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ABOUT MARIA

I’m an eccentric, Detroit-born artist who centers my practice around the complex & the weird, along with paint application & design, all within the limitless realms of the personal, relational, cultural, & historic. I try to take something “normal” & paint it abnormally, pushing boundaries with brushstrokes.

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My work has a deep relationship with color & medium. My color choices are selective, as color has a keen relationship with psychology. Like color, Line quality, thickness—blobs & strokes—washes, drips, & the language of paint brings a physicality to my expression. These palpable tidbits establish each painting as its own entity with a sense of being & belonging.

Much of my work centers itself on one subject, sometimes including additions of secondary visuals like hands & animals. Hands serve as symbols for the psychological challenges we face from the people we love—the push & pull of relationships. A subject doesn’t stand alone, but is surrounded by these nuances, because there is always so much going on both inside & outside of us.


I have exhibits nationally & internationally. I & a small group of people are currently running Public Pool (Hamtramck, MI), a not-for-profit artist space run by a small group of individuals interested in representing the unrepresented, having new conversations, & giving people a place to have a voice. I was a board member for Art on the Move (Detroit, MI), a juror for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, & a curator for the Fine Arts Gallery (Detroit, MI). I participated in the New York Studio Program & played a part in an artist space, Lookout Urban Space (NY). Currently, I have a studio in MI & a new triannual studio in Brooklyn NY.  

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