b. 1948, Montevideo, Uruguay - d. 2014, Greenport, New York
A unique talent in the world of ceramics, Buzio learned to create, form, and shape clay sculptures from the master ceramicist José Collell, based on ancient Amerindian practices. Buzio continued to work within this same method, cutting earthenware slabs into geometric shapes, and then combining these cylinders, cones, and hemispheres to form the body of her sculptures. Using special pigments which she mixed herself, the artist drew and painted directly onto her unfired works. Before firing, Buzio burnished her pieces; this step serves to fuse the paint into the clay and results in the unique luminosity and distinctive hues that characterize her artworks.
After moving to New York in the early 70s', Buzio's pictorial vocabulary shifted to reflect her new urban surroundings, inspiring her to create her New York Cityscapes, with their evocative rooflines, cast iron architecture, and water towers. Her last series of abstract geometric designs executed in bright primary colors, represented a new direction in her practice.
Buzio's ceramics are found in the Brooklyn Museum New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; the Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Museum of History and the Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. Buzio’s work is also included in several other international museums and private collections.
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Remembering Lidya Buzio (1948-2014)
We are deeply saddened to share the news of Lidya Buzio's passing. Buzio's legacy as a unique talent lives on in her ceramic artworks.
"Change must come slowly, truthfully,...Collel put that into my brain. He felt that one must stumble upon the new not pursue it. But I cannot remain just with abstraction. I may still go back and forth between total abstraction and reality, since the abstraction comes from reality. My end goal is a created world. And tomorrow? Who knows where I will be."
Lidya Buzio quoted in Garth Clark's essay "The House at 5510", Lidya Buzio Ceramics, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., 2012
"The effect offered by Buzio, whether in clay or wood, is an illusory one, a magical feast, a post structural ensemble of playful extruded forms. The illusion of these shapes, colors and linear patterns accumulates, after a stealthy period of euphoric contemplation, into something replete with innuendo, obstreperously shifting in scale and proportion. These ironic architectonic deconstructions resemble a psychic phenomenon, the kind that one may feel in those congested screen sets from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Whatever the phenomenon-whether psychic or aesthetic-Buzio has done it. Her glazed and burnished ceramic spectacles are so carefully
Robert C. Morgan, Lidya Buzio, American Ceramics, Vol.15 No. 1, 2006
Lidya Buzio: Ceramics featured in CFile
We are please to announce the Lidya Buzio: Ceramics catalogue being featured in CFile.
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Lidya Buzio Featured in Cerámica magazine
We are pleased to announce that Lidya Buzio is being featured in the following magazine article:
Forma y color o un mundo de sensaciones, by Antonio Vivas, Revista Internacional Cerámica, № 103, 2013
Lidya Buzio's exhibit featured in Carnegie Hall Event
We're proud to announce that Lidya Buzio's exhibition will be featured in Voices from Latin America.
From November 8 through December 11, 2012 Carnegie Hall pays tribute to Latinamerican cultures in a citywide festival through events at prestigious partner organizations. With more than 60 events, the festival includes music, dance, film, art, photography, and more.
For more information about the event please visit www.carnegiehall.org/latinamerica
Lidya Buzio ceramic at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
We are pleased to announce that a beautiful 1984 ceramic piece by Lidya Buzio is featured in Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics, The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection, currently on exhibition at the MFAH through June 3, 2012.