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Illinois School of Architecture | Fall 2023 Lecture Series

"My work is nourished by symbols, stories, traditions, rituals, experiences, and by permanently returning to admire the iconography of ancestral world cultures, especially Peruvian cultures. These experiences inspire me to discover, explore and absorb contemporary visual arts, which exist lavishly, choosing the one that moves me and fits the direction of my visions of totem images, of symbolic characters and landscapes, and of my experience; developing ancestral patterns that are essentially Andean"
– Maximo Laura

About the Artist

"Maximo Laura (Ayacucho, Peru), is an award winning tapestry weaver internationally recognized as one of South America´s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. He is a consultant, designer and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. His work is the integration and synthesis of ancestral weaving techniques, symbols, memories, myths and rituals with contemporary art." (From Maximo Laura's webpage)

Illinois School of Architecture Lecture | Fall 2023

Poster for public lecture by Peruvian textile artist Maximo Laura. The graphic details that the event will be held on August 25th, 2023, from 2:00-3:00PM in room 302 of the Architecture Building. The poster features a vibrant banner of Laura's work, as well as a QR code to his website at

Event Information

Peruvian textile artist Maximo Laura,, will present his work, process, and influence nourished by the Ancestral Peruvian Traditions and the Andean World's symbols, stories, rituals, and iconography.

You are invited to his public lecture, MAXIMO LAURA: Symbols, Stories and Experiences of Peruvian Textiles, on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 2:00 PM in the Architecture Building Room 302. You can also register for the Zoom Lecture via Registration Link.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with David J Isern at

“Festival of the Water Goddess” Tapestry by Maximo Laura. This vibrant tapestry depicts a colorful underwater seascape abundant with colorful marine life, in a geometric abstract style.

"Festival of the Water Goddess" by Maximo Laura