Maria Lago is an accomplished artist whose work has featured prominently in private collections, museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. A long-time New York resident, Maria Lago is originally from Asturias, in Northern Spain.
She studied Fine Art at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain and was a member at The Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, in New York she studied at Parsons School of Arts. A member of National Association of Women Artists, she exhibited her work at The Heckscher Museum, Greenwich Arts Center, The Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch Hispanic Heritage at the World Financial Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Westchester Biennial, The College of New Rochelle, The Centro Español Manhattan, The New York National Association of Women Artists, The Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum ,The Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, Oviedo, Spain , The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Langreo ,Spain And she have exhibited in Public Libraries ,Art Galleries, Community Arts Councils, University and educational facilities.. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Langreo, Spain ,the Centro Español de Manhattan, NY and numerous private collections.
The work has also been reviewed on many occasions, most notably, The Kosmos Journal, Co-Creating the New Civilization, Lago and The Exodus Paintings by Nancy Roof, NY ,the Fine Art America “Etchings and Solar Plates Today”, the ART-TALK Magazine “The Exodus Paintings” , the New York Catalogue review by W. Zimmer, contributing critic for The New York Times, The Rivertowns Enterprise by Judith Doolin Spikes ,the New York “Newsday” from Jonathan Fine, the “Art Speak” by Claude Le Sue ,the “Manhattan Arts” Artists in the 90”s by Marylyn Becker, The Noticias del Mundo, by David Boltano .
Each work is a thick mixture of materials such as plaster, glue, sand, shells, pebbles, and wood that she uses to cover the canvas, creating a base that resembles destroyed ruins or an eroded cave wall. She works with the thickness of the mix to simulate the beauty and textures of earth and sea. The material has become essential in her work and she is continually exploring different mediums to achieve new and different effects. The strong expressionistic works employ primitive symbols and archetypal images to explore both the universal human condition and her individual experience. The subjects of the paintings range from the artist in her studio, to landscapes to feminist visions of creation. Whether they depict a landscape, an animal, or a studio interior, the work explores man’s origins and his integration into the surrounding world.