Luz Angela Medina was born in the late 1950s and grew up during the social movements of the 1960s including hippies, rock and roll, and Woodstock. She was influenced by everything happening in the world and in her country, which was marked by violence and social upheaval. Despite being just a child, she was drawn to the art scene in Colombia, which experienced a significant shift thanks to Marta Traba, an Argentine art critic who lived in Colombia.
After a short stint in college pursuing a non-art-related degree, Medina married and had two children. Later, she attended the National University of Bogotá to study visual arts, specializing in ceramics. Throughout her life, Medina has always had an interest in art and creating. She would spend her time painting and playing with her siblings, using their imaginations to create anything they could think of. This spirit of curiosity and play still lives on in Medina, even though she is now a grandmother. Her art is a way of understanding and interpreting the world's complexities, using color, form, and line to express herself.
After many years of being a mother, wife, and entrepreneur, Medina returned to the art world and started to create again. She took painting classes and learned the technique of paper mache. During the pandemic, she joined virtual workshops with the talented artist Jessica Morillo. She discovered the world of textile art, a form she had always been drawn to but never fully explored. She had always had a needle, thread, or fabric in her hands, creating sweaters, cushions, and other household items but never following instructions or rules.
Now, she has found a way to express herself through line, color, form, language, and volume. She discovered contemporary jewelry, macrame, basket weaving, embroidery, and crochet, and continues learning, deconstructing, constructing, mending, and recomposing. Medina is particularly interested in the domestic aspects of the home and what they represent, the role of women within this system, and the construction of this space and how we inhabit it. Through her art, she explores how our actions can transform our surroundings and how these surroundings, in turn, become a part of us. Medina's work is a silent resistance to societal expectations of what women should be and do. She sees herself as part of a long history of women who have woven together a tapestry of stories.