Local Artist in Residence
18th Street Campus | 1653 18th Street #6, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Luciana Abait is a photo-artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 1997 to 2005 she lived and worked in Miami, where she was a resident artist of Oolite Arts (formerly ArtCenter South Florida). She relocated in 2005 to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. She is currently a resident artist of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Abait’s work invites viewers to reimagine nature through manipulated photographic landscapes, installations and photo-sculptures. Natural landscapes and human-made utilitarian objects or structures are twisted, scaled out of proportion, or impossibly adapted to new roles where they coexist in a magical reality. These eerie, hyper-real psychological landscapes range from sci-fi to storybook, encompassing parables that critically reflect upon human beings and their fraught relationship with the natural environment.
Abait’s work has been shown in galleries, museums, and international art fairs throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Some of these are: A Letter to The Future at Los Angeles International Airport; Flow, Blue at Rockford College Art Museum in Illinois; Luciana Abait at Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago; Nest at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania; Sur Biennial in California, and ARCO in Spain. She has also completed numerous corporate and public art commissions, among them Vistas, a 24foot mural, commissioned by Miami- Dade Art in Public Places for Crandon Park Golf Course in Key Biscayne, Florida in 2004.
Abait is the recipient of the 2016 Santa Monica Individual Artist Fellowship Award.
Abait’s works are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and East Asia. Among these collections are Florida State University, Permanent Art Collection of Neiman Marcus, Miami-Dade Public Library System, University of Miami in Florida, Lehigh University Museum and West Collection in Pennsylvania, Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.