Lucia Love

Lucia Love's surreal paintings are packed with symbolism referencing politics, gender, history & the dynamics of power.

Like a work of speculative fiction, Love pushes actual events to their most absurd extremes to create her imagined worlds.

Lucia Love
Holding Pattern, 2019
Oil on panel
18 × 24 inches

Two Aphrodites depicts the goddess as mythological animals: a carnal she-goat and a languid swan. In her dual forms, the goddess is trapped inside a milk crate, her love and beauty unappreciated in this subterranean space.

Lucia Love
Two Aphrodites, 2017
oil on panel
20 × 30 inches

A figure Love refers to as the Water Carrier recurs in many of her paintings. Her restraints, combined with the water she carries on her head, refer to a combination of situations women have experienced across time and cultures.

Lucia Love
Lady of the Lake, 2020
Oil on panel
24 × 48 inches

Lucia Love
The Look, 2019
oil on panel
24 × 18 inches

The Water Carrier acts as an avatar for Love's interest in feminism and its many forms and becomes a narrative link between the paintings.

Lucia Love
Tall Drink of Water, 2018
oil on panel
24 × 48 inches

Her watery burden is a nod to traditional head-carrying practices as well as the posture-training method at Victorian finishing schools.

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, 2019

Love's use of the elements earth, air, fire, and water refer to their symbolic definitions as well as the climate crisis. Many of her recent works focus on water, also a symbol of the female body. These works are the focus of her solo exhibition at the gallery in 2020.

Lucia Love
Wacky Inflatable Flailing Firearms, 2020
Oil on panel
40 × 30 inches

Lucia Love attended the School of Visual Arts on a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, where she studied painting and animation.

Lucia Love
Immutable Fortune, 2018
oil on canvas
60 × 60 inches

She is co-host of the Art and Labor podcast, where she chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the arts.

Art and Labor focuses on the human cost of the art world and advocates for fair labor practices for artists, museum workers, art handlers, interns, and anyone traditionally overworked and underpaid in the field.

Lucia Love
Elements of The Cup (Earth Wind and Fire), 2018
oil on canvas
72 × 60 inches

Lucia Love

b. 1988, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York City



B.F.A. Painting & Animation, School of Visual Arts

Solo Exhibitions


JDJ, Garrison, NY


Doomerangs, Albertz Benda, New York, NY
The Wrong Ways to Smile, Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, NY


The Astronaut is a Devil with a Halo, Albertz Benda, New York, NY Reflecting Pool, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Mirat Gallery, Madrid, Spain (forthcoming)
Harper's Books, East Hampton, NY (forthcoming)
Niels Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)


The Future Perfect, HERE Arts, New York, NY
Home/ Work, JDJ, Garrison, NY


The South Brooklyn Biennial, Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, NY
ART AND LABOR PARTY, 337 37th, Brooklyn, NY Chain Reaction, The Painting Center, New York, NY


Recognition,SPRING/BREAK Art Show,4 Times Square,New York,NY


Drumson Paper, Glasshouse, Brooklyn, NY


Nostalgia in Reverse, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
Native Sum, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
The Faux Minimalist, Gallery Rene Mele and Nolita Cleaning Co, New York, NY Wave Pool, Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Suffragette City Zine Launch, Silent Barn, Brooklyn NY


Trans/ ACTION, Spring/ Break, New York, NY
The Last Brucennial, New York, NY


The Way We Live Now, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica ,CA


gitPOP, Guided By Invoices Gallery, New York, NY
Comfort Zone, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA
iLike Market (and Market likes me), Family Business, New York, NY
It?s a Small, Small World, Family Business, New York, NY Material Magic, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY



"Portrait of A Year On Fire: JDJ Gallery’s NADA Heats Up" -Annie Armstrong. Garage, December, 4, 2020.