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María Berrio

Colombia Collage Painting

Characterized by her use of bold colors and flat figuration, Maria Berrio’s works merge the realistic and the fantastic, constructing fanciful new worlds. In her Dreams series, richly textured, sculptural surfaces are swathed in color, making use of Japanese papers to create mixed-media works. Her attenuated figures often reflect an ethereal air, merging with otherworldly settings. Berrio has exhibited her works at a number of institutions, including the Parsons School of Design and the Chelsea Art Museum.

Using torn bits of ornately patterned Japanese paper, paint, sequins, and other materials, Maria Berrio makes intricate collages that evoke dreams, myths, and fairy tales. Often populated with female figures, her compositions also feature animals, flowers, and mythical beings set within heavily patterned surroundings. Though her scenes appear otherworldly, Berrio draws from her own thoughts and experiences as she crafts each piece. “A lot of my work is autobiographical…it could be about me, or my time in the world and how I am feeling or what I am imagining,” she says. “Of course, it also relates to other people and other things too, to imaginary beings, to ecology, to magical realism, to surrealism too, but at the same time [it] is always me.”

Bogota (Colombia). Lives and works in New York.