Maria was born in Santiago, Chile in 1981. Inspired by the arts as a young child, she would not let anything get in the way of her thirst for more art. It was not unusual for her mother to get voicemails from Maria’s high school letting her know her daughter had ditched school. When Maria would get home, her mother would look at her and say, “You were at the museum weren’t you?” Without skipping a beat, Maria would pull out her museum ticket. Maria miraculously graduated from high school and she instantly took complete advantage of her new found independence and freedom as an adult. In college Maria’s work took many forms. Pencil, sketching, etching, acrylics and oils are just some of the few types of materials Maria uses to create her art. Her talents led her to two full ride scholarships for a Master’s Degree at two very prestigious universities: The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. Her mother was relieved knowing all the ditch days paid off.