Laura Santamaria (born Italy 1976) is an artist living in Como and working in Como, Lugano, London.
Her practice which includes painting, installation, site specific projects and concerns with precarious states of impermanency of the matter through which she explores varied experimental processes. Her site-specific, sculptures and installations often present to the viewer a parallelism between the micro and macro cosmos thus reflecting on systems and processes of interconnectivity. Her work is represented in collections including the Artphilein Foundation, Switzerland and a permanent installation at Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Italy. Her recent residencies include: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, A Coruña, Spain (2017) V-I-R ViaFarini in residence, Milano (2018). Laura Santamaria is founder and curator of the collaborative project Drawings from Lightning (2013/19) the self published artist book is a collection of drawings, representing a statement of the artists’ thinking, an expression of an intellectual position which finds in the drawing practice its favorite language.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: Assonances – Drawing Storage, Alliance Française, Bologna (2019); 14 en Positivo, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, A Coruña (2018),
What Goes Around Comes to Art, Herrick Gallery London (2018); Open Studio, ViaFarini, Milano (2018) International Day of Light, Morgue Project Space, Chelsea College, London (2018); Drawings from Lightning, MADEINBRITALY, London (2017); Revolve:R, James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, UCA, Farnham (2017); R:R, Hours Gallery, Bristol (2017); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Italia Happening. 130 artists’ books, Salon Fur Kunstbuch, Wien (2015); Praestigium, Contemporary Artists from Italy, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino -Fondazione Cini, Venezia (2015); Room&Book, ICA, London (2015); Upward Positive Leaders + Drawings from Lightnings, Kunstverein Neukölln, Kunstraum t27, Berlin (2014); Focus On Laura Santamaria, Choisi – one at the time, Lugano (2014); MAC Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Lissone (2014) Four to the Floor, Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica (2014); Trilogie des Loches, Kunstverein Neukölln, Kunstraum t27, Berlin (DE) (2012).
Lectures and public talks include: “Light – lightning – flames – planets and stars” CSIA – Centro Scolastico per le Industrie Artistiche Lugano (2019); International Day of Light Symposium – Chelsea Lecture Theatre and Morgue Project Space University of the Arts, London (2018)
Professor of Engraving, History of Art, History of Jewelry, Gemology, CFP Scuola professionale per le lavorazioni artistiche del metallo, Orafi, Gallarate
Collaborate with London Trade Art, London; Project Marta, Torino.