September 3 – November 6, 2005
Maria Brito is a Cuban-American artist who lives in Miami and creates vivid, realist paintings on shaped pieces of wood. Her work recalls her childhood in Cuba yet is full of warmth and hope. She says of her work, “My work deals with essential and universal existence as defined by emotions, sensations, knowledge, and perception. The imagery that I use is symbolic of a process of self-discovery, and it is a personal iconographic system developed from my identity as a woman, a mother, an exiled Cuban, a naturalized American, and a Catholic.”
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Brito has received three Individual Artist Fellowship Awards from the State of Florida, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.