STATEMENT/CV/BIO

I am an interdisciplinary artist who’s practice employs Fresco (buon and secco) with the addition of  digital fresco (monotype) and sgrafitto (scratch) to create paintings, objects, installations and discourse around issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and power. These works represent my interest in beautiful, historical, mythical, ornamental and patterned human histories.  My approach to painting reemerges the art of fresco, honors the zeal of figurative painting and explores new adaptations to old traditions. With these bodies of work I’m compelled to push boundaries and comingle materials and techniques used to express the copious layers of powerful women of color inclusive of anonymous, invisible and rarely celebrated history makers.

These works are at times autobiographical - a blend of self-explorations and visual observations. What I experience, desire and witness is communicated through a catalog of figures, signifiers, symbols, and materials. By employing the ageless process of fresco and sgraffitto, paper cutting, and found objects, I fulfill my aesthetic appetite.

2014                   TRUE COLORS, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans LA

                           SUGA, BlueOrange Contemporary, Houston TX

2013                   STIRRING, Tougaloo Art Colony, Tougaloo, MS

                           MATERIAL-LIES, solo installation, Project Row House, Houston TX

                           IN MY HAIR, Medialia Gallery, New York, NY

                           BAS, Art League Houston, Print Matters Houston, Houston TX

                           COMIN THROUGH THE GAP IN A MOUNTAIN ON AN ELEPHANT, TSU MUSEUM,

                           Houston, TX

                           PLY, Artist-In-Residency curated by Alisha Wormsley, Pittsburg, PA

                           HEADREST, solo exhibit, Pillow Café, Brooklyn, NY

                           55, Jam Gallery,solo exhibit, curator: Jamila Raegan, Brooklyn, NY

2012                   FLYING SOLO, Art League, Houston TX

                         MOJO, Prairie View AMU Gallery, curator: Lauren Kelley, Prairie View TX

                           PAPERWORK, Darke Gallery, curator: Linda Darke, Houston TX

                           STIR, M2 Gallery, Houston, TX

                           NEW WORKS, Lonestar College North Campus, Houston TX

                         HEROGLYPHICS, Houston Community College Northeast Campus, Houston TX

2011                   ROUX, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR

                           ART SAVING HISTORY, Colton-Farb Gallery, Houston Texas

                           LUCK OF THE DRAW group exhibition: Diverse Works, Houston TX

                          ROUX, group exhibit: Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston TX

                          CONTINUUM, Winterstreet Studios Gallery, Houston TX

2010                  LIFT OFF, gala group exhibit:  Houston Museum of African American Culture, Hou TX

                         THRICE REMOVED, solo exhibition, Spacetaker ARC, Houston TX

                           ART OF CULTURE, Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, Houston TX

                           DARE TO GO FURTHER, UUPA Collective exhibition: Lawndale Art Center, Houston,

2009                   RETINAL STEREO, solo exhibit, The Tipping Point, Houston, TX

                           MIRACLE GROW, solo exhibit:  Arthello Beck Gallery, Dallas, TX

                           PARALLEL UNIVERSES, Winter Street Studios, Citywide group show, Houston, TX

                           ULTIMATE SUMMER REMIX, Fodice Art Farm, Momentum Audi, Houston, TX

                           SORTING HER BEANS, with Regina Agu, Catalina Coffee, Houston, TX

                           FODICE FUNDRAISER, with Katy Anderson and Patrick Medrano, Gallery M2

                           CROSS POLLINATION, with Lisa Qualls, College of the Mainland’s, Texas City  

2008                  ART CRAWL HOUSTON, Studio H, Houston TX

                         HEROS ALTER EGOS Space 125 Gallery, Houston TX

                         EARLY BIRDS, with Robert Hodge, Catalina Coffee, Houston TX

                         ROUND 28: “Otherwise Constricted” Project Row Houses, Houston TX

                         SISTAHS ON THE HORIZON, Arthello Beck Gallery, Dallas TX

                          OBAMA FOR AMERICA, GALLERY 2111, 2111 Oakdale Houston TX

                          5A recent works, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX

                          5A Selected works, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Houston TX

                         5A City wide exhibition, Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, Houston TX

                         5A City wide exhibition, Farnsworth Pavilion Rice University, Houston TX

                           RE DEFINITION, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX.

                           $100 Box Show: Big Brothers and Big Sisters” Mind Puddles, Houston TX

2007                   ART CRAWL solo, FreeLove Artist Den, Houston TX

                           LOVE MOVEMENT, Midtown Artist Collective, Houston TX

                           ArtHOMES TOUR, Riverside Lofts, Houston TX

                           ACTIVE, Midtown Artist Collective, Houston TX

                           FUTURE PRESENT VOL. 2, Midtown Artist Collective, Houston TX

                           THE MUSE AND HER GENIUS, Midtown Art Gallery, Houston TX

2006                   ART CRAWL solo Free Love Artist Den, Houston TX

                           RE DEFINITION, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX

                           ESSENCE FEST, Black Heritage Gallery, Houston TX 

 1996                  GROUP SHOW, Midtown Art Gallery, Houston TX.

 1996                  AFROCENTRIC RENNAISSANCE, PRH Word House, Houston TX

 

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS:

Arts + Culture, July/August 2014, SUGA:­­Review…by Michael McFadden

Studio Museum Harlem, Winter/Spring 2014, Project Row Houses at Twenty, Ryan Dennis

Houston Chronicle, PRH draws from past, looks to future. Jan 17, 2014, Molly Glentzer

Houston Press, July 2, 2013, Bas by Abby Koenig

Houston Press, December 12, 2012, 7 Artist Flying Solo… by Meredith Deliso

Glasstire, June 30, 2012’ Roux at M2 Gallery by Carrie Marie Schneider

Houston Press, December 29, 2011,What’s the New News… by Altemese Osbourne

Houston Press, May 20, 2011 ‘Print Matters Spices things up with ROUX’ by Altemese Osbourne

Houston Press, August 10, 2010 Artist Quotes: Lovie Olivia by Troy Schulze

Absolutely in the Loop, August 2010:  Once, Twice, Thrice Removed

002 Houston, August 2010: Home Arts and Entertainment. “SPACETAKER” by Jenni R. Stephenson

Houston Press Sept. 18, 2008, ‘Heroes Alter Egos’ by Troy Schulze*

Houston Press Aug 27, 2008, ‘Heroes Alter Egos’ by Tammy Portnoy

Arts Houston, June 2008, ‘We Are, Who We Are’ by Tria Wood*

Dallas Art Revue, March 2008, ‘Sistahs’ by JR Compton*

Houston Press, Feb 8, 2008, ‘12 annual 5A Exhibition

Houston Press, July 12, 2007, ‘Future Present Vol 2’ by Dusti Rhodes

ASHE newsletter, Dec. 2007,   ‘Love movement exhibition unites artist and dancers’ by Jennifer Watson

ASHE newsletter, Aug. 2007, ‘Love movement’ by Terry St. John

90.1 KPFT RADIO, May 8, 2008, ‘Otherwise Constricted group panel with Robert Pruitt.

Awakenings Movement July 2008 ‘Life Artist: Lovie’s House. By Marlon Hall, Video discussion

 

 

ARTIST TALKS AND LECTURES

2012 November Art League Houston Gallery Talk, Houston TX

2011 Bayou City Arts Festival Demo set, Downtown Houston Tx

2011 UALR (University Akansas Little Rock ) Panel discussion and artist talk

2011 HMAAC (Houston Museum of African American Culture) slide and Gallery Talk

2010 SPACETAKER ARC. Slide and gallery talk for DARe to go FURther, Houston TX

2009 Contemporary Arts Museum (CAMH) Slide Jam

2009 October, Arthello Beck Gallery for “Miracle Grow”,South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas TX

2009 March, CAMH” SlideJam”, by Valerie Oliver, Houston Texas.

2009 March, College of the Mainlands, for Cross Pollination, by Janet Hessiger, Texas City TX

2008 September, Space 125 Gallery, for Heroes Alter Egos, Houston Tx.

2008 July, Project Row Houses, for Rotating the Tire-talks and slide presentation, Houston TX

 

TEACHING AND WORKSHOPS

Present H.S.P.V.A.: High School for Performing and Visual Arts

                                  Paint Instructor for sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

 2010: Bayou City Arts Festival – artists demonstration. Houston TX

 2000-2006:  Decorative Art and Finishing instructor to local Houston, adult students.

 1997 HSPVA:  High School for Performing and Visual Arts paint instructor

 1997 Commerce Street Warehouses:    Guidance counselor and mural instructor in                                                                 

 1996Project Row Houses: Artist workshops with P.O.W

 

 

Lovie Olivia is a native Houstonian and a visual artist who employs painting, printmaking, and installation to create her works.  Although her past includes some formal artistic training, including graduating from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she mostly relies on her independent studies of art, cultures, music, literature and history to influence her work. She has exhibited at, Jam Gallery - Brooklyn NY, Pillow – Brooklyn NY, 36 Steps Gallery – Pittsburgh PA, The Art League Houston, Darke Gallery, GalleryM2, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas as well as Houston Museum of African American Culture and more.  Olivia’s work hangs in numerous private and public collections and her decorative interior and restorative painting applications can be found in many homes and businesses, throughout Houston.  In addition to her multifaceted approach to visual art, she enjoys teaching drawing at Art League and painting at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She continues to volunteer and collaborate with organizations like Project Row Houses, Houston Arts Alliance, Art League and Diverse Works to name a few. Olivia is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award 2009 and 2014 which is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.