Lex Lumiere is an award-winning photographer and artist. Her work in photography, oil painting, and mixed media thrusts social boundaries and is often deemed thought provoking in subject matter. Themes of environmentalism, activism, humor and spirituality flood Lex’s collections. Her art is politically and energetically charged because, as she says, “ it has to be, there is no point in creating artwork that does not strike a nerve or touch a soul.”
Raised in Houston, Texas, Lex spent many summers at Cricchio Studios, her grandfather’s photography business, training in classic lighting and darkroom photography. Lumiere’s grandfather is self-made, Kodak Camera Craftsman, Frank Cricchio, one of the World's Top 50 Photographers. He is the only Texan to receive the Texas Lone Star Award, the Fuji Lifetime Achievement Award and United Nations Ambassador Award for photographic excellence as a respected international pioneer and educator on lighting and photography. He was the President of the Houston PPA in 1972 and has photography in the collection of the Gulf Coast Museum. Her former grandmother, the beloved Bea Cricchio, was also an award winning portrait painter and the first Spanish and Native American female accepted into Professional Photographers of America as a Photo 'Craftsman' in 1974 for her skills in retouching negatives and images by hand or painting entire portraits. Lex carries the torch of a creative family legacy as her ancestral grandfather was a Composer who married a Spanish Aristocrat before the turn of the century; together they traveled overseas for love but she died in childbirth to give her son a new life in America and birth to generations of artists.
During high school, Lex was mentored by Honors art instructor Mrs. Robinson-Tata, a recipient of Excellence in Teaching in the Arts from Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Robinson challenged Lex beyond the technical skill her grandparents taught and pushed her to excel creatively until Lex was chosen as one of two students to represent the entire city of Houston School District by exhibiting with the famous Parisian Photographer, Daniel Aron at Hermes. Shortly after graduating, Lumiere was signed to her first agent, internationally respected Italian Neoclassic Surrealism painter, Sylvio Trentini who introduced her to the 'professional fine art circuit' by age eighteen and sponsored her first solo art exhibit at the Grand Kempenski, Dallas.
Lex Lumiere was originally recognized and published in 2000 as an ‘Artist of the Millennium,’ representing the Top 100 Artists of the Century. Her artwork was also showcased in one of the last exhibits at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York City before it was sold. There her art adorned the walls with famous artists like Jackson Pollock, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol to benefit the Tsunami Relief Fund. Lumiere's photography has also been displayed on the 25,000 Sq foot Clear Channel Billboard for a BMW Mini Cooper campaign in Times Square. In 2015, Lex's photographic essay ‘Breaking Borders’ was showcased for ‘The Exposure Award’ at the Louvre Museum in Paris and published in their art book. She represented the entire State of Texas with a solo exhibit of original photographs and oil paintings in 2016 at the Houston Fine Art Fair among 5,000 exhibitors next to Picasso, hosted by the Hamptons Group. Lumiere has also sold artwork at Charity Auctions including the HRC Gala in Washington and NYC, GLAAD Gala in San Francisco and the Lurie Gallery whose owner gave Basquiat his first exhibit in Beverly Hills, for Camille Grammer, Housewives of Beverly Hills, benefiting the Foundation For Women’s Cancer. In 2016, Lex Lumiere’s artwork also achieved another milestone, becoming part of the Stonewall National Archives permanent collection for ‘The Orlando 49’ exhibit and memorial.
Lex's paintings, drawings and photography weave a dance of advanced spiritual studies that question, educate and enlighten her audience. Add in her natural intuitive gifts and a work of art takes on layers of meaning like a pearl, with so much more going on beneath the surface. Lex is fascinated with historical locations as an artist and photographer, and enjoys using vertical and horizontal distance and depth to construct elements distinctive to the very location unique to each piece of art created. Her love of history is due to her father's French ancestry. Descendents of General Sam Houston, her family fought besides Major General Andrew Jackson during the final battle of the War of 1812 in New Orleans, and are listed in the San Jacinto Museum for their service in Captain Shadrack Porter's Company of Infantry, 15th Regiment, Louisiana Militia against Santa Anna.
Collectors love Lex Lumiere's original artwork because it reflects her historical roots of Texas and becomes a legacy of art history frozen in time. Every piece of photography or artwork is custom, every painting an original. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed their family’s 50 year-old photography studio, Lex relocated to New York City and later returned back to Houston to meet Hurricane Harvey, surrounding & condemning her home in 40 feet of water and electrical fires. Manhattan and the tramatic events in her home state served as a muse for many of Lex’s art pieces, including “Soul Doors,” a collection featuring the doors of 12 Historial Harlem churches, “ Overcoming ”on resilience and “Healing Our Sisters,” an arousing artistic sculptural interpretation auctioned off at United Against Human Trafficking : Unite 2018 fundraiser.
Lex’s greatest inspiration comes from charitable causes, as she is inspired by humans doing good deeds and paying it forward through community service. Lex credits her mother for teaching her about the fine art of kindness growing up, when they would volunteer at the local Red Cross together. She would also travel with her grandmother Bea to bring hot plates of food to a local homeless man which Lex credits to her spending two years as a volunteer therapeutic arts teacher for children with PTSD in Houston’s homeless shelters. Lex lives by the philosophy she was raised by, “ When you are blessed, be grateful for the abundance that comes into your life in many forms; spiritually, physically, financially, and share your gifts with both people and non-profits.”
Beyond the Art Gallery walls, Lex Lumiere is commissioned to create custom original artwork and photography that helps benefit charities. She is well known as the founder of Charity Network News, established in 2014 to perfect cross marketing and promotions of art events, commercial businesses and charitable campaigns. With a degree in Business Management and over ten years experience in luxury apparel, Lex has commercially photographed the catwalk during Mercedes Benz NY Fashion week, specializing in luxury fashion editorials, creative concepts and exhibitions for clients like; Moroccan Oil, Joico, AIG, Nascar’s FW1, MINI Cooper, Neiman Marcus and non-profits like HRC, Artists for Charity helping AIDS orphans, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Pencils Of Promise, The Rose, Russell Simmons, Art for Life, Houston Ballet, and the Children’s Assessment Center. Her work is also in the private collections of famous art patrons such as Lester Marks, Dr. Mark Henry, MD and Paris Hilton. Lex continues to carry the light of a creative family legacy into the future, as her goal is to become the 1st female artist to break the $33 million dollar art auction record currently only held by men in order to build a Creative Wellness Center to help people and kids heal from post traumatic stress disorder. Her current focus is on ensuring that she and her Grandparents 200 years of combined artistic legacy endures in Museums, Gallery and Private collections for years to come.
Stonewall National Museum : The Orlando 49
Imago: Donum Gratia
2016 Houston Art Fair : Art4Charity Cultural Partner & Godoy Studio hosted ' Intuition ' preview exhibit and silent auction benefiting St. Jude Hospital.
Imago : Art Inspired By The Names Of Christ
Laurie Gallery, Los Angeles: Benefiting the Foundation for Women’s Cancer: Once Upon A Time : Night Owl, wood sculpture piece created for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Camille Grammer for a silent auction to support cancer prevention of the yearly 30,000 mothers, sisters, friends will die from a GYN cancer.
AIG : Latino Heritage Exhibit
2015 Houston Fine Art Fair Exhibit (HFAF) : Solo art exhibit of " Breaking Borders. " Lex is one of 4 living artists at the fair sharing the same roof as Chagall, Klimt and Picasso. Autographed HFAF books and provided educational tours of her artwork and her grandparents legacy as award winning artists.
Louvre Museum, Paris : July 2015 Showcased " Breaking Borders " a tribute to Ai WeiWei as part of The Exposure Award exhibit.
See Me, NY : July 2014 BMW, MINI Cooper Race Car Driver Campaign Launch on the American Eagle Outfitters 25,000 Sq. Ft. Billboards in Times Square. Images of paraplegic race car driver Michelle Colvard and her husband. Benefiting www.1heartmission.org, a charity that feeds Orphans in Haiti
Trump, NY : Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Art Premier, " Haunted Hollywood," Digital Textile Design solo exhibition benefiting Curves for Change 5k Run, the Komera Project, One Sandwich at a Time and Somaly Mam
Chelsea Hotel, NY : The Art of Fashion benefiting the Japan Society, Tsunami Relief Fund
Pivot Studios, FL : ‘Artist’s Against the War,' A Peace Event
Projekt 30, NY : " Sexuality and Selling Products " multimedia exhibition
Sikkema Jenkins and Co, NY : 9th Annual 'Postcards from the Edge’
Meteor, TX : Solo multimedia exhibition
Neiman Marcus, TX : Solo exhibition for a children’s AIDS charity
The Grand Kempinski, TX : Solo exhibition
Hermes, TX : Collaborative photography exhibition with Parisian Photographer Daniel Aron
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, TX : Rodeo Photo
Children’s Museum of Houston, TX : Buffalo Bayou Photography Show
Public Library Downtown, TX : Buffalo Bayou Photography Show
2017 HRC NYC & Austin Galas : Louvre Images
GLAAD Gala San Francisco : Wooden sculpture piece auctioned off titled, Once Upon A Time : Heart Chakra
2015 HRC National Dinner : Vice President Joe Biden Auctioned off 3 wooden sculpture pieces titled, Once Upon A Time : Authentic Self Love, one of the seven wooden sculptures created for charity auctions, ” Peace Is Freedom “ a photograph exhibited in the Breaking Borders showcase at the Louvre in July of 2015 as part of The Exposure Award, along with her grandmother Bea’s, ” Cup Of Tea “ oil painting. It is the first time both award winning artists from the same family will be auctioned off in an art show together.
Images from Lex's showcase at the Louvre Museum in Paris are published in the book, The Exposure Award benefiting Pencils Of Promise , a non-profit building schools in the developing world. Each book sold contributes enough to send 1 child to school for 1 year.
Giveback Homes : The Agency, Charitybuzz art auction | Breaking Borders : Choice is Freedom
Artists for Charity : Auctioned off 3 wooden sculpture pieces titled, Dream, Faith and Hope for children living with HIV.
HRC : National Dinner, Washington D.C., art auctioned off by former President Bill Clinton. Sold 2 custom oil paintings titled Roots i & 11, and 2 wooden art shadow boxes.
Russell Simmons : Art for Life, auctioned ‘Oracle of Enlightenment’ painting for the Rush Philanthropic fundraising auction
Habitat for Humanity : Brush With Kindness Projects ( Children's Murals) DeHostos Community Center
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ‘Project Equality’ : Donated artwork for their fundraising auction
NY Cares Day : Painted children’s murals for P.S. 329 Surfside School in Brooklyn, NY
Sylvia’s Place : Volunteer for Homeless Youth Shelter in NYC.
Torino, Italy Olympic Auction : Liason for the ‘Care’ committee and UNICEF fundraiser for Hilton Hotel Corporation, Concord Industries and the Chrysallis Foundation.
The Butterfly Project : Art exhibition honoring the children of the Holocaust in 270 cities.
Binky the Butterfly : Commissioned to create a symbol for pediatric AIDS.
Pediatric AIDS Radio Interview 104KRBE : Spoke to 3.5 million listeners regarding the AIDS epidemic affecting children worldwide.
Teaching Kids to Care Program : Liason for KIPP Academy, Hilton Hotels and the National Arbor Day Foundation project in planting 30,000 trees with school children.
Aeros Hockey Celebrity Auction : Donated artwork to benefit children with Autism.
Earth Day : Created MP3 ads for Hilton radio promotions for an environmental concert.
Micah Mills Art Auction : Art Director for a fundraiser for an injured teenage athlete who broke his neck during a high school football practice.
Editor’s Choice Award : The International Library of Photography (International)
Second Place : Portrait/People Black and White: East Texas State University Photographic Society (National)
Second Place : Portrait/People Color: East Texas State University Photographic Society (National)
Second Place : People: Black and White: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Local)
Honorable Mention : Commercial/Still Life/Architecture: Black and White: East Texas State University Photographic Society (National)
National Association of Professional Women
New York Foundation for the Arts