The renowned and prolific Lucia Laguna has only been painting for the past two decades. Laguna, who has a background in language studies, first took painting and art history classes in the mid-1990s, and exhibited for the first time in 1998. Her style is a mix of abstraction and representation, with fragmented-yet-recognizable forms executed in dense flurries of brushstrokes. Laguna is also known for her unusual process: each of her canvases is worked over by assistants in acrylic paint, and then given to Laguna to re-work with oils. Laguna’s subjects are the daily landscapes found in her immediate surroundings: the architecture of urban and suburban Rio de Janeiro, her own studio, and her garden. These are painted in part from observation, in part from the artist’s accumulated memories.