Venezuela b. 1952
Maria Gamundi was born in 1952 in Caracas (Venezuela). She studied at the Pratt Institute of New York and the Scuola del Libro of Urbino. She lives and works in Versilia, dividing her time between Monteggiori and Pietrasanta. Since 1973 she has held important personal exhibitions in Italy, Europe, the United States and Latin America. Her female nudes exude a sculptural force exalted by her deep knowledge of the materials, as well as an instinctive joie de vivre that represents her strong Latin American roots.
Maria Gamundi's work is represented in museum collections in the United States, Italy and in her native country, Venezuela, as well as in private collections throughout Europe.
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MARIA GAMUNDI is one of those rare people, an artist who uses her emotions to perceive truth, unveil it for us, and then craft that with great skill into her sculptures. She draws inspiration from a concept, which is universal and timeless: the female. No one of us can ever be indifferent to the human body - particularly to the female body. In using it so poignantly to search for ideal relationships, Maria touches profoundly upon our own births, and our creative energy. Her languid, fecund, maternal women appeal "to that in us which is a gift..." and speak "to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives".
María Gamundí doesn't feel any need to be part of a group-idea, of a movement, or of a moment. In its search for perfection, and in its calm humanity, her work springs not from other people or other work, nor even from any given moment in time. It springs from the thoughtful, caring observation and stimulus of nature....
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