Laura is the fifth generation of weavers that learned his craft as a child at the side of his father while growing up in Ayacucho; he learned his art by never silencing the internal self-exploration or the external exploration of the world, including a life long study of art history and literature beyond the borders of Peru.
Maximo Laura´s vision proposes the promotion of Peruvian contemporary textile art on international stage, which has been the underlying and fundamental purpose of his artistic mission for the last 30 years.
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.
Maximo Laura is co-founder of Iberoamerican Textile Network and the Peruvian Center of Textile Art. He is also member of the American Tapestry Alliance, the European Tapestry Network and the British Tapestry Group.
His work has earned many awards, including “National Living Human Treasure”of Peru, “Manos de Oro” (Golden Hands) of Peru, “National Amauta of Peruvian Craft”, “Master of Iberoamerican Craft” and the UNESCO Prize for Latin America.
Selection of Artwords in Collections
- Award for Excellence, WTA – VI International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, MEXICO
- Outstanding Award, “From Lausanne to Beijing” 6th International Fiber art Biennale, CHINA
- Special Prize, 4th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial Tradition & Innovation, LATVIA
- Honorary Mention Award, 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, POLAND
- Mention Prize, 5th International Biennial of Textile Art, ARGENTINA
- Bronze Prize, “From Lausanne to Beijing” 5th International Fiber art Biennale, CHINA
- II Award – Silver Medal, Scythia 7th International Biennial Exhibition on Textile Art, UKRAINE
- HGA Award in recognition of a outstanding work, Handweavers Guild of America, USA
- People’s Choice Award, Land: the Tapestry Foundation of Victoria Award Exhibition, AUSTRALIA
- “Best in Show” Contemporary Latin American Art 8 organized by Museum of The Americas, USA
- 1st Place Award, Small Expressions 2009, USA
- “Grand National Prize Amautas of Peruvian Handicraft”, Government of Peru, PERU
- 1st National Craft Prize “Golden Hands”, PERU
Selection of Artwords in Collections
- National Museum of Peruvian Culture, Lima, PERU
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, USA
- The World Bank, Washington DC, USA
- Headquarters of United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), Paris, FRANCE
- Iberoamerican Museum of Craft, Puerto La Cruz, VENEZUELA
- Museum of the Americas, Miami, USA
- Museum of Craft, Jyvaskyla, FINLAND
- Museum of Iberoamerican Crafts, La Orotava, Tenerife, SPAIN
- The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, LATVIA
- Torre Tagle Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Lima, PERU
- Word Textile Art Organization, Miami, USA
- Museum of Art and Popular Traditions of Riva Agüero Institute, Lima, PERU
- Andean Institute of Folk Arts Andrés Bello, Quito, ECUADOR
- Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Integration and International Trade Negotiations, Lima, PERU
- Interamerican Center of Craft and Folk Arts, Cuenca, ECUADOR
- Iberoamerican Association for the Development and Marketing Crafts, Lima, PERU
- Ricardo Palma Private University, Lima, PERU
- Embassy of Peru – Washington DC, USA
- Embassy of Peru, Quito, ECUADOR
- Embassy of Peru, Asunción, PARAGUAY
- Embassy of Peru, Helsinki, FINLAND
- Former President of Latvia Ms Vaira Vike-Freiberga, LATVIA
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Award Winning Tapestries
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