Maria Lino (b. 1951, Havana): Lino, who works in a variety of media, describes her two most recent series, Working Hands and Agua/Water, this way: “I experiment with the interdisciplinary fusion of the visual arts and the documentary mode by combining drawing, video, digital media and animation with material that is traditionally considered documentary: interviews, still images, recorded sound and archival and appropriated footage.” She has shown her work in multiple galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her work was part of the traveling exhibition Cuba/USA: First Generation, and has been included in museum exhibitions such as Ancient Roots/New Visions, Contemporaries: Juxtaposing Perceptions, at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in New York, Ten Contemporary Hispanic Artists, at the Brooklyn Museum, and Resurgimiento, at the Museo del Barrio in New York, among others. She is the winner of a Women in the Visual Arts scholarship and received a Fulbright Award to work in Peru in 2011. Lino has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. (Cintas for art, 1975-76, 1976-77)
Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.
The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.
Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.