew the history of art very well, his stories, his anecdotes were always fuelling my curiosity to see other worlds, relate to other cultures and see live the works of the great masters. That's how I came to Germany with the illusion of studying at an art school and visiting the great museums.

For two years I visited the Städelsches Art Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. In that city I met my husband, who continues to accompany me in this beautiful adventure and I brought my best creation to the world: Rainer and Silke, my children.
I returned to my studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Lima and I was fortunate to have as a teacher the artist Miguel Angel Cuadros who not only knew how to teach the different pictorial techniques but also knew how to transmit the principles that the artist must have before his work and his audience

My husband worked in development projects and for that reason I have been in different countries in Latin America, always having as a place of residence the city of Berlin. This experience has enriched me as a person and influenced my work.
At the University of the Arts in Berlin I did a master's degree. The study was aimed at cultural work with young people and children.
Feeling the nostalgia of living far from Peru and knowing the difficult situation that was lived in the era of terrorism, my first works were figurative with a strong social burden and denunciation.

The pre-Hispanic cultures were always my fascination and I have dedicated many works dealing with these issues, concrete case El Pallar (Lima Bean). An image that has an important presence in the iconography of pre-Hispanic cultures.

Without realizing, the human figure was disappearing from my canvas to make way for the space of the deserts. The desert occupies a considerable part of the Peruvian territory and was the cradle of important pre-Hispanic cultures; with this topic I have been working the last twenty years. The desert as infinite space, without deceptive routes or crossroads or bifurcations to choose from. There is only the possibility of moving forward.

Throughout my profession I have never lost my curiosity and feeling of risk, I have worked with different materials and creative means. Painting, collages, drawings, assemblages, objects, installations, photographs, and interventions in the public space.
In that sense, I continue to investigate today with the new digital media and the themes may be the same but the environment may have changed.

Education

1993-1995 Master, University of the Arts, Berlin
1985-1986 Anatomic Drawing, Cristina Gálvez Studio, Professor Margarita Checa, Lima
1983-1987 Study of Painting and Drawing, National Arts School (Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes), Professor Miguel Angel Cuadros, Lima
1974-1976 Study of Painting and Drawing, Städelsches Kunstinstitut (National Arts School) in Frankfurt/Main
1972-1973 Curso de Pintura, Art Center, Professor Miguel Angel Cuadros, Lima

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):

2019 VALE UN PALLAR
Museo de Sitio "Julio C. Tello" Paracas, Peru

2018 VALE UN PALLAR
Regional Museum of Ica, Peru

2018 ARTE AL PASO: THE INCREASING YELLOW LINES
Intervention into the public space
Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Miraflores, Lima
Municipality of Miraflores, Lima

2018 THE INCREASING YELLOW LINES
Intervention into the public space, Festival Internacional de Cine y Migración, Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Miraflores, Lima

2014 SECUESTRO VISUAL
Galería Cecilia Gonzales & Denise Dourojani, Lima

2013 EIFERSÜCHTIGE SEELEN
Galerie Schloss und Gut Liebenberg, Liebenberg, Brandenburg, Germany

2012 COLOR Y PAISAJE
Museo Pedro de Osma, Lima

2011 TO THE PEOPLE OF SANTO DOMINGO
Capilla de los Remedios, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2010 BLINKY PALERMO IN THE ANDES
Maria Reiche Hall of the Peruvian Embassy, Berlin

2009 ENTRE MUNDOS
Museo Zorrilla, Montevideo, Uruguay

2006 PALLARES / LIMA BEANS / Reinterpreting a Symbol
Galerie Schwartzsche Villa, Steglitz, Berlin

2004 III BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DEL ESTANDARTE / III INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF STANDARDS
Tijuana, Mexico

2002 PALLARES / LIMA BEANS
Exhibition Hall, Corporate Express, Berlin

2000 VINCULOS
Galeria Trapecio, Lima

2000 PALLARES / PHASEOLUS LUNATUS / LIMA BEANS
Regional Museum of Ica, Ica, Peru

1999 PALLARES / PHASEOLUS LUNATUS / LIMA BEANS
Galeria Sol del Rio, Guatemala

1999 PALLARES / PHASEOLUS LUNATUS /
LIMA BEANS
Centro Cultural Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima

1997 CERRO COLORADO
Centro Cultural de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima
Centro Cultural Peruano-Alemán, Arequipa

1995 MONICA LUZA: BILDER
Stadtgalerie Altena, Altena, Germany

1994 DE-S-CONSTRUCCION
Galería Trapecio, Lima

1993 PAISPAISAJES
Galería de Arte El Laberinto, San Salvador, El Salvador

1990 CANTO A LA VIDA, Homenaje a Frida Kahlo
Galería Paradiso, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

1990 DISCURSO Y FICCION
Galería de Arte El Laberinto, San Salvador, El Salvador

1989 CONTRASTA
Galería de Arte Trapecio, Lima

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):

2018 IMÁGENES Y COLORES DEL PERU
Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indigena, Uruguay

2015 BAZARTE
Galería de EUROIDIOMAS, Lima

2015 ARTE EN LA PLAYA
Galeria Cecilia Gonzales, Lima

2014 TESTRAKETE 1.0
Fresh Eggs Gallery, Berlin-Mitte, Germany

2014 SMALL FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY
Galería Cecilia González, Lima

2013 MIRADA AL SUR / LOOKING SOUTH
Galería Sol del Rio, Guatemala

2013 JANINE JANOWSKI COLLECTION
Centro Cultural de España, San Salvador, El Salvador

2012 CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN ART
Giz Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

2011 FRAUENBLICKE AUF RELIGIONEN / FEMININE PERSPECTIVE OF RELIGIONS
Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum S.U.S.I., Berlin

2008 METAMORFOSIS
Palacio de la Mosquera, Arenas de San Pedro, Spain

2007/2008 HOMMAGE AN FRIDA KAHLO
Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum S.U.S.I. , Berlin

2005 EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY
Museo de Arte Contempóraneo, Salta, Argentina

2005 SARATON
Galería Sara García Uriburu, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2003 HOMENAJE A CHARO LUZA
Galería Trapecio, Lima

2002 LLEVAR – TRAER – LLEVAR
Galería Obsidiana, Lima

2000 NEW HORIZONS
Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto, Canadá

1999 TERRITORIOS DE FICCION
Centro Cultural de España, Lima

1993 COLECTIVA
Galería Sol del Río, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

1992 DESDE LA TIERRA – CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN ART IN GERMANY
Bethanienhaus, Berlin-Kreuzberg

1992 INTERNATIONAL MURAL ART PROJECT LATIN AMERICA-EUROPE
Altena, Germany

1990 12 LATIN AMERICAN PAINTERS
Galería de Arte El Laberinto, San Salvador, El Salvador

1988 ENCUENTROS
Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

1986 HOMENAJE A CRISTINA GALVEZ
Taller "Cristina Gálvez", Lima

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PRIZE:

1988 Premio Nacional de Arte / National Arts Prize "Alvaro Canales"