Maximo Laura is a Peruvian weaver whose work is timeless. He uses modern weaving techniques to recall the Andean rituals that were expressed by his Pre-Columbian ancestors hundreds of years ago.
Each time I experience his work, the images and compelling colors stayed with me, and I use his work as inspiration for my own. You can never quite tell where one picture, scene, character or subject begins and another finishes; there are overlaps and conversations amongst all of the images in his tapestries.
As you can see for yourself, he combines geometric shapes with animals, people, musical instruments, and many other themes. You can stand in front of his work and get lost in the layers. Each piece seems to be a narrative of an ancient story; a landscape of imagery and dreams.
Maximo Laura is the pre-eminent weaver in Peru, winner of many national and international competitions. In fact, in the national museum, there is a whole room devoted to his work. Maximo combines aubusson, kilim, soumak, and anillado techniques; his thread is from Andean alpaca.
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