Berrio

María Berrío - Los Angeles Times

María Berrío - Los Angeles Times

New York artist María Berrío’s dream-like collages at Kohn Gallery are ecstatically beautiful. The eight works on view depict figures — mostly women who look vaguely mestiza — in intimate settings, either indoors or in expansive natural landscapes. Nothing much is happening, but Berrío’s intricate collage technique animates the works’ surfaces, making them crackle with energy.

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María Berrío - Town & Country

María Berrío - Town & Country


Linda Nochlin’s seminal 1971 essay, ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’, is the inspiration behind the art historian and curator Katy Hessel’s Instagram account @greatwomenartists, founded in 2015, which celebrates creative women through the ages. Now, Hessel has joined forces with Victoria Miro to launch an inspiring new exhibition featuring three female artists – María Berrío, Caroline Walker and Flora Yukhnovich – each of whom reinterprets art history through the perspective of contemporary womanhood.

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María Berrío - Interview

María Berrío - Interview

To glance at a María Berrío work is to immerse oneself in a multi-textural wonderland, a vivid colorscape where women reign eternal—with cacti around their necks, no less. Berrío’s work, which consists of dreamlike collages of Japanese paper and watercolor, retain a unique concoction of hyper-specific textures that elevate the natural world to its hallucinatory imagination.

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María Berrío - FAD

María Berrío - FAD

Based in Brooklyn, María Berrio grew up in Colombia. Her large-scale works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history.

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Maria Berrio - The Georgia Review

Maria Berrio - The Georgia Review

The creator of striking large-scale multimedia collages that “blur biographical memory with South American mythology,” María Berrio is a Colombian-born artist living and working in New York City. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design (BFA) and the School of Visual Art (MFA), Berrio has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, most recently at the Prospect 4 triennial in New Orleans. She has also created murals in Harlem and in Puebla, Mexico, and is currently working with NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to mount a public work titled There Is Magic Underneath It All. In the pieces included in this portfolio, Berrio’s fascinating heroines and delicate watercolor painting, as well as the lush colors and textures of the handmade Japanese papers she employs, contribute to her captivating twenty-first-century magical realism.

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Maria Berrio - Artnet News

Maria Berrio - Artnet News

Berrio has drawn inspiration from her childhood spent in the countryside surrounding Bogotá, Colombia, and much of her practice addresses immigrant experiences and identities. Her mixed-media artworks on canvas often incorporate multilayered Japanese rice paper. These collages frequently feature centralized female figures, which are painted in watercolor.

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