Maria Lai was an Italian artist born in and died in Sardinia. In 1940 she left the Italian island to enroll at the Art School in Rome. Her crucial meeting for her artistic career was with Marino Mazzacurati , in Rome, and than she attended the course of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice under the guidance of Arturo Martini. After the Second World War, in the turmoil that disoriented all the art world that Lai experimented and shown up her vocation. Her continuos researches of different techniques and materials brought her to create a new language in sculpture.

Maria Lai
Maria Lai
Ulassai, 1919
Italy

Current Exhibitions

Maria Lai: Holding The Sun by the Hand

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI

19 Jun — 12 Jan
MAXXI presents a major exhibition dedicated to Maria Lai (1919-2013) to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth. The exhibition is a collaboration with Archivio Maria Lai and Fondazione Stazione dell’Arte. The...

Solo Shows

2013

“Autoritratti”, Museo d’arte moderna di Bologna, Bologna

“Tra fiabe, miti e leggende: le Tracce di un dio distratto”, Nuova Galleria Morone, Milan

2011

“Orme di Leggi – Premio Camera dei deputati, 150 anni dell’Unità d’Italia”, Rome

“Premio Venere nera”, Venice, Italy

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Ulassai Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1919 Lives in: 2013