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Maximo Laura is a 5th generation Peruvian tapestry weaver born in Ayacucho, Peru, following the Wari textile tradition. Laura's tapestries are known for their symbiosis of Peruvian tradition with contemporary aesthetics. Because of his contribution to Peru's artistic history and identity, in 2011 he was recognized as a 'Living Human Treasure' of his homeland. All tapestries by Laura are hand woven with Peruvian alpaca and a selection of them are available for sale through his website. Currently, Laura works in his Studio in Lima and has recently opened a Museum with his Private Tapestry Collection in Cusco, Peru.
My work is the development of a rich, fascinating and ancient historical Andean textile foundation in symbiosis with innovations in tapestry around the world, defining its own space in art. From this collision between the traditional and contemporary, the study of tools, the application of and innovation in textile techniques, I try to multiply the resources of chromatic expression, maintaining the authentically Peruvian iconographic language.
My artwork contains completely defined forms, whose personalities, iconographies and symbols take shape from magical realism. My favorite themes are drawn from Andean Iconography, but elements of pre-Columbian culture from across the Americas abound. Jaguars, spirals, circles, square crosses, jungles, mountains, sacred offerings and dream visions are some examples. These forms are each coloured with a symbolic evaluation which when encountered with light and shadow can build intensity, drama and spirituality.
From the 1980s to the present, I have dedicated myself completely to weaving, principally in tapestry form. In that time, I have experimented with colour, techniques and design, teaching and promoting my country and textiles to the world.
For more information about my work, please visit: maximolauratapestries.com