Maia Cruz Palileo

March 9, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
I am a painter and I also make wood sculptures and works on paper using different mediums like drawing, rubbing, printmaking, ink, and resist methods.
Who are the figures in your paintings and where do you get the inspiration from?
The figures in my paintings are (and inspired by) mothers, brothers, lovers, poets, craftspeople, sky, grandmothers, soldiers, dogs, bathers, fighters, flowers, daughters, sorceresses, guardians, travelers, pallbearers, grandfathers, artists, magicians, stars, seamstresses, birds, musicians, healers, teachers, messengers, scoundrels, wolves, aunties, spirits, wanderers, great great great grand relatives, moons, mountains, embers, revolutionaries, stones, trees, fires, and rivers.
What’s next for you?
My solo show, “Waves of the Sea,” at Monique Meloche in Chicago is opening on March 6th. And opening on September 9, Long Kwento, at California College of the Arts Wattis Institute in San Francisco.

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