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MARIA LAGO

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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 1013 Mixed Media On Canvas 48 © YES
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 50" X 46" © YES
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Planet- Phoebe, 2011 Mixed Media On Canvas 12" X 12" © yes
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 36" X 36" © YES
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Planet-Rhea, 2011 Mixed Media On Paper On Board 46" X 44" © yes
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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 2013 Mixed Media On Canvas 48" X 36" © y
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the sandals, 2000 Mixed Media On Canvas 54" X 54" © yes
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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 2013 Mixed Media On Canvas 36 X 36 X 2 Inches © yes
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 48" X 48' © YES
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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 2013 Mixed Media On Canvas 36" X 48" © yes
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 52' X 28" © yes
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Al otro lado de la niebla, 2008 Mixed Media 48"X36" © yes
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landscape, 2009 Mixed Media 48"X38" © yes
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landscape, 2009 Mixed Media 40"X30" © yes
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Coba, 2008 Mixed Media 48"X36"
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Zenote, 2007 Mixed Media 48"X36"
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Samankala Mixed Media On Canvas 48 © yes
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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 2013 Mixed Media On Canvas 24" X 48" © YES
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 48" X 24" © yes
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Dysnomia, 2011 Mixed Media On Paper On Board 64" X 48" © yes
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Landscape, 2009 Mixed Media 36"X36" © yes
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Pandora, 2011 Mixed Media On Paper On Board 72" X 48" © yes
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Between Birches/ Entre abedules, 2013 Mixed Media On Canvas 37 X 49 X 2 Inches
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36 X 48 X 2 Inches
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Amapolas Azules, 2010 Mixed Media On Canvas 36 X 48 X 2 Inches
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Exodus, 2012 Mixed Media On Canvas 42 X 46 X 2 Inches
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Entre Abedules/Between Birches, 2013 Mixed Media 36 X 48 X 2 Inches
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Asturias,Spain
Lives in
Beacon New York
Works in
Beacon,New York
Representing galleries
studio 502, Beacon New York, Galleria VanDyck, Asturias, Spain
Tags
woman artist mixed-media, spanish artist, artist from Spain, New York Artist, figurative, mixed-media, conceptual, landscape, modern
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 ofmaterial, such as, cement, plaster, glues, sand, shells, string, 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.

    

 

It’s a warm spring afternoon in Beacon, New York. I’m visiting studio 502, the workspace of the artist Maria Lago. It is filled with paintings –filled with music: music of the spheres, music of the living earth heaving, undulating, thrusting. Here, the detritus of our lives: our broken shoes, torn clothes, our grit and our blood are molded abstractions – landscape we enter, wary at first, eager at last, to be fed and to be nourished.

Here, she nurtures poppies, (her – “Trummerflora” Flowers that rise from rubble), plants them (possibly an enticement) at the entrance to trails, roads and paths – there are many paths – some that twist and turn, some that dart straight ahead- into the future, rutted roads to nowhere, gouged from forbidding earth, carved with tough fingers and knives from the gnarled stuff Maria has tortured from pain and glue, sand and shells, paper and rags, cement and sweat.

These are not easy paintings. Yet, the challenge she presents is not threatening. No- Enticing: Smell the dirt she’s smuggled from Mexico to mold into the paint that tell a story of the Mayan ruins and what came before, dirt too, from Asturias , her Spanish home, that underlies the texture in a painting of remembrance. Taste the pasta she’s slathered with paint and stuck to a canvas to tell us how food is an essential ingredient in her discussions of life and art.

There are no faces in Maria Lago’s paintings, spare bodies turned away , lone figures on a trek to …to a mysterious rendezvous – an incarnation or reincarnation, it is never clear, and that is how she wants it, for herself and for us, the viewers, who, no matter how blaze, cannot take our eyes away.

In studio 502 she’s recently given birth to The Planets- A solar system of luxurious landscapes: crags and canyons, shimmering meadows, and ice bound moguls. Here, light and color wrestle for dominance- a kaleidoscopic feat- and a kaleidoscopic feast.

 Her palette is constantly changing as are the extensive techniques she brings to her canvases- nothing is too precious, all is sacred, all is respected, and everything is “on the table”.

To engage a Maria Lago painting expands your awareness of the visceral world – visual pleasure at first sight – your imagination enlarged in contemplation.

     Roger Aplon

     Author-Poet                                                                                                            

                                                                                                  

 

 

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

 

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