מריה לאורה ברטוז

instagram
facebook

 
"For me, Naif painting it’s been always a synonym of joy. I like telling small stories about simple characters, in a composition that reflects the everyday bliss of life. I mostly find inspiration in the memoirs of my infancy, the presence of my grandparents and conventional day-to-day jobs and professions. Humour is essential in my artwork and it’s what defines every single of the situations revealed in the painting. My best resources are cute animals and pets, which are the ones who make all the playfulness in the scene. All the characters and situations I create are immerse in a detailed scenario where miniature figures are performing small acts, and all together compose a magic design that attracts the observer and invites to stay watching and  discovering".
 

1958 Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Studied Architecture
1992 Began her artistic career
1993 Moved to Porta Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina
1999 Moved to Puerto Madryn, Cubut, Argentina
Self-taught artist


Solo Exhibitions
1998 Eduardo Minicelli Art Museum, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz
1999 Book Fair, Gaiman Chubut, Buenos Aires
1999 Eduardo Minicelli Art Museum, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz
1999 Municipal Art Museum, Puero Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
1999 FUNDACRUZ Cultural Center, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2000 Oceanographic Museum, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2001 Argentine Consulates Itinerant Show, Salto, Uruguay
2001 ECOCENTRO, Purto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2001 Eduardo Minicelli Art Museum, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz
2002 Italian Society Auditorium, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2002 Government House, Rawson, Chubut, Argentina
2003 Municipal Art Museum, Puero Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2003 FUNDACRUZ Cultural Center, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2003 Condor Estancia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2004 FUNDACRUZ Cultural Center, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2004 Condor Estancia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2005 Condor Estancia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2006 Condor Estancia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2006 Fundacruz, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2006 EcoCentro, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2006 Estancia Condor, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz
2007 Condor Estancia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2007 Museum of Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina


Group Exhibitions
1997 House of Chubut Province, Buenos Aires
1997 Cultural Centerm Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
1998 National Senate Hall, Buenos Aires
1998 Metropolitan Museum, Buenos Aires
1999 Maritime Law International Congress, Puero Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
2000 SAAP, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2003 Patagonia Austral San Juan Bosco University Library, Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2003 Artists Cultural Center, La Boca, Buenos Aires
2004 Expotrastienda 2004, Buenos Aires
2004 1st International Salon of Piccolo Formato, Castelvedro, Modena, Italy
2004 “The Biblical World”, GINA Gallery of International Naןve Art, Tel Aviv
2006 “Tango Tales, Gaucho Trails: The Naives of Argentina”, GINA Gallery of International Naןve Art, Tel Aviv
2006 1st International Biennial of Naןve Art Castelvetro, Modena Italy
2007 Ruka Art, Lapland, Finland
2007 Galeria Eboli, Madrid
2007 "Simple Pleasures, Bygone Days: The Naives of Brazil and Argentina", GINA Gallery of International Naןve Art, Tel Aviv
2009 "Colorful Women", Israel Opera House, Tel Aviv

Prizes
1992 Selected Artist, San Martin Cultural Center, Buenos Aires
1993 Selected Artist, Galeria Dimension Arte, Buenos Aires
1993 Selected Artist, Cultura Patagonico, Pto San Julian, Santa Cruz, Argentina
1994 Mention of Honor, Salon de Teatro Comandante Luis Piedrabuena, Santa Cruz
1994 Selected Artist, Salon Municipal de Pintura de Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
1994 Selected Artist, 3rd Salon Galeria de arte Tokio, Buenos Aires
1995 Jury’s Mention, 4th Rio Gallegos Painting Municipal Hall, Santa Cruz, Argentina
1995 Jury’s Mention, 5th Naןve Art Annual Hall, Buenos Aires
1995 Special Jury’s Mention, 10th Annual Salon of Naןve Art, Buenos Aires
1996 Selected Artist, 1st Naןve Biennial, The Museum of the Romulo Raggio Foundation, Buenos Aires
1996 Selected Artist, Metropolitan Museum, Buenos Aires
1996 Special Mention of the Jury, National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
1997 3rd Prize, 3rd Painting Gathering in Patagonia, Coyhaique, Chile
1997 1st Prize, 1st Hall of Modern and Primitive Naןve Art, Roca Museum, Buenos Aires
1997 1st Prize, National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
1998 1st Prize, National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
1999 2nd Prize, 6th National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
1999 Selected Artist, 8th Rio Gallegos Municipal Hall, Santa Cruz, Argentina
2000 1st Prize, National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
2000 3rd Mention, 8th National Hall of Plastic Arts, Buenos Aires
2001 1st Mention, 8th National Hall of Naןve Art, Henri Rousseau Great Prize, Buenos Aires
2002 Prize, Patronato de la Infancia, Buenos Aires
2002 1st Prize, EISTEDDFOD, Telew, Chubut, Argentina
2003 3rd Prize, Municipal Painting Hall, Chubut, Argentina
2003 Jury’s Mention, Naןve Art and the Old Testament Contest, Hoy en el Arte Gallery, Buenos Aires
2003 Selected Artist, National Painting Hall, Banco Nacion Foundation, Buenos Aires
2003 Selected Artist, Provincial Hall of Painting, Chubut, Argentina
2004 Selected Artist, River Plate’s Prize of Visual Arts, OSDE Foundation, Santa Fe, Argentina
2004 Selected Artist, CEPTUR, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
2004 Mention of Honor, 14th Municipal Hall of Plastic Arts, Chubut, Argentina
2005 Selected Artist, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires
2005 2nd Prize, 8th Salon of Plastic Arts of Esquel, Chubut, Argentina
2005 Selected Artist, Rioplatense de Artes Visuales, OSDE Fundacion, Argentina
2006 1st Prize, Eisteddfod del Chubut, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
2006 National Selection, 3rd National Banco Nacion Foundation, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires
2007 Selected Artist, XV Salon Provincial de Artes Plasticas, Chubut.

Bibliography
“Argentina and its Naןve Art”, Arte al Dia Editions, 1998, Buenos Aires
“Naif Art 2000”, N. Marruco Editions, 2000, Buenos Aires

 

Dan Chill, GINA – Gallery of International Naïve Art
© all rights reserved