These works exploring feminine individuality are premised on the assumption that prior to the realization of woman in physical effect, there exists a willful construction of womanhood in thought. Utilizing the connection between woman, pure nature, and the feral - as a metaphorical template, these large scale Nepalese paper drawings parallel Self abstractions conceived by woman through her journey. Superimpositions of charcoal and gold leaf represent the dual essence of the natural and transcendental, respectively.These works serve to depict trademark feminine distillations of sensitivity, creation, and change . Gathering new definitions of self from the universal , and the immediately physical surrounding her, woman redefines her journey to become aware, where before she was absent.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1982, Maria Berrio has been residing in New York City since 2000.
She currently works and lives in Brooklyn since obtaining her BFA at Parsons School of Design in 2004, and MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2007.
Berrio’s work has been showcased in numerous New York City galleries including Praxis International, Chelsea Museum, and the Art Directors Club.
Nationally, she has presented her work in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Miami – where she exhibited in Art Basel 2009.
Berrio has also displayed her work internationally in Bogotá and will be presenting works at an upcoming exhibit in Vermont at the Green and Blue Gallery.
Berrio was recently awarded residency at Chashama in Brooklyn and is currently commissioned with CityArts to create a mural in Harlem.