The Spike of the Crocus
Based in Brooklyn, María Berrío grew up in Colombia. Her large-scale works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history. Berrío completed her BFA at Parsons School of Design in 2004 and her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2007. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the National Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, among others. Past exhibitions include María Berrío: Esperando mientras la noche florece (Norton Museum of Art, 2021), Born In Flames ( Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2021), María Berrío: Flowered Songs and Broken Currents (Victoria Miro Gallery, London, 2020), and Prospect.4 Triennial in (New Orleans, 2017–2018).
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2021
I create fantastical worlds that explore the intermingling of people and cultures and the relationship between humans and nature. My collages depict spaces of refuge; in them, women rise to meet contemporary challenges in ancient guises, allowing new, hybrid understandings of femininity to emerge.”