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Artist statement

“Tapestry-making requires a progressive, slow and irreversible system of work that allows for the miniscule, patient and intimate meeting of technical and visual solutions, leading to the opening of an infinite repertoire of possibility subjected to the communicative intentionality of the work. In my case, I look for a language that emanates spirituality, aesthetic beauty and lyricism. I try to submit myself to the limitations of the materials and to the requirements of the act of creation, under the light of an obsessive taste that will, in the end, reflect a cultural and textile connotation that is typically Peruvian.

My work is the development of a rich, singular, fascinating and ancient historical Andean textile fountain in symbiosis with innovations in tapestry around the world, defining its own space in plastic arts. The historical fountains constitute inexhaustible material that needs to be assimilated; the search for a unique and current language, is the challenge to best. From this collision between the traditional and the contemporary, the study of tools, the application of and innovation in textile techniques, I try to multiply the resources of chromatic expression, maintaining the authentically Peruvian iconographic language.”

Biography
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Máximo Laura born in Ayacucho, Peru in 1959. Textile Artist of self-taught formation. He has presented 68 solo exhibitions and participated in several group in Peru and abroad since 1985. His works have been exhibited in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States, Spain, France, Finland, Latvia, Germany, China, and Japan among others. In the area of research deepened their knowledge in the Andean textile design enriching its work with this ancient technique. Within support projects, has conducted training workshops and counseling to textiles with traditional techniques.

Consultant, designer and lecturer in Art and Contemporary Andean textile design. He teaches workshops of textile art in various regions of Peru and abroad. Among their main prizes they are found: National prize “Hands of Gold”, Peru, 1991; UNESCO Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, 1992; 1ST Prize Fiber Coral Gables International Festival of Craft Arts, USA, 1993, 1994, 1996; Prize “Best in Show” Latin American Art VIII, USA, 2005; Honorable Mention in 3rd European Textile and Fiber Art Triennial “Global Intrigue”, Latvia, 2007; National Prize of Culture “Joaquin Lopez Antay”, Peru, 2008. Peoples Choice Award “Land” The Tapestry Foundation of Victoria Award Exhibition, Australia, 2008. II Award Silver Medal, Scythia 7 International Biennial Conference and Exhibition on Textile Art, Ukraine; 3er Premio de Bronce, From Lausanne to Beijing 5th International Fiber art Biennale, China, 2008; “Ambassador of Ayacuho`s Culture” por el Gobierno Regional de Ayacucho, PERU, 2008. Premio Mención, 5ta Bienal Internacional de Arte Textil, Argentina, 2009. “GRAN PREMIO NACIONAL AMAUTA DE LA ARTESANIA PERUANA”, Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, Peru, 2009.Co-founder of the Iberoamerican Textile Network: REDTEXTILIA, Costa Rica, 2006. Professional Memberships: American Tapestry Alliance: ATA, European Textile Network: ETN.

Main museums and galleries where had shown his work: National Museum of Peruvian Culture (Perú), Museum of the Americas (Puerto Rico), National Museum of the American Indian (USA), Museum of Bibracte (France); Translations Gallery (Colorado), Equator Gallery (Boston), Bleecker Street Studio & Gallery (North Caroline); Les Jardins de Magali Gallery (France), Indigo Gallery (Peru), Sophia Wanamaker Gallery (Costa Rica).