Vivien Mildenberger / Bio

  The work of Oakland based, self-taught sculptor Maria Paz (b. 1989) explores a different path, specifically the bond broken with her home country of Chile and her experience of being raised as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Paz states: “I am interested in the impact of being separated from one’s country and how that shapes immigrants and the dualities in their cultural identities.”


The five ceramic works featured in the show have the feeling of archaeological findings, brightly colored vessels in an homage to the palette of Latin America. The works are covered in figures, objects and words, stories to be told and passed down to future generations. In one arresting piece, “The Webs of our Past Lives”, knobby protrusions cover the melon shaped stoneware. Worn and shadowy figures, ocean waves, flowers and leaves have been glazed onto one side while a paragraph of bold text demanding action from her ancestors covers another. At a time of such turmoil and divisiveness, Paz’s voice is undeniably fitting. By painting visions of Chile, her ancestors and her past, Paz seeks to reconcile and pay dues to her experience as a Latinx immigrant feels endlessly drawn to her home country. 


2016   BFA, Art Center College of Design
2011   Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Art


2017   Boats & Busts, Ceramics, Craig Krull Gallery
2016   Happy Collect, Flower Pepper Gallery
2016   Keep It Together curated by Mark Todd, Flower Pepper Gallery
2016    Front Wall recipient, Art Center College of Design
2015    Post it Show 11, Giant Robot


2017   Communication Arts Illustration Competition Shortlist
2016    New American Paintings, No. 127 Pacific Coast Issue
2016    American Illustration 35
2016    3×3 Magazine Illustration Annual
2016    Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition
2015    Creative Quarterly 39
2015    Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition


2020    Epic Voyages: Sacagawea by Gerry Bailey, Bramble
2020    A Vote is a Voice by Eliza Boxer, Sleeping Bear Press
2020    Judah Touro Didn’t Want To Be Famous by Audrey Ades, Kar-Ben
2019    Think Smart, Be Fearless by Sharon Mentyka, Little Bigfoot
2019    All in a Drop by Lori Alexander, HMH Kids
2019    Time Sight, by Lynne Jonell, Macmillan/Henry Holt
2018    The Book of Family Trees by Kari Hauge, Frances Lincoln
2018   The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser, Little Bee


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