Lydia Okumura (b 1948, São Paulo, Brazil) Lives and works in New York. Lydia Okumura began her career at the height of a twentyone-year-long military dictatorship in Brazil, navigating the rise in censorship through collectivist projects and ephemeral installations. As part of the collective Equipe3, along with Genilson Soares and Francisco Iñarra, Okumura was invited to participate in the 1973 São Paulo Biennial, for which they created a site-specific abstract environment, Points of View. Intersecting two- and three-dimensional space through form and shading, the installation marked the artist’s departure from the dominant movements of Op Art and Kinetic Art, and the beginning of her signature style of Geometric Abstraction. For
the past 50 years, Okumura has employed the pure formal aspects of Geometric Abstraction to deconstruct concepts of physical space, materiality and illusion.
In 2019 Okumura participated in Women Geometers, a group exhibition at Piero Atchugarry Gallery which recognized twelve Latin American artists for their groundbreaking contributions to the development of Geometric Abstraction. Her work is included in permanent collections of major institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Arte Moderna, the Pinacoteca Museum in São Paulo, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and most recently the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM),
Piero Atchugarry gallery presents a contemporary art program and modern art survey. The gallery opened to the public in September 2013 with a Post-War Italian art exhibition. By January 2014 the gallery moved to a large stable adapted as an exhibition space in Garzón. In this space the program allowed outdoor and indoor proposal exploration, through the creation of dialogue between architectural features and curatorial practices.
On December 2018, the program expanded to North America with a second location, a 9000 square feet warehouse on 5520 NE 4th Avenue in the Design District neighborhood. The participation of the gallery in what is a boiling art community that connects Europe, Latin America and both coasts of the United States represents the commitment of the program to support and present the work of local and international artists with an institutional approach.