Lucian Moriyama (°1991, Honolulu) is an artist and writer. He revisits cultural and material histories, excavating utopian forms and exotic fantasies. Artifice and fiction emerge as central themes in his works exploring the lacunae and exotica of art history, architecture, and music. His ongoing still life series appropriates scagliola, a plaster-based technique imitating marble which was widely used in baroque palaces, World’s Fairs, and colonial exhibitions. In realizing these poetic works, he creates original subtexts: imaginary geologies, forged photographs and fragments, fictional books, and tragicomic songs, exploring the interplay between real and fiction, the ideal and its tragic double, the object and the illusion. Lucian Moriyama studied at the University of Glasgow and the Beaux-Arts de Marseille, where he received the Prix François Bret. He has presented his works at Manifesta 13, ArtContest, Art-O-Rama, and Jeune Création, and has participated in conferences at Tramway and Mucem. He has been a resident at the Villa Filanda Antonini, the Villa Empain, and the Collection Lambert.
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