Maria Riviere is a Latin Canadian artist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the wake of political upheaval, she relocated to Spain and eventually Canada where she pursued a career in computer programming. In retirement, she reconnected with her interest in visual art through expressions in experimental form. Since 2018 she has been a BFA Art Studio student at The University of Lethbridge. She works across media, fluidly engaging sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Roloff Beny Photographic Award in Fine Arts, most recently for her project examining the history of coal mining in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. A recent exhibition at Casa Gallery in Lethbridge featured her work The Dancers I and II, explorations in three-dimensions.
My art is a reflection about life; it encompasses concepts and processes providing a connection between the visible and invisible. I try to integrate a visual narrative, political and social issues, women’s vulnerability, confusion, contradictions, and a personal experience of nomadic life that can resonate with millions of people. I work with fluidity letting my mind work with passion together with my whole-body exploring materials and processes, incorporating life experience and acquired knowledge. While experimenting, I feel free to connect the spiritual and physical, to past and present, fears and love allowing the mystery of life to reveal itself.
Student Award Recipient 2022