Augusta Atla is an artist working in primarily painting, on the theory and history of painting. Her work questions the methods and history of painting, – collaging, erasing and re-assemble imagery in order to unfold methods of image making and to create a space for the viewer and herself to dwell on identity construction and the activities of humanity: our virtues, tragedies and patterns of love and loss. In historical terms, her working method harks back to Europe’s first cave paintings, leaving traces of both our fears and the virtues of a civilisation on a surface.
Augusta Atla lives and works in Copenhagen Denmark. She has exhibited widely during the last two decades, including institutional exhibitions at: Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark; REMAP4 Contemporary Art Festival, Athens Greece; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Spain; Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway;Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Museet for Samtidskunst, Denmark; Brandts, Odense, Denmark; Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; The Danish Institute at Athens, Athens, Greece.
Her artworks belong to public museum collections, e.g. Horsens Kunstmuseum (DK), Randers Kunstmuseum (DK), Statens Kunstfond (DK).
Augusta received an Award of Excellence from the Fine Art faculty of Goldsmiths, University of London in 2006 and the Horsens Art Museum Art Award in 2007.
Augusta’s paintings, prints, collages, sculptures and drawings are in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, the United States and Spain, e.g. in mayor private collections such as Dimitris Daskalopoulos/ NEON (GR), Montana Furniture (DK).
From 2007 – 2016, Augusta travelled across Europe, living in Venice, Rome, Milan, Paris and Athens, visiting the artworks of the European Masters, researching religious iconography and exploring the history of Greek Antiquity, all of which still have a profound influence on her work. From 2014 to 2016, Augusta lived full in Athens, Greece, where she founded, curated and ran MAISON d’ART CONTEMPORAIN ATHÈNES / MACA.