Lydia Baker

Lydia Baker lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2020. She is a recipient of the New York Academy of Art’s Post-Graduate Chubb Fellowship, NYFA’s City Artist Corps Grant and an IEA Art Heals Grant. Her work has been featured by numerous publications including Art Maze Magazine, Friend of the Artist, Artsy and Juxtapoz. Baker has exhibited her work throughout the United States, recently at Sugarlift Gallery and through the Chubb Insurance Viewing Room at Art Basel. In the fall of 2021, she will be an artist in residence at the High Line Nine x Sugarlift Gallery in NYC and at the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York. 

Artist statement:

A need for a playful escapism led me to create my current body of work. As I draw, I immerse myself in different worlds, offering the viewer a point of departure from reality. Trusting my intuition, I primarily use colored pencils on paper to create vibrant, whimsical scenes. Female figures enjoy bodily freedom, savoring moments of discovery and pleasure. The beauty of nature is spiritualized— nestled somewhere between pure harmony and the unknown

Two/Three-Person Exhibitions:


-Chubb Fellows Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

-Exit Point, Sugarlift Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions/Fairs


-Artists for Artists, Sotheby’s, New York, NY (upcoming)

-Six New Voices for the Twenties, Susan Eley Fine Arts, New York, NY (online) 


-Art Basel Miami, Chubb Insurance Viewing Room (online)

-Artists for Artists, via Sotheby’s & New York Academy of Art (online)

-The Feminine Agenda, Women’s Work Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

-Summer Exhibition, Juried by Joeonna Bellardo-Samuels, Andrea Scott & Alia Williams, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (online)

-Milieu, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

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