ABOUT

My name is Maria, and I am an educator, painter, and independent curator.  The last exhibition I curated was the ImagineSLS Film Festival at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art in September 2015.

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art in Design. During my undergraduate work, I was the lead arts instructor with the Washington International School and at First Place, a shelter for bereft children in Washington State.  I initiated my graduate studies with New York University in Visual Arts Administration. I was accepted into Pratt for a Masters in Painting in 1998. I received an internship with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 2006. In 2000, I co-founded an international non-profit arts organization which found its way into 13 countries and was in operation for 5 years. In 2016, I initiated my PhD which is currently building into my next body of work: Culture Mapping.

 

My art work began with sculpture, then moved into design and painting, and finally storytelling through pictures of my own. I enjoy taking photographs as much as I do painting. My paintings are primarily inspired by music and sutras. They are rendered in oils and collage.

Founder of www.culturedsocial.org

Member of the National Women's Caucus for Art, 2019

One of my first curated art events. Seattle Aquarium multi-media arts exhibition, exhibiting 120 Seattle based artists, performance artists and musicians. This one day exhibition was a fundraiser for HomeAlive an anti-viloence organization.