About Maria Lai's works
Maria Lai plays a pivotal role in the fields of Design, Figuration and Abstraction. Since the early twentieth century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects valued for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in correlation with the decorative-arts, but with the societal transformations of the twentieth and twentyfirst century, the term “design” expanded to a broader field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most influential design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which triumphed in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.
Some world-renowned artists acclaimed for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply designated as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the depiction of objects or figures holding a strong reference to reality. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and imaginative, encompassing a multitude of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.
Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly significant in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for an important number of branches of abstract art.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Maria Lai is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like Italy, the United States, and Germany. Some of those galleries are Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, Marianne Boesky Gallery I 507 West 24th Street in New York, and Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie in Berlin. Maria Lai most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Massimo De Carlo | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Group Exhibition . The exhibition was open from 25 April 2019 until 31 May 2019. Maria Lai's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Threading spaces (25 March 2019 - 02 May 2019) at Repetto Gallery in the United Kingdom and Dimensions of Reality: Female Minimal (22 February 2020 - 19 June 2020) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris Pantin in France. Maria Lai's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Pagine and took place at Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, Italy from the 18 January 2018 to 05 May 2018.
Maria Lai has one work available for purchase on Artland at the moment.
Maria Lai in private collections
On Artland Maria Lai's art can be found in the following collection: Collezione Tatanini which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Sarah Derat, Michele Gabriele, and Sissi Farassat.
Historical Context of Italy
Italy has been tremendously lush in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a significant influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy also embodies the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, meaning 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. During the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as a vital centre for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.