Lydia Okumura

Tive as primeiras aulas de modelagem com 12 anos, no Studio Decor de Cerâmica da Profa. Rosina Mores Costa, na Rua França Pinto, na Vila Mariana em São Paulo.

Mais tarde, estudei cerâmica industrial com Prof. João Rossi, no curso livre da FAAP, mas para a sua grande decepção, a minha primeira exposição invividual foi de "pintura-objeto", como foi chamado a minha obra, quando fui premiada no Salão do Trabalho, no SESC, em 1967, e no Salão de São Bernardo, quando o pintor Pavel Kudis referiu-me `a Galeria Varanda de seu amigo Jacob Rissin. A exposição, na galeria na Rua Barão de Itapetininga, ocorreu em 9 de Maio de 1968.

Mas foi sómente na faculdade de artes plásticas, na FAAP, que fui ter aulas de escultura, com Prof. Vlavianos, quando trabalhei com metal e solda eletrica, já quando a minha preocupação era geométrica, e espacial.

"Untitled", Five wooden panels, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, 1984                    foto:Roberto Okumura


In 1983 I participated at the 17th International São Paulo Biennial, where I did a large painting installation by painting the walls and the floor of an enclosure, using a variety of colors in a relegated palette.

I was still around in São Paulo
, preparation myself for a solo exhibition of large paintings at the Galeria São Paulo, upon an invitation by the owner, Regina Boni.

While these paintings were being produced, I was invited by Ilsa Leal Ferreira, director of the Museu de Arte Moderna in Ibirapuera Park, in São Paulo, to do an installation, occupying the entire exhibition space, since they were inaugurating a new glass wall by Lina Bo Bardi, and it was to happen in 30 days.

The installation show included several wall and floor pieces. They were made with steel wires, wire screens, wood paneling sculptures, and stretch fabric pieces, and paint, a total of 47 works. Both exhibitions happened almost simultaneously.

The gallery show with 15 large acrylic paintings was a sold out show, and the three-dimensional pieces in the museum were also, mostly sold out.


"White Volume", fabric and wire, dimension variable, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, 1984

                                                                                                                                     foto:Roberto Okumura                    

"Untitled I", wire mesh, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, 1984
"Untitled Wallpiece for M", wiremesh, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 1984

                                                                                                                                    foto: Roberto Okumura

" M for CM ", wiremesh, 120cmx120cmx15cm-Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo-São Paulo, 1984