b. 1948, Montevideo, Uruguay - lives in Long Island, New York since 1972
A unique talent in the world of ceramics, Buzio has been working in clay in New York since 1972. Born in Uruguay, Buzio learned to create, form, and shape clay sculptures from the master ceramicist José Collell, based on ancient Amerindian practices. Buzio continues to work with this same method, cutting earthenware slabs into geometric shapes, and then combining these cylinders, cones, and hemispheres to form the body of her sculptures. Using special pigments which she mixes herself, the artist draws and paints directly onto her unfired works. Before firing, Buzio burnishes her pieces; this step serves to fuse the paint into the clay and results in the unique luminosity and distinctive hues that characterize her artworks.
After moving to New York, Buzio's pictorial vocabulary shifted to reflect her new, urban surroundings, inspiring her to create her New York Cityscapes, with their evocative rooflines, cast iron architecture and water towers. Her latest series of abstract geometric designs executed in bright primary colors represents a new direction in her practice.
Buzio's ceramics are found in the Painting & Sculpture Collection of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums; the Honoloulou Academy of Art, Hawaii; the Victoria & Albert, London; National Museum of History, Taipei City, Taiwan and other international museums and private collections.
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