Maria Nepomuceno
B. 1976

Brazilian sculptor and installation artist Maria Nepomuceno began studying fine art and art theory at the age of 14 at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro. She continued her studies in industrial design and scenography at the UNIRio Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Using traditional methods of rope weaving and straw braiding as well as techniques of her own design, Nepomuceno has, since the early 2000s, developed a process of sewing coils of colored rope in spirals. She explores the potentially endless permutations of this adaptable form in sculptures and installations that incorporate beads, playful ceramic forms and found objects of varying sizes. Often realized in carnival-bright colors, these works are chromatically, culturally and metaphorically rich, suggesting animals, plants, the human body and landscape ranging from the microscopic to the macrocosmic.