Lydia Azout studied at the Taller de David Manzur in Bogota from 1970 to 74. Later she continued her studies with Luis Camnitzer in city of Lucca (Italy) during 1981 then in 1988 she took workshops at the Institute of Marble and Art in Pietrasanta (Italy).
Individually she has been exhibiting since 1978 in major galleries, museums and biennales around the world, such us the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota and in Cali, The Alejandro Otero Museum of Caracas –Venezuela. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and in numerous private collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in Bogota, Colombia.
Lydia Azout’s artwork emerges from the same wonderment that gives rise to philosophy and makes the world a larger and more profound place, and, as Plato argued, our ordinary reason glimpses the shadow of mystery that hovers over all that exists. Her task has consisted in projecting that shadow in such a way that each of her artistic projects produces a kind of opening up to what can only be named through the “Language of Silence”.
Her sculptures and installations convey her journey: she has found vestiges of ancient seminal forms, and she revives them through the use of elements drawn from nature and transformed through human intervention, like metal, for instance, which contains the lessons associated to fire and lasting shapes. Whether covered by the dark patina of iron oxide, or playing with the light that steel reflects − as is the case in this exhibition −her works open up the abstract to the representation of the invisible, and radiate a cosmic meaning to the surrounding space.