Ulassai, Sardinia 1919 - Cardedu, 2013

Though her early artistic endeavors took her to Rome and Venice, Maria Lai was often drawn back to the customs and histories of Sardinia, and in particular to the lives and voices of the women who lived on the island. Over the course of her illustrious sixty-year career, her work was shown extensively in solo exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe, and she was invited to participate in group shows across the globe, including at the Venice Biennale of 1978. In addition to her visual and social arts practice, which encompassed works on paper, sculpture, textiles, performances, and community actions, Lai collaborated with several theater companies. Most recently, her work was included in documenta14 in Athens and the Venice Biennale, both in 2017, and in 2019, MAXXI Museum in Rome held a major retrospective of her practice.