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Mexican painter and draughtswoman. She studied drawing, painting, graphic arts, calligraphy, sumi-e and different techniques and materials at the workshops of Robin Bond, Guillermo Santi, Koyo Okamoto and Luis Nishizawa. In 1986, in Florence, Italy, she took specialized courses in artistic photography, metal engraving and nude drawing with artists Luciano Ricci and Roberto Ciabani. Her preparation also included a degree in modern literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), an MBA in English literature from the University of Kent, England, and courses on Oriental culture at the Colegio de México. This preparation has significantly influenced the development of her work, while also enriching her thematic cycles and world vision.

She staged her first individual exhibition in 1974, since when she has participated in more than 150 collective exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, together with 35 individual shows. This intense activity has taken place in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Chile, Panama, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan. In 1991, she created the mural entitled Galloping in Silence (1.75 x 4.70 m. Ink and metal on cotton paper) at the Postgraduate Unit of the unam’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics. Similarly, she has edited graphic work portfolios for the unam, Iberoamericana University and Ministry of Energy and Mining and has illustrated numerous books. Her works are included in the collections of different institutions: the unam Contemporary Art Museum, “Vito Alessio Robles” Cultural Center in Saltillo, Coahuila, National Institute of Nutrition, National Preparatory School Museum, Querétaro Art Museum and Mexico State Modern Art Museum, among others.

In November 2002, as part of the Roses in Flame exhibition, Mexico City’s Las Campanas gallery presented the compact disc entitled 37 Ways to Describe Light edited by the National Polytechnic Institute. This CD offers a compilation of texts-poems written by the artist for catalogues and invitations. It is a multidisciplinary product that combines the voice of Santos Vergara, the Inventions and Preludes for Piano by E. R. Blackaller, virtual music composed by the Technics Digital Ensemble based on Lucille’s pictorial cycles and the words and plastic forms of the artist herself.

At the opening ceremony of Lasting Perfume (Saltillo, Coahuila, 2003) and while discussing the sources and influences nurturing Lucille Wong’s work, historian Clementina Díaz y de Ovando commented: “Her work exhibits a fortunate confluence of millenarian Oriental art and modern impressionism, in which a subtle and exquisite Oriental pictorial sensitivity can be discerned as she strives to capture the complexity of nature. By abandoning an immediate point of reference, some of Lucille's works seem to establish metaphysical landscapes within the bounds of lyrical abstractionism.”

After discussing Lucille Wong’s exceptional artistic trajectory, Dr. Díaz y de Ovando referred to her first exhibition in 1974, remarking: “This admirable exhibition, Lasting Perfume, that the Vito Alessio Robles Cultural Center has shown such good judgment in staging, summarizes four cycles of constant creation: Roses in Flame, Jacarandas, Lilies and Xinantécatl. It also presents an extraordinary and innovative selection of mixed techniques: 37 ways of describing light that conjugate sonorous and visual languages. The music, especially composed by Eduardo Blackaller, relinquishes the special graphism of notes and pentagrams to adopt a new plastic impulse, as the pieces included here represent the fusion of music and painting. The scores bear these suggestive titles: Sparkling in the Air, Landscapes of Petals, Flowers for Red Tablecloths and Horizons with Deep Roots.”

In 2004, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as part of the celebrations commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the University City campus, published the Guía de murales, a guide to the university’s murals that brings together part of the institution’s artistic treasures. In the work the mural Galloping in Silence, mentioned earlier, is reproduced and accompanied by a critical text by Julieta Ortíz. In 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts of Toluca presented the exhibition Time Embraced, a magna exhibition, in the words of the museum’s director, Leonel Sánchez, for it constitutes “an artistic vision devoted to the majestic, defiant volcano Xinantécatl, which courses through each painting . . . the elegance and majesty of nature is imbued in all the works that form part of the collection.”

In 2006 she participated in three group exhibitions: Hecaro Gallery, Mexico City; Dreams, Actions and Creation, in the Museo del Carmen in the same city; Mexican Artists, Art Rouge Gallery, Miami, Florida. In 2007 she participated in two exhibitions commemorating International Women’s Day: Women, Let’s Get to Work, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Eight Women, Eight Expressions, Mexican Institute of Social Security; and for the second time, one of her works was auctioned at the annual event sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In September of that same year, the Vito Alessio Robles Cultural Center of Saltillo, Coahuila, presented a solo exhibition of her work: Nudes and published the catalogue by the same name with an introduction by Javier Villarreal Lozano, the head of the institution.

In January 2008 José Roquero de Teresa, director of the virtual enterprise, artedemundo.com, presented the catalogue Lucille Wong. La mirada y la luz (Lucille Wong: The Gaze and Light) in the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, an edition that she coordinated, bringing together landscapes, nudes, flowers, and a wide range of horses, a vigorous and emblematic theme in the artist’s work. In October, the gallery Naxica inaugurated the exhibition De los espejos del tiempo (Of the Mirrors of Time). In November 2009, she presents the exhibition Flowers, nudes and landscapes in the Patricia Mendoza Gallery in San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. As part of the cultural activity celebrating the Bicentennial aniversary of Mexico´s independance, in January 2010, she presents a collection of nudes: Una luz inasible ( ….) in the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa. The same year, in April, the opening of the Retrospective exhibition Lucille Wong: cuatro décadas de pintura ( Lucille Wong: four decades of painting ) took place in the Museum El Cuartel del Arte, Hidalgo, Mexico. E.R.B

     
     
     
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