"Here the motivation is to break the result of burning the clay when it makes the pottery inflexible and to move it in a playful way. Also the desire to annul the primary function of forms, creating other forms and/or another form as another time for them."
Renowned Brazilian visual artist, researcher, and teacher, Mary Di Iorio, seamlessly blends her passion for art with an illustrious career spanning decades. With her artistic roots planted in the spring of 1969, Di Iorio currently divides her time between the vibrant cities of Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. Her journey as an artist has been marked by a series of significant achievements, both in Brazil and abroad.
Di Iorio embarked on her artistic pursuits with a specialization in Art History and Architecture at PUC - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was here that she laid the foundation for her artistic endeavors, paving the way for a remarkable career that would soon unfold. Her first solo exhibition took place at the esteemed Salão Jovem of Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte - MG, captivating audiences with her unique artistic vision.
Throughout the years, Di Iorio continued to captivate art enthusiasts through a series of solo and group exhibitions, embarking on transformative trips and attending courses both within Brazil and internationally. Her artistic journey took an exciting turn in 1972 when she played a pivotal role in establishing the Faculty of Arts at the Federal University of Uberlândia - MG. Here, she not only curated courses but also served as a professor and Head of the Department, leaving an indelible mark on the artistic landscape.
To further refine her craft, Di Iorio traveled to Italy in 1978 to study at the Belli Arti Academy "Pietro Vannucci," where she had the privilege of learning from the esteemed Juliano Giuman in the fields of painting, art history, and ceramics. The following year, she meticulously documented her experiences as a ceramics teacher. As an influential figure in the art world, Di Iorio has delivered enlightening lectures both in Brazil and abroad, sharing her profound insights and experiences.
Di Iorio's contributions to the field of ceramics have been widely recognized, with notable publications such as "Arte Cerâmica no Ensino," published by the Federal University of Uberlândia/MG in the summer of 1992. Additionally, her works have been featured in various books, catalogs, magazines, and newspapers, accompanied by critical acclaim. She continues to expand her artistic presence through her website, which provides a digital gallery of her works and a platform to connect with art enthusiasts worldwide.
Mary Di Iorio's artistic journey serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to the arts. Through her vibrant creations, she has not only contributed to the cultural landscape of Brazil but has also left an indelible mark on the global art scene. As she continues to explore new artistic dimensions, Di Iorio's talent and passion promise to inspire generations of artists to come.
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