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Luna Buitrago

Maria Berrío

Maria Berrío is a Colombian contemporary visual artist currently working in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1982 and grew up in her family’s mountainside farm where she developed a special connection with nature.

Artist's background

This connection lead her to draw about Colombian and Latino American folklore characterized by representations of women staring at the viewer.

Teen Years

In her teen years she moved to the U.S and did her BFA (bachelor of fine arts) at Parsons School of Design in NY in 2004 and her MFA (master) at the School of visual arts in 2007.

Aluna (detail), 2017, 80 x 96 inches, Collection Ford Foundation.

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Berrío is known for her use of Japanese print paper, which she cuts and tears to create collages with details painted in with watercolor. In an interview she explains that she starts a new artwork by drawing in the canvas with charcoal, then she cut out pieces of Japanese paper with the x-acto, and overlay until she get the form wanted.

Artistic process

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Berrío mentions that drawing was easy for her since she was little but painting was challenging so when she discovered collages an Japanese paper she could incorporate color to her artworks, also, she usually paint faces and some parts of the body from her subjects with watercolor. She is used to work in large surfaces.

Berrío and color

Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019, 92 x 118 in.

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Berrio claims “I create fantastical worlds that explore the intermingling of people and cultures and the relationship between humans and nature. My collages depict spaces of refuge; in them, women rise to meet contemporary challenges in ancient guises, allowing new, hybrid understandings of femininity to emerge.”

Berrío thoughts

Waiting for the night to bloom, 2013, collage with Japanese papers and watercolor paint over white canvas.

María Berrío, untitled. Collage made with Japanese papers.

MARIA BERRIO, WILDFLOWERS, 2017. COLLAGE WITH JAPANESE PAPERS AND WATERCOLOR.

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I picked Maria Berrío because she is my favorite Colombian artist, she is also from the same city that I was born. Her artworks are original and unique, full of color and movement but at the same time, they can transmit calm and she embraces women empowerment.

Why did I choose her?

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