Cover Image - Maria Berrio

Maria Berrio is an artist who wants to push collage to its limits. She grew up in Colombia but now lives in Brooklyn, and her large scale works of carefully crafted and layered Japanese paper are reflections of her own experience of global migration and cultural connections. Her images are usually populated by women and set in utopian or dream-like scenes full of dense and intricate detail. In an interview with WePresent, she spoke about how she tries to build entire worlds through her collages; worlds in which humans live in perfect harmony with nature or, more worryingly, ones in which our society has crumbled. Maria completed her MFA at the New York School of Visual Arts, and her work is in permanent collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai.