Collage

Who Needs to Paint When You’ve Got Beautiful Pieces of Paper?

Maria Berrio collage

While perus­ing Design*Sponge the oth­er day, I was intro­duced to the work of Maria Berrio. Imme­di­ate­ly, I was struck by her col­lage style—the intox­i­cat­ing col­li­sion of col­or and tex­ture paired with allur­ing fig­ures in curi­ous envi­ron­ments.

Dri­ven by her “native South Amer­i­can influ­ences” as well as liv­ing in Brook­lyn, New York, she cuts and shreds paper into the large-scale por­traits. “I usu­al­ly find inspi­ra­tion by going for a real­ly long walk through New York City,” Maria told Annie Werbler on Design*Sponge. “The elec­tric­i­ty of this city, the mish­mash of cul­tures and class­es, the hoards of inter­est­ing peo­ple doing inter­est­ing things in a dynam­ic city of filth and shim­mer­ing beau­ty — that is what inspires me.”

Maria also shares an inter­est­ing logis­ti­cal tid­bit (if you work in col­lage):

I try to have a sep­a­rate con­tain­er for each paint­ing I do where I put all the cut-outs and papers used for that piece. I’ve learned the hard way that with­out some orga­ni­za­tion, one can lose hours just try­ing to find that one paper I knew I had put around there some­where.

I’m try­ing that one next time.

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage

Maria Berrio collage