October 9, 1920|
|Alma mater||Javeriana University|
Lucy Tejada Saenz (born Pereira, October 9, 1920 – died Cali, November 2, 2011) was a Colombian contemporary painter.
Lucy Tejada Saenz was born in Pereira, Colombia on October 9, 1920 and died in Cali, Colombia on November 2, 2011. She came from a family of artists (her brother was the painter Hernando Tejada). She lived in Cali from 1936. After the death of her mother, Lucy moved to Bogota to study at the Javeriana University, and graduated from the School of Fine arts. There she met the also painter Antonio Valencia, that later would be her husband.
She completed her training in the Saint Academy Fernando and the School of Graphic Arts of Madrid, Spain. After a trip to the Guajira, in the year 1947, she had her first exhibition. In the 1950s, she travelled forfive years in Europe staying in Madrid, Paris and Bucharest, where she discovered the big museums..
She has works in the Club Rialto of Pereira, the solon museum of Cali and in the Library Luís Ángel Arango, of Bogota. Her characters, imaginary beings of black and deep eyes live in her paintings, that resemble his world; a beautiful ideal world, inhabited only by women and boys. The artistic legacy is a trip by a world knitted of dreams, evocations and original proposals.
Lucy Tejada exhibited her works in America and Europe, receiving several prizes by his work in different national contests without scholarships neither support of the state, always lived of the sale of his works and felt proud of this, is the future of all the artists of this country. Lucy Tejada, in company of his family and of near friends, constituted the Lucy Tejada Foundation, with the aim to conserve and spread his work and the one of Hernando, his brother, memories of Cali that creates and builds possible worlds each day.
From the decade of the 1050s, her work had big international presence, when she participated of biennial in Venecia, São Paulo, Mexico, Córdoba-Argentina, Medellín, San Juan-Puerto Rico and The Habana-Cuba.
Afterwards of the death of Lucy Tejada and fulfilling her will, the family delivered to the city of Pereira a very valuable collection of 163 piecesher work. The works of curation, study and preservation of such collection in preparation to a permanent public exhibition in a future.
After two weeks in the unit of intensive cares of the clinic of Occident of Cali, Lucy Tejada died to the age of 91 years, on November 2, 2011. She was survived by her children Claudia and the also artist Alejandro Valencia Tejada.
- Alejandro Obregón called her "painter of the tenderness". Lucy Tejada exposed many times his works in America and Europe, received several prizes, among others the Medal of the Cultural Merit in recognition to his contributions to the Colombian art during more than 50 years, and always lived of the sale of his works.
- National prize of Painting (1957)
- Prize of Acquisition (1962)
- First place of the Tenth Festival of Art (1970)
- In the year 2008, the Ministry of culture of Colombia conceded him the Prize Life and Work, by his contributions and his long path in the painting.
- Poetic art : anthology, 1942–1976 / Oscar Echeverri Mejía ; [recorded of Lucy Tejada] Echeverri Mejía, Óscar (1918– ) Authors Secun: Tejada, Lucy Publication: [S.l. : s.n., 1978] ([Cali, Colombia] : Imp. Departamental) .177 p.: il.; 24 cm
- Lucy Tejada. Lucy Tejada / texts, Gonzalo Mallarino ... [Et al.]. Publication: [S.l.] : Alejandro Valencia Tejada, 1997 (Cali, Colombia : Printer Feriva) Description: 252 p. : ill. (some Cabbage.) ; 28 cm. ISBN 9583307009
- Lucy Tejada, retrospective, 1949–1982 of Lucy Tejada; National Museum of Colombia. Publication: Bogota : Colombian Institute of Culture, 
- The World of Lucy Tejada. Beatriz Uribe of Urdinola: Lucy Tejada: Retrospective 1951 – 1992. Publications Wall, 1993.
- Medellín Forero, Carlos; Meneghetti, ArstidesLucy Tejada: "an art of submission to inner norms" / Carlos Medellín Forero In Magazine: Bogota cultural and bibliographic Bulletin: Bank of the Republic, Library Luis-Angel Arango – 1:9 (1958:oct.) 320 ISSN 0006-6184
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
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