Maria Mendoza was born in Miami, Florida in 1987 and is a multidisciplinary artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her current work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from her original paintings. Maria’s innovative body of work Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

She is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

Maria was recruited from the prestigious New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami for enrollment at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned her BFA in Fiber. At MICA, Maria also studied Interactive Media, Poetry, and Contemporary Theater. She was one of the first students at MICA to explore the emerging field of “Smart Textiles,” combining traditional forms of fiber art techniques with electronics and technology.

After MICA, Maria joined an aerial acrobatics theater company in which she performed in two full-scale productions. Maria has continued to refine her aerial acrobatic skills and has been training on the aerial silks since 2013.

Maria has also studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts where she developed a transformative paper-fold structure entitled the “Multi-Maridion Fold” for a pop-up book prototype. She is currently a guest artist and critic for the Book Arts department at the University of Baltimore (UB) and is a member and workshop instructor for UB’s Plork Press. 

She is currently developing a line of interactive paper products and wearable art, informed by the visual and structural elements of her recent paintings.

Maria has exhibited in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

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