Karen Lamassonne (b. 1954) was born in New York to Colombian and Argentinian parents, yet she is primarily considered as a Colombian artist because of the long period she spent in Bogotá and Cali, and because of her active participation in exhibitions there. Beginning with painting and drawing, she went on to create visual works using a variety of techniques and served as artistic director for a number of films produced in Colombia. Lamassonne has been a nomadic artist, living in New York, Bogotá, Paris, Rome, and most recently Atlanta, where she currently resides and continues to produce work.

Lamassonne is known for her a self-referential oeuvre that depicts the objects and environments that surround her. Through her self-portraits, which often include elements of her personal life, her work presents itself as a diary whose private emotions are addressed with sincerity. Her status as a woman, wife, mother, lover, and artist subtly permeates her artistic production. Spanning from her early years to today, the works in this exhibition show Lamassonne’s radical, longstanding commitment to portraying women as desiring subjects.

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ABOUT Karen Lamassonne

Karen Lamassonne was born in 1954 in New York City, U.S.A
She currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A

The Colombian painter and video artist was born in New York in 1954 and raised in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment, Lamassonne has lived and worked in the United States, Colombia, France, Germany and Italy. Her work is always autoreferential; a responseto her environment and emotions in which eroticism is a silent participant. During the 1980’s she lived in Cali, a defining period for her career, where she bonded with the dynamic group of artists and filmmakers known as “The Grupo de Cali”. During this period she combined her cinematographic experience to create works in photography and video. At the same time she complemented her painting with Art Direction, Costume Design, Editing and Acting indifferent national and international productions. Her experience and drive has led to a multifaceted creative output across the disciplines of fine arts, design, video, film, theater and music.