As a young man in the 1980s, Laura left his small rural town of Ayacucho and turned to weaving as a means of supporting himself and his studies. With time, he recognized that weaving was his true passion, to which he would dedicate his life. In this context, an artist launching his or herself was difficult, and Laura began his practice in a tapestry studio made of four walls without a roof.
How maximo laura is giving ancient peruvian textiles a voice of today
Intertwining Peruvian Millenary Tradition and Contemporary Aesthetic
Line by line, intricate tapestries are being created in the studio of Maximo Laura, Award Winning Artist that continues a tradition that in Peru has more than a millenia.
Born in Ayacucho in a family deeply engaged in the textile traditions of the pre-Columbian Wari Culture, Maximo Laura is a fith generation weaver that helps to keep this artistic tradition alive, transferring information from one generation to the next, thereby keeping cultural myths, symbols and stories alive.bring a piece of the andes to your home - shop here
Year after year Laura´s tapestries received recognition internationally for their originality in technique, content and quality. A major turning point was in 1992, when he was awarded a UNESCO Prize for the whole of Latin America.
As Maximo Laura started traveling abroad entering competitions and exhibiting his art, his visual and conceptual world expanded as he came into stimulating contact with his peers – other contemporary artists and art movements – vastly different and inspiring architecture and ancient art from other cultures, energized by their accomplishments which had an impact on his own.
From the time Laura was a very young man, he has always looked to preserve and elevate his culture by sharing his knowledge with children in isolated communities in the Andes, with visitors from abroad, through workshops and conferences and through many other means. And at home in Lima, Laura now has a studio and works with Master Weavers who work with him to create his works.
While he now lives and works in Lima, his work is deeply imbued with the legends and storytelling of his Peruvian heritage and with his own very compelling life experiences. Laura draws from many sources of inspiration, such as Chavin culture which is expressive and totemic; Paracas which is colorful and strong; Nazca and Huari for their geometric forms; and Chancay for its sobriety and linear spirit.
All of the tapestries by Maximo Laura are carefully hand-woven on a floor loom by a selected group of Master Weavers.
Row by row, the colors and textures emerge into images under the careful supervision of Maximo Laura. Some tapestries might take weeks to create, others might take months, but they all take the patience and attention to detail of experts to become a piece.bring a piece of the andes to your home - shop here
In 2014 Maximo Laura was included in the international exhibition Game Changers: Textile Art Masters and Innovators, which features the work of a select few artists who have continually pushed the boundaries of their medium over the course of their careers.
Owners of Laura´s work include the World Bank in Washington D.C., the UNESCO Headquaters in Paris, the Smithsonian´s National Museumof the American Indian, the Museum of Iberoamerican Craft in Spain, the Museum of the Americas in Miami, the The Latvian National Museumof Art and the National Museum of Peruvian Culture.
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