Hugo Lami Portugal, b. 1994

Biography

‘I research the impact of technology in our society, firstly to keep myself attached to reality, but with the purpose of hopefully reminding people that the devices we use are tools and that they must be used by us, rather than let ourselves be used by them.

Hugo Lami’s work peers into the digital and virtual absurdity of contemporary culture, evoking our social dependency on technological devices and social media. His paintings portray editable environments of 3D construction software, with the purpose of re-embodying virtual tools. The sculptures and installations, on the other hand, investigate the hardware of our technological evolution and by fusing concepts and objects, while displacing them in time, the works create innovative narratives of possible Utopian and Dystopian futures that could quite easily become a reality. Lami says: ‘I love technology, but I also hate it. Every new device gives me hope that maybe that’s the one that is going to change my life. It never is.’

 

Hugo's work unfolds into painting, sculpture, multimedia installation, performance, and most recently into Digital art through means of an Augmented Reality App that expands the paintings as virtual sculpture.

 

‘I research the impact of technology in our society, firstly to keep myself attached to reality, but with the purpose of hopefully reminding people that the devices we use are tools and that they must be used by us, rather than let ourselves be used by them. I see painting as an expansion of a mind while sculpture expands as a physical body into our world. Reality has become more digital, and what was once seen as the virtual, starts to merge with our physical world validated by a technological dominance in our lives. As people (profiles), replace places (site), online events, meetings, happenings create substance for the virtual reality to be augmented into our own. The questions that drive Lami's research and practice: Is a painting with Augmented Reality still a painting if it can only be fully seen through a device? Is virtual sculpture still sculpture if it doesn’t exist in the real world? Where does one begin and end? What is the future of Art? What is our Future?’

 

Hugo Lami has a Masters in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art and a Degree in Painting from the Lisbon Fine Arts Academy. Lami has been exhibiting in galleries and institutional spaces across Europe since 2014. He was awarded the Public’s Choice Award at VIA Arts Prize, London, 2019, and made his first public sculpture in 2018 in Ermioni, Greece. In 2020 he was an Artist in Residence at the Muse at 269 in London and worked in a commission for the organisation Sustainability First. His next exhibition will be ‘No Reino da Nuvens’ in May at the Museum MU.SA in Sintra and ‘Re-connect’ in June at Bermondsey Project Space commissioned by UK Power Networks in London.

 

We are proud to say that Hugo Lami was the irrefutable winner of the 2021 Neon Gallery Art Award.

 

https://hugolami.unitear.com/ 

Works
  • Hugo Lami, A Love Story, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    A Love Story, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, A Tail's Tale, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    A Tail's Tale, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, An Elephant Never Forgets, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    An Elephant Never Forgets, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Between Here and There, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Between Here and There, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Burning Desires, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Burning Desires, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Doge Found on the Moone, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Doge Found on the Moone, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Escaping Reality, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Escaping Reality, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Eyes Wide Open, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Eyes Wide Open, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Floating Emojionless, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Floating Emojionless, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Floating In Space, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Floating In Space, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Forever Alone, Never Alone, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Forever Alone, Never Alone, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Generation Lost In Space, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Generation Lost In Space, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Gertrude, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Gertrude, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Grab me by my hair, and Bring me to the Moon, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Grab me by my hair, and Bring me to the Moon, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Half Truths, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Half Truths, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Hotspot, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Hotspot, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, I Fall in Love Too Easily, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    I Fall in Love Too Easily, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, I Need Connection, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    I Need Connection, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Incognito Profile, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Incognito Profile, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Lèche-moi sous la Lune, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Lèche-moi sous la Lune, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Mars, verba non acta (Mars, speak before acting), 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Mars, verba non acta (Mars, speak before acting), 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Me, Me, Me!, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Me, Me, Me!, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Number 1, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Number 1, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Rocket Human, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Rocket Human, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Send Me Your Location, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Send Me Your Location, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Some Things Weren't Meant to be Texted, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Some Things Weren't Meant to be Texted, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Sometimes you Eat, Other Times You Get Eaten, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Sometimes you Eat, Other Times You Get Eaten, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Sssinful Money, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Sssinful Money, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Staying Alive, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Staying Alive, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, That's All Folks, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    That's All Folks, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, The Birth of a Dream, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    The Birth of a Dream, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, The Voice Behind the Screen, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    The Voice Behind the Screen, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Tu ne devrais pas regarder le Soleil, 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Tu ne devrais pas regarder le Soleil, 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Untitled (Planet 1), 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Untitled (Planet 1), 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Untitled (Planet 2), 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Untitled (Planet 2), 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Untitled (Planet 3), 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Untitled (Planet 3), 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Venus, vidi vici veni (Venus, I saw, I conquered, I came) , 2021
    Hugo Lami
    Venus, vidi vici veni (Venus, I saw, I conquered, I came) , 2021
  • Hugo Lami, Creation of a New World, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Creation of a New World, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, Instinctively Addicted, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Instinctively Addicted, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, Lust, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Lust, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, Texting like an animal, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Texting like an animal, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, The X Factor, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    The X Factor, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, Thinking Blue, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Thinking Blue, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, Wrath, 2020
    Hugo Lami
    Wrath, 2020
  • Hugo Lami, I Can't Stop Thinking About You, 2019
    Hugo Lami
    I Can't Stop Thinking About You, 2019
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