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Eugenia Laprida was born in Argentina 1984 to a family of strong polo roots. This allowed her to acquire a wide knowledge of the sport she portraits in her work, thanks to her natural artistic talent and her solid academic training in visual arts ( Polo International Magazine, 2011).

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Eugenia Laprida was born in Argentina 1984 to a family of strong polo roots. This allowed her to acquire a wide knowledge of the sport she portraits in her work, thanks to her natural artistic talent and her solid academic training in visual arts ( Polo International Magazine, 2011).

“Eugenia combines special features that give her the authority, critic eye and modernity hardly seen among other artists”

( Ignacio Gomez, Curator)

I’ve been in contact with horses since I was little; I grew up in a family of polo players. Stables, polo matches and traveling around the world skipping classes were common aspects of my childhood. I have been painting and drawing ever since I can remember. I was trying to express myself, it was and still is a necessity for me, a physical and mental need. I have an Associate of Arts Degree, and afterwards studied Visual Arts for four years at UMSA University in Argentina.

Playing polo always seemed too hard for me; in my case, I preferred to be a spectator with inside information and a pencil in hand. In my family only boys played. It is very important that women have their own space in this sport because I am sure it is an amazing feeling, thrill and passion that should be shared by everyone. I look forward to this magazine to transmit all the wonderful things polo has to offer and invite women to get involved not only as players, but also as spectators, designers, sponsors, chefs, artists, artisans, vets, grooms etc.

My goal as an artist is to take polo paintings to another step, make them interesting among non polo players as well. I am dedicating all my art knowledge and studies to creating polo pieces that can be appreciated by people who are interested in polo and horses, and also for those who understand and enjoy art, inviting a wider audience to be part of its lifestyle.

In my work, you can find variation of styles, from stencil and pop art to academic oil painting. I like to take risks and explore as many techniques, formats and concepts as possible. I think there is a lot more to polo than what you can see in a match, I want to go beyond pure representation, create artwork that can transmit the effort, passion and dedication of hundreds that make the polo match possible, and relate them with the contemporary art scene.

Each year I work on a new series of artwork; all of them require a long investigation process where I search for the right technique, right size and all the information I need  to transmit the idea and to make my statement.

Many artists from different periods of time inspire each series, classic, romantic, pop, expressionism, abstract, street art and so on.

I am actually working on a series that is called ‘Back to basics’, where I portray contemporary award winning polo horses in a classical and academic way, oil painting on canvas and landscapes from other times, times when horses first started to be portrayed and went from being part of a composition to becoming the main protagonist.

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She exhibited her work in prestigious events such as Abierto Argentino de Polo, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2002 till 2006; La Varzea Polo Club, Lisboa, Portugal 2006; Nation’s Cup, Desert Palm , Dubai, UAE 2010 and 2011; The Threadneedle Gold Cup, Arabian Ranches Polo and Equestrian Club, Dubai, UAE 2010; UAE Presidents Cup, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, Abu Dhabi 2011. She presented her series ‘Into The Gold’ with ‘La Martina’ at their store located in ‘Emirates mall’, Dubai 2011; Opening Cocktail for the NBD Polo Cup organized by Lawyers Polo Association at the ‘One & Only’ Royal Mirage Hotel, 2011. Back in Argentina in 2012, she collaborated with the prestigious Argentinian leather brand ‘Rossi& Caruso’; together they created two limited editions of polo bags: Rossi & Caruso by Eugenia Laprida, paired with artwork exhibition at their store in Buenos Aires. They have been working together ever since. Currently she is also exhibiting in Tackroom, General Rodriguez, Buenos Aires Argentina.

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