The cherubic-like forms of Mariela GARIBAY’s bronze works leave one delightfully giddy. Emblematic of her native Peru, they are earthy figures, further grounded by the choice of its material. In spirit they remain joyous, sonorous works. Her plump child-figures ooze innocence and wonder. Mariela captures their moments of discovery, curiosity and marvel. The stories that exist behind the figurative characters she creates are encapsulated in playful gestures. Highly schooled in both her homeland of Peru, in drawing and sculpture, and in Barcelona, Spain, in Urban Design, GARIBAY has enjoyed a warm reception to her life’s work. She is continually evolving and perfecting her visions in multiple mediums, with a most earnest concentration in bronze. Though time consuming, the rewards have benefited us – the viewer, and are a testament to this artist’s rigorous and determined search for honesty and integrity, as conceived in the ultimate expression of these most generous – three dimensional figures, and their heartfelt attainment.
A winner twice of the Winternitz award, in 1997 and 1999; and National Drawing award 2005, GARIBAY has exhibited her work extensively in Europe and South America. Her first solo exhibition in 2004 was a great success and catapulted her into international arena. We at the Canfin Gallery welcome GARIBAY to our international stable, and her sublime and humanistic works.