Artist and Multiple Sclerosis advicate Lydiaemily was born into an activist family passionate about civil rights, social justice and equality, Lydia Emily’s work is infused with a grace parallel to the injustice behind the imagery. She is compelled to speak out not only with powerful paintings and murals, but also by forming and supporting foundations whose work has an impact. In 2012, she founded The Karma Underground (TKU), a non-profit organization whose goal is to “someday see a Tibet free from Chinese oppression.” Her visual concepts and imagery speak softly to loud troubles in the world.
Lydia Emily’s paintings are each created on a background collaged of news paper. She created this technique as a way for her to reference the static noise referred to as news. The daily paper as a bible to the masses, communicating what is. She learned early on that we each need to decide for ourselves what is and that all the static can blind one to the real story.
A prolific and dynamic international artist, Lydia Emily's work has been featured at gallery shows in Milan, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington DC, and San Francisco. She has been selected by Red Bull to exhibit works at Scope Gallery for Art Basel. Her portrait of Julian Assange was featured in the documentary “We Sell Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”. Gucci commissioned a mural honoring Jessica Madkiff on a wall in LA’s Skid Row. Jessica was a victim of sex trafficking and exploitation. Her story is told in the documentary “Jessica’s Story”.
Lydia Emily fought of caner in 2012 and was then diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 These issues serve as catalysts for not only her art, but also for her social engagement as a speaker. In 2015, she created four large murals spreading a message of hope to those whose lives are touched by M.S. These inspirational murals are located in LA; Houston,TX; Portland, OR; and Louisville, KY. She plans to continue painting the hopeful murals for M.S. chapters around the globe.
Lydia Emily is the subject of the documentary PC594 Currently in production. The documentary is being directed by Libby Spears. The documentary is an in depth look at her work as an artist and activist. And how they come together in her stunning paintings.
Lydia Emily Archibald was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1971. After a well traveled childhood, she landed in LA where she has lived and worked for over 30 years and raises her two daughters.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
Red Bull Gallery
Scope Gallery Miami
ArtShare LA Gallery
Paint Berlin, Germany
Pop Gallery Washington DC, Milan Italy and Haiti
Selected Muesum Shows:
Museum Of Latin American Art
Rosa Parks Muesum
Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco,CA; Brooklyn, NY; Phoenix,AZ; Oakland, CA; Saint Thomas USVI, Washington DC; Portland, OR; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY.