Maria Berrio: The Celebration (2012)

MARÍA BERRÍO (B. 1982), The Celebration, signed and dated ‘The Celebration” Maria Berrio 2012 (on the reverse of the lower center canvas), watercolor, gold leaf, graphite, and Japanese rice paper collage on canvas, in six parts, overall: 72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm.), Executed in 2011, Image Source: Christie’s

The Celebration lives up to its name with its kaleidoscopic array of colors and movements, which are meticulously created with handmade Japanese paper that Berrío sources from a trusted fabricator in Japan…Her work is thus an instance of care for materials, people, and cultures alike, which we can see in the optimism of The Celebration. A group of women, garbed in rainbow textiles reminiscent of Gustav Klimt or the life-size dance scenes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dance together without a care in the world as the moonlit dusk gathers around them…Reds and blues lead the orchestra and score the fabulous late summer colors that swirl about in a wind of joyful hues. The folds and creases of the rice paper are reminiscent of skin, which recalls all it has touched and loved. The women of The Celebration invite us to join them in their revelry as they too forget the madness of the real world. Each of Berrío’s collages seek to empower the viewer and build communities, “I try to portray the idea that my characters are part of a full world, who can’t exist without others…When you look at the painting I want you to feel some kind of hope” (M. Berrío, quoted in H. Black, “María Berrío: ‘My Characters Are Part of a Full World Who Can’t Exist Without Others,’” Elephant Magazine, April 13, 2021)…While her work offers an escape, it is not escapist. Instead, it shows us the world as it could be. Using her beloved scraps of paper as precious as paint, marble, or photographic emulsion, she envisions a world of gentleness and responsibility to each other.”


Hat Tip

Many thanks to Deborah J. Brasket for introducing me to this artist in the post Maria Berrio and the Art of Myth-Making

Read More

“María Berrío”. The Georgia Review.

Maria Berrio at wikiwand

Marie Berrio, The collage artist creating women she wants to see in the world

At The Guardian: ‘Like magical realism’: María Berrío on her surreal collages

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Maria Berrio Portfolio – free pdf

Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro

Maria Berrio at Kohn Gallery

Maria Berrio at Christie’s

Maria Berrio at Sotheby’s

Thanks for Visiting 😎


13 Comments Add yours

  1. So pretty! It is indeed a celebration!

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  2. gabychops says:

    Thank you for the introduction to someone new in art.


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    1. My pleasure always, Joanna. I appreciate your visit. 🙂


  3. gabychops says:

    You are welcome.


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  4. Where is the joy in their facial expressions?

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    1. Isn’t that an interesting paradox? I have ten more of her paintings scheduled to post, and all the women have a sober and intense expression. In this painting that expression seems so contradictory….perhaps she alludes to the masks we often wear while continuing to ‘dance’ to the expectations of society. (?). Yes, i am projecting here…lol Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene.

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      1. You may be right 🙂

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    Thank you for the beauty and vibrancy you’ve added to my afternoon!

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    1. Aww….your kind comment makes me happy. Thank you, Michele. 🙂❤️

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are welcome. Gorgeous painting!

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  6. Dee says:

    I agree with an earlier poster’s comment about the serious faces. Perhaps the intent was to intentionally juxtapose those serious faces amidst the flowing skirts. Only the artist knows!

    I liked this portion of the accompanying description of that work:
    “The folds and creases of the rice paper are reminiscent of skin, which recalls all it has touched and loved. “

    Once again, thank you for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, always! Thanks for adding to the conversation, Dee. 🙂


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