Luiz Roberto da Rocha Maia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1947. His painting style is the naïf. He is a self-taught visual artist who prefers the daily Brazilian life as a theme for his works of art.
Rocha Maia has a degree in Business with a post-graduate certificate from Getúlio Vargas Foundation. He worked for the Brazilian federal government for 30 years. He encouraged the creation of cultural spaces and he was an exhibit curator for many years. His enthusiasm contributed to the opening of the art hall project, for children and teenagers, known as “Brincando com Arte” (playing with Art), already in its 9th edition, in Brasília, Brazil.
Rocha Maia organized several creativity workshops as part of internal marketing and quality of life programs for enterprises. He was a business consultant and professor of Business Administration. He has also given presentations to promote the naïf painting style as an instrument of communication and popular education, as well as to help improve the quality of life in enterprises.
Presently Rocha Maia is developing a project which aims at supporting and valuing young artistic talents in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
In the last 32 years, in Brasilia, Rocha Maia has created an open free atelier with his wife, the also visual artist H. KazuMaia. This atelier has the suggestive name of “Luz Dourada” (golden light).
Rocha Maia is registered as a professional artist in the Federal District and he was member of the Visual Artists Society of Brasília. He is presently affiliated to the National Union of Visual Artists – SINAP-ESP and to the AIAP Committee- UNESCO -Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques (International Association of Visual Arts). He is a member of several art and cultural associations, like: the Valparaisense Society of Visual Artists, Valparaiso, Goias, Brasil; the Cooperative for Artistic Activities ÁRVORE, Porto, Portugal; the National Society of Beaux Arts, Lisbon, Portugal; and the Candanga Association of Visual Artists, Brasília /DF, Brasil.
He is also registered with the Entes e Agentes da Cultura (Cultural Beings and Agents) / FAC of the Federal District. He has participated in hundreds of national and international exhibits and visual arts galleries. He has received more than 40 national and international prizes.
Luiz Roberto da Rocha Maia is mentioned in several visual arts catalogues. He has paintings in exhibition in art galleries and museums, such as: Museum of Art Naïf, São José do Rio Preto, Sao Paulo, Brasil; Museum MIDAN- Vicq, France; SESC collection of the works that have received prizes during the Bienal Naïfs of Brasil, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil; as well as in private collections in Brazil, Bolivia, Italia, USA, Cuba, France and Portugal.
In 2008, Rocha Maia received the Fluminense Commendation of the Beaux Arts, Commander Degree, for the relevant services rendered to the art and culture of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2010, Rocha Maia was elected as an Academic into the Brazilian Academy of Beax Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Chair number 01, Patron Frei Francisco Solano, Free Degree.
This year of 2011, Rocha Maia has just launched in Brazil and in Europe his own art catalogue entitled “Ingenuidade Consciente – Rocha Maia, o domínio do espaço” (Conscious Naivety – Rocha Maia, the space domain), celebrating 50 years of the foundation of Brasília. The bilingual catalogue has 140 pages, and is supported by FAC - Fundo de Apoio à Cultura de Brasília/DF (the foundation for cultural support of Brasília).