CANY and El Museo del Barrio invite you to:
A Book Presentation
Maria Brito by Juan A. Martinez
El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
Thursday February 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Maria Brito is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist who is best known for intricate mixed-media constructions that embody narratives of displacement and loss. A member of the Miami Generation, a group of Cuban-born Americans artists who emerged in the late 1970s, Brito employs a personal iconography inspired by her identity as a woman, a mother, a Cuban exile, a naturalized American, and a Catholic. Her works include large complex installations, self-portraits dense with symbolism, and clay sculptures that combine allegory and caricature in a wry critique of art, politics, and everyday life. Each is an autobiographical statement situated within the artist’s profound fluency in the history of Western art. Juan A. Martínez, who focuses on Brito’s unique interplay of the personal and the universal, highlights her as an artist who challenges cultural, social, and artistic barriers.