Join us for a virtual presentation with María Berrío about her art and practice, in conversation with Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary art, National Gallery of Art.
About María Berrío
Brooklyn-based artist María Berrío was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and spent much of her childhood living on her family’s mountainside farm where she developed a lasting connection to nature. At age 18, Berrío relocated to New York, earning her BFA at Parsons School of Design in 2004 and MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2007.
Her large-scale works, crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect cross-cultural connections, personal history, and contemporary political realities. Populated predominantly by women, Berrío’s art often appears to propose spaces of refuge or safety, kaleidoscopic utopias which in the past have been inspired in part by South American folklore, where humans and nature coexist in harmony.
Berrío’s work is represented in the National Gallery’s collection by A Sunburst Restrained (2019).