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Maximo Laura speaks at the Smithsonian

Posted July 7, 2010 @ 11:03am | by Melanie

As the founder of ArtAndes and a lifelong student of Peruvian textiles, I am honored to be working with Maximo Laura. Maximo continues to attract international attention to the advanced skill of the tapestry weave. His combined skill of weaving and design has brought him international acclaim. Throughout the years of working together, I am impressed how he continues to be a mentor to many other Peruvian weavers, and encourages their success. I have learned from Maximo as well and I am very excited to have him visit again in November. I am busy planning for his time here for ArtAttack, first week in November. He will also be giving a talk at the Textile Center in Mpls and Alesci Gallery downtown Stillwater.

The following is the write up by the Smithsonian Native American Museum about Maximo's lecture in Washington on July 17th.

Grand Master and AMAUTA of Peruvian Handcraft, is an internationally acclaimed tapestry weaver. He is recognized as one of South America's pre-eminent textile artists and is considered the pride of Peru, his country of birth. He works as a consultant, designer and lecturer in Art and Contemporary Andean textile design. His work can be found in collections worldwide and has been exhibited in 72 solo shows, and in numerous group shows. He has won awards in both national and international competitions, including a UNESCO Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, “From Lausanne to Beijing” International Fibre art Biennale (CHINA), Handweavers Guild of America - HGA Award for excellence (USA), International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz (POLAND), among others. He is the co-founder of the Iberoamerican Textile Network (REDTEXTILIA). He is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) and the European Textile Network (ETN). Laura has a studio in Lima (Peru).

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