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Her work comments on the transience of time and landscape, and elevates the seemingly banal through immersive, place-based installations and sculptures. 



Luba Zygarewicz is a Chilean-Ukrainian artist, educator, and mother of four based in the New Orleans area. She grew up in Bolivia and moved to San Francisco at age 15. She received a BA in Sculpture from Loyola University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Working in a responsive manner, Zygarewicz creates material-and-process driven pieces that archive the quotidian to highlight and value ordinary human experience.  


She has exhibited nationally and internationally including ‘OPEN Space', Venice, Italy; Ogden Museum and CAC in New Orleans; City of Santa Rosa Public Art, CA; Mexican Cultural Institute of New Orleans; and Women’s Gallery, Chicago, IL. Some of her socially engaged public art projects are ‘Sentinels’ in conjunction with Tides Institute, Eastport, Maine: EPHEMERA and Supernova at Laffite Greenway; ‘the HOPE project’ at the ruins of Sãn Sebastião, Messejana, Portugal; and March Against Poverty, Lake Providence, LA.


She was awarded residencies at The Hambidge Center, StudioWorks at Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Buinho Creative Hub in Portugal, and Chalk Hill Artist Residency. Zygarewicz has participated in workshops and collaborations with the European Cultural Academy in Venice, Italy, and is a recipient of a grant from Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Artist Statement

Throughout her career, Zygarewicz has been fascinated by the multiple meanings of natural and mundane materials and how audiences associate these elements with their own life and sensory experiences. 


She gravitates to creating pieces that, in time, accumulate to a larger whole, working with materials such as hair, lint, twigs, cotton, and tea as she explores concepts of identity, belonging, fragility and strength.  Her practice is process-and-material driven and working in a responsive she gathers and collects to create pieces that reflect labor and hint of a reverence for the handmade. “Transformed into monuments, her assorted possessions begin to exist within the space as diagrammatic images while retaining their status as concrete objects.” Eve O’Shea 


Her work comments on the transience of time and landscape, and elevates the seemingly banal through immersive, place-based installations and sculptures. 





1994      San Francisco Art Institute; MFA, in Sculpture and New Genre

1989      Loyola University, New Orleans, LA; BA in Visual Arts

1989      University of Georgia Athens, Cortona, Italy




2021      watermark,  Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

              Sentinels, socially engaged environmental project, Tides Institute and Museum of Art,

              Masonic Building, Eastport, Maine

              dwell in possibilities: Letters to the Sea III - Jan 5th, Mandeville Lakefront, LA,

              Ephemeral LandWorks Series

2020      RISORGERE, public art commission by the City of Santa Rosa commemorating the North Bay Fires, CA

              cultivate a heart at rest:  Letters to the Sea II, Lake Pontchartrain, LA, Jan 5th, Feb 2nd, Jul15th,

              Ephemeral LandWorks Series

2019      Rooted in Wonder for EPHEMERA, Public Art Interventions, Lafitte Greenway, New Orleans, LA

              Projeto Andorinha:  the hope project, site intervention SE, ruins of Sãn Sebastião Church,

              Messejana, Portugal

              a hundred miles:  Indícios de Messejana,  installation, Walking Meditations Series,

              Buinho Creative Hub, Portugal

              Walking on Air, interactive site performance, Walking Meditations Series, Santa Maria de Olearia Monastery,

              Maiori, Italy

2017       Between the Lines, Myers South Gallery, Living Arts of Tulsa, OK




2022     No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA (upcoming)

             Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

             Remember Earth?, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

             13 Collective Exhibition, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2021     Silent Light, Walter Anderson Museum, Ocean Springs, MS

             Allumer Natchez, light and environment activations of the Historic Dunleith site, Nathez, MS

             UNSETTLED, international online exhibit,  ____THIS Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

             no place like home, The Bakery Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia                          

             3D MISSISSIPPI SCULPTURE SHOW, Studio Waveland and Gallery, Waveland, MS  

             The OUTSIDE SHOW, Public Art Installation, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

2020     LUNA Fete SUPERNOVA, Light-based Public Art Installations, New Orleans, LA

             OPEN SPACE, Giardini della Marinaressa, Venice, Italy (Lead Artist for Alveare Pollinators Collective)

             Art for Activism, Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

             Faculty Collects II, Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

             Visiting  Artists  Exhibition,  Kirschman Artspace, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, LA

2019     MIXED, Studio Waveland and Gallery, Waveland, MS          

             13th  Annual   Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

2019     Pushing Boundaries, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA

             Hive  Mind, Collin C. Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

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