Lucia Bayon


Lucía Bayón Mendoza (1994) lives and works in Madrid.

She graduated in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid and completed a stay at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She holds a Master in Fine Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

She has shown her work widely at a national and European level in institutions, independent spaces and galleries, opening her first solo exhibition, ese entredós, with Intersticio (2022). She has received various awards such as the Visual Arts Scholarship from Fundación Botín(2019), Circuitos de Artes Plásticas de la Comunidad de Madrid (2020), and Generaciones award from Fundación Montemadrid (2020).

She has done residencies at the SommerAkademie in Salzburg (2019), Matadero Madrid (2022) and Tabakalera Donostia (2022).

In addition, alongside with Lukas Meßner, Bayón is co-founder of digestivo: an itinerant curatorial initiative and errant project space. digestivo acts as host to other artists’s work, while exploring fermentation and preservation processes, and fostering a space for insightful culinary and communal encounters.


I center my practice around making. Making interests me from the field of study of continuity versus discontinuity. I think a lot about repetition. I wonder why try to press a seal on running water or how to do it. I am interested in the notions of flow, fold, and semantic field of circulation associated with a methodology that tries to become a multi-fold dynamic that changes at a relatively stable rate.

The materialization of my practice is built from sculpture and language. Word and matter are conceived as elements immersed in a continuous sway where I try to register something that is halfway between one and the other. I am interested in exploring the possibilities that arise from composing from a series of elements of the same semantic field, the limits of translation between language (word, writing, moulding cast), and matter (malleable element, mutable content) to generate visual terms (form, model).

The sculptural productions resulting from this exercise are articulated from the minor, the discarded, the excess, and the codified. Combining industrial processing techniques, mechanical blending or shredding, and craft traditions, I try to address the workings of specific production methods and the conditions under which this labor is produced. The very insistence on the continuous repetition and accumulation of recurring gestures, rhythms and motifs culminates in the perception of a stasis or moment of arrest of overlapping contents, thus provoking the necessary discontinuity that is change, and the possibility for the practice to adopt a sensitivity to remain speculative. Here I point to an idea of convening, while sustaining a circuit that entangles movements of circularity, processes of deconstruction, and the residual in slow becoming.

Recent work touches on the history of the fabric of industrialization and the production spaces that enable the very making of the works. Thinking from language, and particularly from verbs -fields of action- associated with sculpture, pieces governed by the mechanics of the machines used for their production have been outlined, examining the translation of physical resonances through various materials and carrying out tasks such as soaking, pressing, draining, tightening or compacting.


Lucia Bayon Mendoza
1994, Madrid.
Lives and works in Madrid

2018-2020 MFA. Piet Zwart Institute. Rotterdam, NL
2012-2016 BFA. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ES
2015-2017 Klasse Josephine Pryde. Universitit der Kiinste. Berlin, DE

Solo and duo shows
2022 Duo presentation with Andrés Izquierdo. Intersticio at Arco Lisboa, PT.
2022 ese entredés. Intersticio. Madrid, ES
2021 How blue the sky was. Duo with Nora Aurrekoetxea. Haus Wien. Vienna, AT
2020 Spoil Conduct. Duo with Lukas MeBner. Available and the Rat. Rotterdam, NL

Group exhibitions (selection)
2023 ArtSituactons. Madrid, ES
2022 ITINERARIOS XXVIII. Fundacién Centro Botin. Santander, ES
2022 Colapso. TEA. Tenerife, ES
2022 Raices por defecto. Sala de Arte Joven . Madrid, ES
2022 Una historia del arte reciente 1960-2020. Fundacién Joan March. Mallorca, ES
2021 Material Contexts. Piet Zwart Institute. Het Archief. Rotterdam, NL
2021 Hot Links. Pradiauto. Madrid, ES
2021 Claro del Bosque. Intersticio. Madrid, ES
2021 Generacidn 2021. La Casa Encendida. Madrid, ES
2020 Cayé is casa, trepé la dama. Circuitos XXX 1. Sala de Arte Joven. Madrid, ES
2020 Scratching the surface. Galeria Travesia Cuatro. Madrid, ES
2020 Open Studios. Piet Zwart Institute. Rotterdam, NL
2020 Short Pieces That Move. Publication launch and readings.PZI. Rotterdam, NL
2019 Farmers Salad. Kunsthuis SYB. Beetsterzwaag, NL.
2019 Pulp Puppets. Twenty One Southend. Southend On Sea, UK.
2019 B_dum_psssh. LocatieZ. Den Haag, NL
2019 Studios Open. Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
2018 Sobre la Belleza. CC. Can Felipa. Barcelona, ES
2018 Valar Fyr. SteenMuseet. Gotland, SE
2018 Archipiélago. Antigiia Embajada Britanica. Madrid ES
2017 Open Studio Sunday. Ashley. Berlin, DE
2017 Devenir mundo. La Colmena at Urg31. Madrid, ES
2017 JustMad emergent Art Fair Madrid, ES
2016 II convocatoria. La Colmena at Urg3l. Madrid, ES
2016 Rundgang Klasse Josephine Pryde. Universitit der Kiinste Berlin, DE

Grants | distinctions
2022 Shortlisted for ArtSituacions III. Barcelona, ES
2020 XXI Certamen Generaciones. Fundacién Montemadrid. Madrid, ES
2020 XXXI Circuitos de Artes Plasticas. Comunidad de Madrid, ES
2019 Beca de Artes Plasticas. Fundacion Botin. Santander, ES
2018 Creacié Artistica d’Arts Visuals, CC. Can Felipa. Barcelona, ES

2022 Tabakalera. Donostia, ES
2022 Centro de Residencias Matadero Madrid. Madrid, ES
2019 CA-ALPPLSYBJJOAJD – MPING. Kunsthuis SYB. Beetsterzwaag, NL
2019 In the Conglomerate with Michael Beutler. SommerAkademie Salzburg, AT
2018 Valar Fyr. Gottland, SE
2015 Artists and designers in residence. Faculdade de Belas Artes. Lisboa, PT

2022 Artist talk. EFTI. Madrid, ES
2022 Artist talk. IED. Madrid, ES
2021 Artist talk. Universidad Nebrija. Madrid, ES

2022 ITINERARIOS XXVIII. Fundacién Centro Botin. Santander, ES
2022 Raices por defecto. Se busca comisario. Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid,ES
2021 Generacién 202/. Fundacié6n Montemadrid. Madrid, ES
2021 Cay Ja casa, trepo la dama. XXXI Circuitos Artes Plasticas. Comunidad de
Madrid. Futuro studio, Madrid, ES
2020 Short Pieces That Move. Edited by MFA students and Kate Briggs, Piet
Zwart Institute, Réterdam, NL. Limited edition of 200 copies.
2019 Room !, Room 3. Podcast “Your Silence Will Not Protect You”. Piet Zwart
Institute. Rotterdam, NL.
2018 Take a Note Soft Hands Soft Hands. MFA Piet Zwart Institute, Réterdam, NL.
Limited edition of 50 copies.
2018 Sobre Ja Bellesa, Catdlogo de exposicién. CC. Can Felipa. Barcelona, ES
2016 Casa Tomada. Limited edition of 10 copies.

digestivo (2019- ) with Lukas MeBner. Rotterdam, NL www
2020 Tempest Gourmand. Haus Wien. Vienna, AT
2020 A voice can only break a glass that already has a crack in it. Rotterdam, NL
2019 Colofonia liquida y saliva. Rotterdam, NL
2019 Mocdring I. Rotterdam, NL
2019 A tension: Gni8 aus der Kiiche. digestivo #1. Rotterdam, NL

Work in collections
DKV Foundation. Madrid, ES.
Montemadrid Foundation. Madrid, ES

Artwork in Exhibition