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María Brito

2010
Author:

Juan A. Martinez

María Brito

Exploring the art and personal iconography of the prominent Cuban-born American sculptor and installation artist

One of the most revered members of ‘the Miami Generation,’ María Brito is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist best known for her elaborately constructed room-like works that embody narratives of loss and displacement.

In the first major book on Brito’s career, Juan A. Martinez examines the interplay of the personal and the universal in this artist’s works.

The book does a fantastic job of examining Maria’s life, career, influences, and art by including many photographs of her art, an exhibition history, and a bibliography. This wonderful book on a remarkable artist is highly recommended for colleges and universities.

Multicultural Review

One of the most revered members of ‘the Miami Generation,’ a group of Cuban-born artists who emigrated to the United States, María Brito is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist best known for her elaborately constructed room-like works that embody narratives of loss and displacement. Brito also draws on personal iconography to create challenging works that are at once deeply autobiographical and reflect a profound fluency with the history of Western art.

In this new volume in the landmark A Ver series and the first major book on Brito’s career, Juan A. Martinez examines the unique interplay of the personal and the universal in this Miami-based artist’s diverse mixed-media works.

Juan A. Martinez is professor and chair of art and art history at Florida International University in Miami.

Awards

Las Comadres International Latino Book Awards – 2010 Triple Crown Award Winner Best Art Book, English

María Brito

Juan A. Martinez is professor and chair of art and art history at Florida International University in Miami.

María Brito

The book does a fantastic job of examining Maria’s life, career, influences, and art by including many photographs of her art, an exhibition history, and a bibliography. This wonderful book on a remarkable artist is highly recommended for colleges and universities.

Multicultural Review

Through his careful assessment of Brito’s oeuvre, Martinez weaves a compelling narrative whose relevance extends beyond her particular work. He convincingly argues for Brito’s recognition as an American artist, and in so doing advocates for a more plural understandin of ‘American’ art.

Woman’s Art Journal