Compére Collective Presents: ‘Ción, Mamá by Gilly Lugo

Artist Gilly Lugo invites you to her first solo show at Compére Collective. Her mixed media figurative paintings and sculptures are influenced by cultural symbols and imagery from her Dominican heritage. Her work explores spirituality, identity and legacy as seen through the matriarchal lens.

Opening Reception: 

Saturday, May 4 – 6-9PM

On view May 2-9

About the Artist

Dominican American Gilly Lugo ( she/her,  b. 1967 ) is a multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. Her mixed media paintings and sculptures question the evolving role of matriarchal elder as experienced by a first generation American. Her figurative paintings and sculptures are embellished with symbols and charms that evoke spirituality and protection while simultaneously rejecting these concepts as archaic.

Ms. Lugo is a native New Yorker, born and raised at the intersection of Chelsea and Greenwich Village. She received her B.F.A from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in fashion illustration. She is currently a candidate for graduation from UMass Dartmouth’s Post Baccalaureate Certificate program, expected May 2024. Her early works are expressive figurative painting, however her time in the PBC program has expanded her practice to include paper clay sculpture. She finds inspiration in her Dominican roots, Afro futurist philosophy and magical realism found in Latin American literature.


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