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Peruvian artist to speak at URI's Women's Center - Works to be on display

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 5, 2004 -- Artist Maria Pia Barberi will speak at the University of Rhode Island Women's Center, located at 22 Upper College Road, Kingston on Tuesday, March 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Some of Barberi's unique paintings will also be on display at the Center from March 16 to 19. The talk and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Barberi was born in Peru and moved to Spain at age 5. From there she frequently visited Italy, her father's homeland. Returning to Peru when she was 15, the young artist was greatly impressed by pre-Colombian art and techniques.

After several years of research and experimenting with light and texture, treating and carving wood to obtain an old wood effect, and using natural pigments and oils found in ancient Peruvian art, she has developed and perfected her own painting style and techniques. Barberi's multicultural background and experiences give a distinct style and richness to her artwork.

Barberi received honorable mentions at the Manuel Cheek Solaria painting competition in 1990 and at the Peruvian National Art Museum competition in 1995. Her art has been exhibited in art galleries in Peru and most recently at the Agora Gallery in New York City.

Her themes vary, but they usually offer an emotional rather than an abstract content. Figures tend to reveal the soul or the essence of all human beings who fight and search for light. These figures are always looking forward to attract the spectator's attention to make him or her look at life's struggle for hope, according to information supplied to URI.
The gallery is open Wednesday, March 17 to Friday, March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call the Women's Center at 874-2097.