For all it’s simplicity, naive art is extremely hard to pull off. It takes an experienced painter to understand the intricacies of a flat composition. María Luque is such a painter. Based in Argentina, she’s well recognized for her vibrant paintings centered around women and home life.
“I think there is a connection between how I used to draw when I was little and the way I do now,” Luque observed in an interview with Creative Boom, “at least in the attitude. I used to love drawing with my friends and it’s something I still do nowadays. I went to art school, studied there for a few years and I learned a lot, but in the end I dropped out.”
But though she neglected the formalities of art school, Luque is still very much inspired by her peers. “I’m still learning everyday, especially from my friends and colleagues,” she says, citing icons like Matisse, Marina Abramović, and David Hockney. “I also love art history and I’m very curious about artists’ lives,” she adds.
“I like to make people laugh with my drawing, or at least make them smile,” says Luque. If anything, her art will put a smile on your face.