Maria Lago

category: Visual,

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Artist Statement

Maria Lago is an artist who resides in Mamaroneck,NY.  She can be contacted at 914-698-4660 or through her website  Artist statement: I usually employ primitive symbols and archetypal images in my work to deal with a variety of contemporary issues. These symbols often have a mythological relationship. The symbols allow me to explore the universal condition and interpret my personal experience within a common communal visual code. My own images emerge from this collective unconscious organically. To me painting is more a possession than a representation.   I use a variety of material, such as, cement, plaster, glues, sand, shells, string, pepples, and old discarded, pieces of wood, to make my paintings. I usually start by making a thick paste from these various materials, which I apply liberally over the working space. From there, I usually slash, scratch and forge some basic shapes and symbols. I try to go beneath the surface and let the material evolve into its own unique form. I work with the thickness of the mix to simulate the beauty and textures of earth and sea.   The material has become essential to me in my work, and I am continually exploring different mediums. I have created clay sculpture and collage and enjoy printmaking, etching, and engraving. I am constantly working to mix and match different materials to achieve new and different effects. To me, each medium is like a separate language which can be combined, and from which new languages can emerge.   Most recently I have been doing a lot of printmaking, etching, and engraving, am currently showing my work on paper in New York and Spain.

Educational Background

Maria Lago Maria Lago was born in Spain ( 1961 ) Education 1983 Universidad Complutense, Madrid , Spain 1984 Circulo de Bellas Artes , Madrid , Spain 1987 Parsons School of Fine Arts , New York , NY Publications 2009 Asturias daily News , La Nueva España , Asturias , Spain 2009 Galicia Daily News , El Progreso , Galicia , Spain 2008 The Rivertowns Enterprise by Judith Doolin Spikes , New York 2008 Asturias Daily News , La Voz de Asturias , Asturia , Spain 2008 Catalogue for "The Westchester Biennial ", New York 2008 Asturias Daily News , La Nueva España , Asturias , Spain 2008 The New York Sun Newspaper , Solo Show at the NAWA Gallery , New York 2006 Catalogue review by W. Zimmer , contributing critic for The New York Times 2005 Hispanic Heritage Month, by Beatriz de la Mora, Curator, New York 2001 Westchester County Weekly , Westchester , NY 2000 Catalogue for the international exhibition,Winter Olympic Museum, lake Placid , NY 1995 New York Newsday by Jonathan Fine , New York 1995 The Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts Calendar , Brooklyn , New York 1993 V Bienal Nacional de Pintura “La carbonera” , Asturias , Spain 1992 Mujeres Artistas del Principado de Asturias , Oviedo, Spain 1992 Women?s diverse Reflections, Women?s week ,Tallahassee , Florida 1991 Manhattan Arts, Artist in the 90”S by Marylyn Becker , New York 1991 Asturias Daily News, Hoja De Lunes , Asturias , Spain 1991 Art Business News, New York 1989 Catalogue for “Soho in deSota”, Florida 1989 Tallahassee Democrat News by Betty Rubenstein , Tallahassee , Florida 1989 Artspeak „The Power and Passion” by Claude LeSue , New York 1989 Consulado General de España, B C, New York 1988 Daily Newspaper , El Correo de Asturias,Asturias , Spain 1987 Noticias del Mundo by David Boitano , New York 1987 Catalogue for exhibition International Year of the Woman, New York Individual Exhibitions 2010 Centro Español de Nueva York, 239 14th St New York 2009 Sala de Arte Ayuntamiento de Viveiro , Galicia , Spain 2008 Martucci Gallery , Irvington , NY 2008 National Association of Women Artists , New York , NY 2008 Sala de Exposiciones BBVA , Oviedo , Spain 2008 Centro Asturiano,Oviedo , Asturias , Spain 2005 Chelsea Pier Sixty , New York, NY 2005 Public Library , Harrison, NY 2004 Sound Federal Bank , Cos Cob, CT 2003 The Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY 2003 The Greenwich Arts Center, Greenwich, CT 1997 The Chase Manhattan Bank, Brooklyn, NY 1997 The Brooklyn Arts Council , Brooklyn, NY 1991 Straus Gallery, New York, NY 1989 Ledo Gallery, New York, NY 1 Collective Exhibitions 2009 Galeria de Arte Van Dyck , Gijon , Asturias , Spain 2009 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop , New York 2008 Museo de Arte Eduardo Urculo , Langreo , Asturias , Spain 2008 The Westchester Bieni The Westchester Biennial , Castle Gallery, New Rochelle , New York 2008 Galeria de Arte Van Dyck , Gijon , Asturias , Spain 2008 Brooklyn Artist Gym , Brooklyn , NY 2007 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop , New York 2005 Merril Lynch-Hispanic Heritage, World Financial Center, NY 2005 Merrill Lynch , Princeton, NJ 2005 Chelsea Pier Sixty , New York, NY 2003 Old Greenwich annual show, Old Greenwich, CT 2001 The Westchester Arts Council , White Plains, NY 2000 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum , Lake Placid, NY 1998 CNS Gallery , Brooklyn, NY 1997 Pier Show IV, Brooklyn, NY 1997 CNS Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 1996 Pier Show III, Brooklyn, NY 1993 Art Windows Gallery, Chicago, IL 1993 V Bienal Nacional , Asturias, Spain 1993 Barbara Gibson Gallery, Nyack, NY 1992 Sala Baron II, Oviedo, Spain 1992 Tribeca Gallery, New York, NY 1992 Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas 1991 Caja de Ahorros de Asturias, La Felguera, Spain 1991 A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY 1990 The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY 1989 The Tallahassee Gallery, Tallahassee, FL 1989 Straus Gallery, New York, NY 1988 Helio Gallery, East Village, New York, NY 1988 Avanian Gallery, East Village, New York, NY 1988 Ward-Lawrence Gallery, New York, NY 1988 Caja de Ahorros de Asturias, La Felguera, Spain 1988 Irv Fischer Gallery, Detroit, MI 1987 Gallery Picasso Casa de Espana, New York, NY 2