Maria Gamundi was born in 1952 in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied at Pratt Institute in New York City and at the “Scuola del Libro” in Urbino, Italy, between 1970-73.
María Gamundí is one of those rare people, an artist who uses her emotions to perceive truth, unveil it for us, and then craft that with great skill into her sculptures.
Three main roots to her work are clear. The first is European, A classicism of astonishing clarity and simplicity. This comes from the Mallorcan blood of her father. Gamundí is a name like Miró, like Dalí and Gaudí, from Cataluña.
The second is South American, and consequently Oriental, for the Indians of America trace their distant past in THE East. Maria’s mother’s family are partly native Venezuelans.
The third is the most profound of the three, a root which is universal and timeless: the female. No one of us can ever be indifferent to the human body – particularly to the female body. In using it so poignantly to search for ideal relationships, Maria touches profoundly upon our own births, and our creative energy. Her languid, fecund, maternal women appeal “to that in us which is a gift…” and speak “to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives”.
María Gamundí doesn’t feel any need to be part of a group-idea, of a movement, or of a moment. In its search for perfection, and in its calm humanity, her work springs not from other people or other work, nor even from any given moment in time. It springs from the thoughtful, caring observation and stimulus of nature….