Contemporary Artist Mariko Defies Tradition and Sets Her Own Acclaim As Leading Artist To Watch At Gauchet Fine Art
Establishing itself in the global arts market as a leading Miami-based gallery in 2012, Gauchet Fine Art tapped a select group to build it repertoire of artists from across America and Europe. Of this selection was contemporary sculptor Mariko. Defying traditional modes of sculpture with the incorporation of found metal objects, her works are best noted for their harmonious balance and fusion between Cubism and Primitive Art.
“Her bronze statues are a main example of her use of proportion and balance and play on femininity, says Gallery Founder Kristelle Gauchet… Mariko’s works are ones to be watched amongst the larger contemporary and fine art worlds, and we are excited that her pieces have been acquired into private collections here in Miami. Each of her subjects portray avant-garde realism making them exceptional works of art for public exposition and collecting value.”
In addition to her bronze series, she is also known for her large-scale sandstone characters portraying animals and human figures, which had much to do with her upbringing in Madagascar and early fascination with Malagasy craftsmanship. While living in Kenya, Mariko first began carving with sandstone, learning specific features of the exceptional material and the rudiments of the technique by the Maasai craftsmen. Later on, while studying at Les Beaux-Arts in France, she also became influenced by the teachings of the early-20th-century avant-garde Cubism Movement, particularly the transformation of volumes and shapes, pioneered by Georges Braque (1882-1963) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
Mariko’s works will debut this season as part of a new gallery exhibition entitled Modern Femme: Conceptual Works by Mariko and Claudia Meyer, on view Feb. 15-March 15, at the Miami Ironside Art and Design district.