A Cloud’s Roots
Amanda Quinn Olivar: To begin with... why do you make art?
María Berrío: I make art first and foremost because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s a joy and a pleasure to create, but it’s also a compulsion; I begin to feel anxious if I’ve been away from painting for too long. If tomorrow everyone decides they are bored silly by the things I make and have moved on, I’ll still continue to make art. It is my own attempt to unveil the mysteries and beauty of our world, to explore and touch the unseen.
Kohn Gallery presents “A Cloud’s Roots,” the first exhibition in Los Angeles by New York-based artist María Berrío. Inspired by her youth in the countryside of Bogotá, Columbia, Berrío’s paintings explore the experience of immigrant identity, intercultural connectivity and the beauty that is found in the diversity of cultures and countries through her distinctive use of collaged Japanese rice paper and watercolors. This summer, Berrío also has work on view in New York in the Ford Foundation’s group exhibition “Radical Love”, and is featured in a site-specific commission on the Fort Hamilton Parkway MTA stop in Brooklyn. Her show at Kohn Gallery runs through August 24th.
Born 1982, Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in New York, NY
2007 MFA School of Visual Arts
2004 BFA Parsons School of Design
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