Maria Isabel Lazo
Mixed-Media Artist
   Self-taught artist, Maria Isabel Lazo, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in New York City, NY. At a very young age, her wild and energetic personality led her to explore and enjoy art projects of multiple medias, such as ink and pencil drawings and collages. She won first prize in an inter-Catholic school competition; attesting that art was her path. Subsequently, Maria Isabel studied architecture; where she cultivated interests in art history, illustration and sculpture.
       In 1985, she co- founded and directed the art gallery Gala Centro de Arte in Ecuador. Gala showcased works from international, eminent visual artists; local, emerging talents and held exhibitions of her own work for over fifteen years. Maria was forced to return to the US when her youngest child was affected by a life-threatening illness. From 2000 to 2019 she managed the ArtsPark at Young Circle Art  Gallery in the City of Hollywood, Florida and continues creating works of various subjects and mediums.
Maria Isabel's collection of fine quality reproductions have been embellished in various techniques, hi-lightening tones, colors and reflections. She was a craftsman artist at Park West Gallery,  pioneers of extraordinary art auctions on cruise ships, where she enhanced reproduction work of  fine art painters represented by the gallery as Daniel Walls, Peter Mac, Romero Britto, amongst others. 
It is a process that takes time just as painting an original. Her art hangs in private collections in both the USA, in New York and Florida, and Ecuador, in the Galapagos Islands and Guayaquil.

     With captivating strokes, her paintings reveal nature’s wonders in incandescent colors; with subjects focused on innocent, carefree creatures relishing life in their natural habitat. When admiring these wild figures, Maria’s emotions can be felt within this frame of time in their modest lives.

Honoring the Memory of Maria Isabel "Tita" Morales

Forever 27

My first prayer painting... ..created totally with prayerful songs and pleads. The hummingbird represented my daughter who was at that time in trial and tribulation. As the hummingbird, she was holding strongly fighting adversity. Her parents, as in the painting, always by her side.
Three months after leaving us, I found out that hummingbirds are "Messengers of the Angels"...and that their wings move in a figure eight pattern - a symbol of infinity.... they also have a symbolic meaning of light and love. Their long narrow peaks and tongues get past the tough bitter exteriors of plants to fully dive into the sweetness within.
This is what my beautiful Maria did.... past through bitter and painful suffering to dive into the sweetness of God's arms,  leaving us Light, Love and Hope.

"The Nature of Grief"
24 x 18" Acrylic on Canvas

Grief is in the presence of an unforgiving storm and turbulent winds, dark clouds full of tears shadow the mountains that once were majestic and flooded its valleys with despair, burned and wilted bushes fight to survive; Nature is dying but suddenly a hibiscus seed flown by the winds finds its way to the Earth, also struggling to exist…a Blessings is within this diminutive seed, the Miracle of Life begins with the Birth of a Flower…a lilac rose colored Hummingbird perceives the beautiful Hibiscus flower bringing Light to Nature, Acceptance in Life and Hope to the sorrowed Heart.

Her personal encounters with the underwater world fuse with her unique artistic style; Maria Isabel brings untamed beauty from the ocean’s splendor’ in vivid color. She uses a variety of mediums and surfaces: canvas, wood, paper, tile, aluminum, textile and giclée.  With a curious spirit often searching for new textures and expressions, she incorporates and blends organic elements into her work, such as, sand, coffee and mud; stating on the matter, “It’s all about combining interior impressions with earthy given elements.” Several of her paintings are framed with the natural wood liberated from retired lobster traps in her local, beautiful Key West, Florida.

     Through Maria Isabel’s work to expose her observer to the scintillating energy of prismatic, tropical birds and mysterious, gentle sea life she found therapeutic release from the pressures of her personal life.

     “Art undrapes our most intimate dreams and feelings that are stronger than reason. I expect the viewer to interpret and understand the secret world that lies within every one of my pieces. The beauty of nature is the inspiration that sets free my soul to a hoisted level of sovereignty …... so I can fly”
          - Maria Isabel Lazo
Maria Isabel and her Paintings of Birds and Sea Life
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