Lucia Cuba
Designer & Textile Artist
New York, NY
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Ann M. Hatch.

Lucia Cuba’s work approaches design and the construction and exploration of garments as performative and political devices, broadening the understanding of the role of fashion design and wearable objects, from purely functional, commercial or aesthetic considerations to social, ethical, and political perspectives.

Cuba has developed projects concerned with health, activism, education and the study of non-Western fashion systems at the intersection of fashion design, textile art and social science. As a designer and scholar, she is interested in issues of gender, biopolitics, and global fashion practices. Her work has been showcased at the Museum Boijmans, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Centre d’art la Panera, Museo Amparo, the OCT Art & Design Gallery, Bric Arts Media, among other international cultural venues. She received an MFA in Fashion Design and Society from Parsons School of Design and a BSc in Social Psychology at Cayetano Heredia University in Peru, where she also undertook MA studies in Educational Psychology and Ph.D. studies in Public Health. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Fashion at Parsons, The New School University in New York, and as an independent designer.  

Portrait photo courtesy artist.
  • La espera/The waiting, 2013. Cotton canvas, rubber, synthetic hair. Photo by Erasmo Wong.
  • Consentimiento Informado/Informed consent, 2013. Digital printing & sewing on cotton canvas. Photo by Erasmo Wong.
  • Ejercicio #1/Exercise #1, 2014. Weaving & embroidery on pima cotton. Photo by Tony Robles.
  • Intervención 1/Intervention 1, 2012-2013. Recycled raffia bags. Photo by Erasmo Wong.
  • Estados unidos de.../United states of..., 2013. Tapestry weaving, alpaca wool, satin rattail-rope, cotton rope. Photo by Erasmo Wong.