Born in Bogota, Columbia (nee Pelaez)
Lives and works in Aurora, Canada
Maria received her B.Sc. (Industrial
Engineering) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1995. She took
drawing courses at the Toronto School of Arts in 2005 and 2006 and started to
paint in 2013 at Sherman J. Studio. As a visual artist she explores nature,
everyday life and objects through painting, drawing and photography. In her
work Maria scrutinizes historical painting and contemporary culture as a means
to create a space of contrast where light and dark/ abstract and concrete
Maria grew up in Bogota visiting museums
and reading the book “100 Obras Maestras de la Pintura” (100 Masterpieces of Painting) from her father’s library countless times.
Those pages took her to a magical kingdom of colors, lights and shapes that
ultimately defined her career choice. She has lived in Colombia, Denmark and
Canada has also traveled extensively and spent time working in the world of business.
Through those experiences Maria has learned to value other cultures as much as
her own and to understand that human nature can bring out the best and the
worst of society, a constant paradox that she tries to represent in her work.
Maria is working on her first group
exhibition with Local Colour Aurora in the fall of 2015.
Photo courtesy of David Falconer
All images on this website are copyrighted by the individual artists.
Reflections on the Pitcher - oil
Bird of Paradise - pencil crayons on paper