Marilia started her artistic career later than usual. She completed her formal studies in Business Administration and, after working for a few years in the area, realized that she was not pursuing her soul’s true wish for beauty and creation.
In 1997, at 34, she understood that she had to look at her original talents and work from there. She then took formal painting classes that explored different materials and methods, as well as History of Occidental Art classes, in private institutions in Brazil. Mainly, however, she worked with and learned from artists. This shared experience was very important to understand how each artist needs to find his or her own way of expressing himself (herself) with truth.
Her first paintings were more figurative in appearance, but very abstract in meaning. The inspiration came from a source within her that she couldn´t comprehend so well in the beginning Soon she understood that, if she wanted to be true to her art, she would have to close her ears to the public for some time and dedicate herself on developing, nurturing and building an Art of the Soul. From this moment on she called herself a “Silent Artist”.
From 2000 to 2004 she painted alone, in hers or in other artists’ studios, such as Carlos de Sa and Osmar Pinheiro. But the main figure in all her learning process was Arnaldo Calado de Farias, someone with a vast knowledge of art as a manifest of the rich unconscious of the human being. He helped her understand the importance of solitude in creation.
In 2005, she decided to experiment with new materials and began studying ceramics. This led her to later on produce several sculptures, which were then converted to bronze. The garden in the house became a Sculpture garden.
2005 was the year to paint TAO, a series of thirteen canvasses. The voice of the Universe was heard.
2006 was the time to learn metal engraving. This brought a lot of joy,letting the alchemist inside the artist express herself. The studio acquired a gravure press and Marilia spent her days drawing on metal, bathing the metal sheets in acid, and pressing the metal on paper.
But painting has been always the greatest pleasure and received the most attention and dedication from the artist throughout her career. Even during new experimentations, painting was never left behind.
2006 and 2007 were the years when “As Nereides” were produced. This was very intense for the artist and brought out many aspects of the human archetypes. A series of sixteen 1,50m2 and one 1,50 x 2,00m canvasses were painted in the period of two years.
2008 and 2009 were the years of “Energia Cosmica,” a series of fourteen large 1,50m2 round canvasses which inspired a profound connection between human beings and the Universe; moments of complete solitude and interaction between the artist, canvas, and oil colors painting. Those were precious moments.
In 2010 and 2011 a new series of twelve canvasses was produced, deepening the journey of the solitary artist along the desert, the ocean, the forest…
In 2012 the artist was surprised by life. A Cancer. Treatments were done, she was cured, and life changed for the better – both that of the human being and that of the artist. The rhythm of her painting changed. Now, less meant more. In intensity, in truth. Maturity reached the person and the art. “Omphalos” was produced, a diptych with two canvasses of 1,60m x 1,20m each. It is also called “ O outono dos deuses” (autumn of the gods) or “ Casulos de Outono.”
2013 to 2015 followed the same new rhythm, with deep and intense paintings, lonely productions and increasing maturity.
2016 brings a new surprise, this time a good one. With their children grown up, studying and living abroad, the couple decided it was time for a new adventure and moved to London. The artist felt it was time to come out and show the world her work. Finally, after so many years, the London Biennale welcomes her and she feels very grateful.