María Brito was born in 1968 in Caracas, Venezuela. She is an artist and a nature lover who enjoys expressing her imaginary nature. Her work was described by some of her mentors as, “a mixture of modern impressionism, fantasy and nature, the use of overlapped figures, and oneiric images.” Vibrant colors, curved shapes, and geometric and outlined figures are usually characteristics of her artwork. The modern and impressionist language stands out in her paint strokes.
She was raised in a home where gardening was of special importance, surrounded by tropical plants and fruit trees. Concern for deforestation and destruction of nature has accompanied her throughout her life. She expresses constant interest in nature and its importance to human life. Her love for nature and the essence of the planet earth is reflected in her artwork.
Her mother was a painter, while her father used to display paintings made by renowned Venezuelan artists. She enjoyed her own gallery at home full of landscapes, naturalism, some cubism, and a lot of Venezuelan impressionism.
In 1993, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the Simón Bolívar University of Venezuela. During her studies one of her focuses was in the arts. In 1995, she was certified in the Inventory of National Cultural Heritage.
Her interest in the visual arts, museum architecture, and conservation and restoration led her to continue studies in the areas of museography and conservation and restoration at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Venezuela, the National Council of Culture, the Contemporary Museum of Caracas Sofia Imber, the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas, the Ministry of Culture of Spain (provided by the Embassy), and the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation (Rio de Janeiro).
Between 1997 and 2002, she continued her education on the language of art, composition, color, elements of painting, and advanced painting at the Laura Alvim House of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Neptali Rincon School of Arts in Maracaibo, Association Stimulus of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, ProArte Foundation in Buenos Aires, and the Glassell School of Fine Arts in Houston.
While living in Venezuela, she worked as an architect, research and inventory of the Caracas Cultural Heritage, and as an artisan of Venezuelan terracotta folk art.
She left her country in 1998, and came back for a short period of time. She has lived in multiple cities in Latin America, as well as in the US, where she found the opportunity to be in contact with the arts, while participating in several exhibitions.
Maria Brito moved to the United States in 2001, where she lives in Northern Virginia. She loves hiking through the woods and capturing photographs of nature.
During the pandemic time, she has been developing collages and acrylic paintings inspired by nature and planet earth.
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MY REFLECTION ABOUT THE PANDEMIC TIME
The time of the pandemic and the time of isolation has left marks. Every human being could take them as a good thing or a bad thing, it is in the power of each one to choose.
It has been important to me that humanity has a time to think about life, the connection with the rest of the human beings, and especially with the planet earth. I hope that many will wake up and start to value the gift of creation of our mother earth, our connection with the beauty of nature, and the importance of it in our lives.
In my case, my life in art had been suspended for a few years for different causes. It got to the point that I was afraid to grab a brush again. I wanted to make art, but at the same time I didn’t dare. The pandemic gave me the time to make up my mind, and I realized that all the strength and ideas I've been accumulating for years has exploded in my new works of art. I express my deep love for nature in what I have been creating. I've been enjoying expressing myself through collage using recycled materials that could have been rubbish, and I've re-embodied myself in images through brushstrokes. Now I realize that life may seem suspended, but everything is ready for when the time comes and can be born again. The power of creation is in all of us, it is one of God's greatest gifts.