Lita Albuquerque is an American installation, environmental artist, painter and sculptor.
Born in Santa Monica, California she was raised in Tunisia, North Africa and Paris, France. At the age of eleven she settled with her family in the U.S. She graduated with a BFA from University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at the Otis College of Art and Design, from 1971 to 1972. In the 1970s, Albuquerque emerged on the California art scene as part of the Light and Space movement and won acclaim for her ephemeral pigment pieces created for desert sites. She gained national attention in the late 1970s with her ephemeral pigment installations pertaining to mapping, identity and the cosmos, executed in the natural landscape. In 1980, Albuquerque garnered international acclaim for her installation, The Washington Monument Project, as featured in the International Sculptural Conference. The recognition this work gained, led to awards and commissions at major sites around the world, including the Great Pyramids, where she represented the United States at the International Cairo Biennale with her installation and exhibition Sol Star which won the Cairo Biennale Prize.
In 2006 Albuquerque was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant and lead a team of artists and scientists on a journey to Antarctica where she created a large scale artwork on the continent entitled Stellar Axis: Antarctica. Albuquerque has created numerous site specific installations including works in the South Dakota Badlands, Death Valley and the Mojave desert. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: A National Science Foundation Grant in the Artists and Writers Program; the Cairo Biennale Prize at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale; Arts International award for U.S. Artist Representative for the Cairo Biennale; National Endowment for the Arts Art in Public Places Award (1983, 1984, 1990), a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Perugia, Italy (2002). Lita Albuquerque's work is included in The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and is collected by prominent Museums and Foundations, such as The Whitney, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, The Frederick Weisman Foundation, LACMA, The Orange County Museum of Art, and The Laguna Art Museum.
Ephemeral installation at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, CA
Photo: Lita Albuquerque
pigment on canvas
18 x 18 inches each (16 panels)