Maria Levinge

   Maria Levinge is an Irish artist originally from Co. Waterford and now living near Bunclody, County Wexford. Primarily self taught, she was  tutored by her brother, well known artist Niccolo d'Ardia Caracciolo, RHA. She has held numerous successful exhibitions including at Jorgensen Gallery, Newtownbarry House and Ranelagh Arts Centre. She has also exhibited at Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse Carlow and at the Royal Ulster Academy. Her paintings have also been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition in Dublin, Ireland's largest exhibition of contemporary art, and she was an invited artist for this exhibition in 2007 and in 2008.

   She has been awarded residencies at Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre, at Cill Rialaig Artists' Retreat and at Ballinglen Arts Foundation. In 2012, she won the Mayoral Award at Art in the Open plein air painting festival and a bronze award at the same event in 2014.

Her paintings are often begun on location and completed in the studio. In the studio, memory and sketches  assist in achieving simplicity, editing inessential details to give her small paintings an elemental quality as well as a sense of calm and stillness.Describing her artistic journey, she states, 'On a painting trip to the west of Ireland some years ago I found myself sitting in a coastal field. Being there, I became conscious that the sights and sounds I was seeing and hearing were the same had I sat in that place a thousand years earlier. It had a profound effect on me, to be within this timeless place and stepping away from the rush life; to embrace calm, to be still and let the sounds of silence in and grounded in the simple beauty of the landscape. Since that experience, I have found that same consciousness can be found in almost any setting and my paintings strive to be little meditations on stillness, regardless of time of day or weather.'

Maria Levinge's work is in many public collections in Ireland including Axa Insurance Art Collection, the Office of Public Works Collection, Newtownbarry House Collection, Carlow IT and Wexford County Council. Her work is also housed in private collections in Ireland, the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.