Maria Laura Ribeiro (b.1975 São Paulo - Brazil)
Maria Laura Ribeiro is a Brazilian-born mixed media artist based in south Florida.
As a daughter of an artist, she grew up with constant exposure to the creative process in her mother's studio. It was this early exposure that awakened Maria Laura to the arts and inspired her to master the techniques she now uses in her work.
Her work brings portraits of iconic figures to life through a complex process that involves a fusion of techniques such as painting, collage, crystals and gems application. She focuses her subject matter on pop culture and fashion with the intention of keeping the historical relevance of those icons. Ribeiro’s work has been exhibited at Boca Raton Museum of Art, as well as in art galleries and international Art Fairs, such as Scope Art Show, Art Palm Beach and Art Wynwood. Her works are part of private collections such as of the fashion icon Iris Apfel.
My work explores my lifelong passions, Pop Culture and fashion. Based on them I create portraits of inspiring individuals from the past and present that played important roles in this life. Artists that influenced me are Andy Warhol and Alex Katz. My process involves a different number of technics such as picture manipulation, drawing, painting, collage, gold leafing and diamond dusting. While I use a variety of materials in each project, my methodology is consistent. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next work. The time spent creating these complex pieces captivates me as each step of the process reveals a new phase of the work, making me wonder how it's going to look like after the next step until the end.