Luz María Darriba Magadán

Pseudonym: Luz Darriba
Category: Painter
Birth Date: 12th April 1954
Birth Place: Montevideo (Uruguay)
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She studied in Buenos Aires at 'Manuel Belgrano, 'Prilidiano Pueyrredón' and 'Ernesto de la Cárcova' Schools of Fine Arts. She graduated in Visual Arts at the University of Buenos Aires. From 1977 up to 1992, she carried out over 250 collective exhibitions and over 50 exhibitions and urban performances in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Germany, USA, Italy, France, Portugal, Japan, Venezuela, Malasia, etc.

She has been awarded over 50 international distinctions for her work.

 Work & Activities

She has three daughters: Micaela, Aymará and Ticiana.

She takes part in many lectures, seminars and conferences (as a rapporteur). She organises international exhibitions working as a bridge between cultures between Spain and Latin America, is a member of the jury in different international contests, presents exhibitions of catalogues of other artists, does research into critics and theory in contemporary art and is cultural activist and the president of CUMULUM Cultural Foundation, which was created in 2000. Since the year 2000, she has been carrying out big urban performances with a great implication in the civil socity, all of them related with the valuing of books and the rights of women: 'Cumulum, muralla de libros' (2000), a performance with over half million volumes in the Roman walls of Lugo; 'Alcalá, una Puerta a la Cultura' (2001), a performance with eighty thousand books of the Puerta de Alcalá de Madrid with the patronage of the UNESCO; 'Livres avec des libres' (2000), a performance with thousands of books of the walls and ceilings of the Maison of the UNESCO in Paris; 'Banco de Libros', Art Fair, Madrid (2001); 'LIBing ROOM, casa de Libros' (2005), Year of the Book and Reading in Catalonia, Palau Moja; 'Bibliotecas de Babel' (2006), barricades of books homage to Borges, Lugo; 'Follas Novas' (2007), homage to Rosalía de Castro with poems by Galician poetesses in the trees of Plaza Mayor in Lugo; 'LibroLIBRE' (2008) with the artist José Lemur, a big-dimension books about history of women and education, Galician Pedagogic Museum, Santiago de Compostela; 'AgoraLibros, os libros nas prazas' (2010), a performance in the main squares of Lugo, A Coruña, Santiago, Pontevedra and Ourense with carpets made with thousands of books, Year of the Book and Reading in Galicia; 'Follas Novas en Buenos Aires' (2010), Argentinian National Library, homage to Rosalía and Luis Seoane.

Some of the gender actions: 'Patchwork, farrapos pola non violencia cara ás mulleres' (2004), a 8000-square metre carpet made by thousands of people, Obradoiro Square, Santiago de Compostela; 'As mulleres tomamos as rúas' (2005), there was a change of the names of all the streets in the old part of Lugo for the names of forgotten or unknown women of history; 'Guante negro, guante blanco' (2005), thirty thousand pairs of black and white gloves against physical and symbolic gender violence, Lugo; 'Señales' (2006), with Micaela Fernández Darriba, all the urban traffic lights of the Ronda da Muralla in Lugo were changed by feminine icons; 'Palabras máis' (2006), a huge crossword with antidote words for violence, made by over two thousand Galician students of Secondary Education with their own bodies, Obradoiro Square, Santiago de Compostela; 'Arakne, red por la igualdad' (2007),  a performance in the round turrets and balconies of the Kursaal in San Sebastian with a net of a huge spider's web made by hundreds of people in Galicia and Euskadi within Donostia Festival; 'Cuestión de género' (2008), a performance with hundreds of feminine garments to denounce women and girls trade, Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires; 'Nonetrivial, un juego que no es un juego' (2008), an urban game with questions about history of women; '¿Vos sos caníbal?' (2008), a performance carried out in the centre of Buenos Aires by 'Desobediencia y Felicidad' (activist group) about women sexual exploitation; 'Cortar por lo sano' (2008), an action carried out by Micaela Fernández Darriba, Marina Gutiérrez, Mariaconcetta Patti and many volunteers to promote measure to put an end to violence towards women, Rosario, Posadas (Argentina) and La Providencia (Chile); 'Sare, tejiendo redes de igualdad' (2009), a hand-made net by volunteers from Galicia and Euskadi that was hung at Europa Palace in Vitoria during the 'XVII Congeso de Estudios Vascos' and 'Señales' (2009), two hundred traffic lights in the centre of Buenos Aires were changed with feminine icons. She also created 'Laberinto' (2007), with José Lemur. It was an urban installation about sensations to inquire into disability.

 Other Interesting Aspects

She got many prizes and international scholarships such as the prize of the National Fund of the Arts (Buenos Aires, 1983); prize to the best foreign artist in the 75th National Salon of Plastic Arts (Buenos Aires, 1986); 'Rotary Club' Prize in the 61st Annual Salon of Santa Fe; First International Engraving Contest (Museum of Ourense, 1992); scholarship of artistic creation (Xunta de Galicia, 1993); 'Ivonne Jean Haffen' scholarship, (France, 1994); 'Citta d'Avelino' First Prize (Italy, 1996); third prize awarded by the Academy Internazionale d'Arte Moderna (Rome, 1998), 'Plasticalatina' Prize (Paris, 1999), 'Lucenses del año', 'La voz del año', 'Encuentros entre mujeres', Lugo's Wall Extraordinary Prize, etc. She got a Guinness record for Cumulum and is delegate of The Feminist Art Project for Spain and Latin America. His work 'Cumulum, muralla de libros' was carried out by the collaboration of thousands of people and it was one of the most important platforms so that the UNESCO could declare the Wall of Lugo as Heritage of Humanity; her work 'Señales' has had many replicas (A Coruña, Fuenlabrada, Jaén, Zaragoza) and constitutes a starting point to question about the road signing established as masculine by default.

In 2012 she got the first prize on ANXEL FOLE AWARDS, promoted by the City Council of Lugo.

In 2012, she was awarded a prize for "Mulleres da ventá" at the Galician Cultural Centre in Frankfurt to celebrate the Galician Day of Letters.
In 2012, she was also awarded the third prize of the Second Literary Contest of Short Narration, organized by the Federation of Galician Associations of Argentina, for her work “Casca amarga”.