Antonia Pearce meets the Chilean artist Maria Luisa Hernandez….
“Maria Luisa’s painting is, in essence, an atmospheric play of colour and light: the two anchors of her work. Her hallmark is insinuation and evocation rather than description.”
– Pedro Labowitz, Art Critic
Maria Luisa Hernandez has carved out an internationally acclaimed career spanning a variety of countries from her native Chile, to Sweden and the UK. Maria studied for her BA degree at the University of Chile. Soon after, she won a scholarship to exhibit in Stockholm (the European Capital of Culture at the time) with a collection of paintings entitled ‘‘Living in the Light.’’
Maria was initially inspired by her father’s passion for painting the Chilean coastline. Soon, she too developed an extraordinary eye to paint and connect with the natural beauty that surrounded her.
Maria’s current instinctive approach is like that of a latter day Renaissance master, in her attempt to “capture the hidden moment of creation” for all to see. Maria is guided by her spiritual nature and warm heart: so that her paintings resonate with the soul and absorb the hectic pace of every day life.
However, in her portrayal of an evolving weather pattern or the crash of a wave, she brings a contemporary sensibility to her work that abstracts the conventional and celebrates the new.
Today, Maria lives and paints in her studio by the Thames, London. She was recently nominated into the Courvoisier Future 500 Network, sponsored by the Observer (the unique network for rising stars across the UK). It is an accolade that is testament to the brilliance of her artistry and is backed up by the avid support of her illustrious collectors (including international celebrities, ambassadors and multi-national corporations).