A Cloud’s Roots
Kohn Gallery presents “A Cloud’s Roots,” the first exhibition in Los Angeles by New York-based artist María Berrío. Inspired by her youth in the countryside of Bogotá, Columbia, Berrío’s paintings explore the experience of immigrant identity, intercultural connectivity and the beauty that is found in the diversity of cultures and countries through her distinctive use of collaged Japanese rice paper and watercolors. This summer, Berrío also has work on view in New York in the Ford Foundation’s group exhibition “Radical Love”, and is featured in a site-specific commission on the Fort Hamilton Parkway MTA stop in Brooklyn. Her show at Kohn Gallery runs through August 24th.
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.
Born 1982, Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in New York, NY
2007 MFA School of Visual Arts
2004 BFA Parsons School of Design
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