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Mariana Maldonado

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Representing galleries
Galleria Huillacuna, Baños Ecuador; Skyclad Gallery Boonton, NJ; Fieldstone Fine Art Ramsey, NJ

abstract, modern, surrealism, landscape, mixed-media, Color Fields painting, Post Cubist Still Life abstract


Artist’s Statement 

I am fascinated with the nature of line and the emotional element of color.  In these paintings, I incorporate what appear to be recognizable still life elements that intertwine between foreground and background.  I like to play with the lyrical elements of line, form, color and balance to arrive at a composition that conveys the complexity of creating the illusion of simplicity.

My paintings play with the idea of reality as a dream or subconscious memory that is not always defined but a metaphor for what we wish it might be.  Lines and colors cross boundaries creating intimate relationships of harmony.  However, as intimate as the relationships appear to be, each element has an individuality of presence that unifies and strengths the overall effect of the painting in the same way instruments in an orchestra create the totality of a musical composition.  

My work is influenced by the cubist paintings of Picasso, the minimal paintings of Parisian artist Mondrian, the color-fields of Rothko and the line work of Cuban artist Amelia Paláez.  It is the energy and the imagination of these master painters that fuels my creativity. 

  Statements by Noted Art Professionals

  • "Maldonado creates Post-Cubist paintings..... Her work has a similar sensibility to the paintings of another gifted Latina artist, Amelia Pelaez, who painted in mid-1940's Cuba.  Like Pelaez, Maldonado's pictorial primary focus is on the design quality of the arabesque."  Isabel Nazario, Executive Director, Office of Intercultural Initiatives, Rutgers University.  In 2001 Maldonado was selected by Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Fine Art as one of Their Forty Influential Latin American Artists.
  • "Beautiful work, Mariana, muy hermoso. I like your division of space and color use, very balanced and serene but with energy and tension.
    And the creative variety of styles is really very stunning. Salute! I like very much!" Earl Bateman, Chief Operating Officer, Art4love, Inc.

Major Collections

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

William Paterson University, NJ

International Center of Art y Poetry, Quito, Ecuador

Numerous Private Collections

2001 Selected by Rutgers University - One of Forty Influential Latin American Artists – Founded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

2003 Featured Artist on Discovery Jersey Arts
2004 Award of Merit – Center Gallery, NJ

Selected Galleries & Juried Shows:
Skyclad Gallery, Boonton NJ

Fieldstone Fine Art Gallery, Ramsey NJ

Berlex Laboratories HQ, Montville, NJ

Galleria Pomaire, Quito, Ecuador

Weiner Library at FDU, Teaneck, NJ

Bergen Museum of Art & Science, NJ

Perth Amboy Gallery, Invitational, NJ

Ramapo College Invitational, NJ

Center Gallery, New Milburn, NJ

Salmagundi Club, Manhattan, NY

ACNNJ National Juried Exhibition, NJ

Nexus Gallery, Manhattan, NY

Kenkeleba Gallery, Manhattan, NY

Willow’s Gallery, Ramsey, NJ

Blue Hill Corp. Center, Pearl River, NY

Mason Gross, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Berlex Laboratories, Montville, NJ

Schering-Plough, Inc., Madison, NJ

Galeria Boriken, New Palz, NY

Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

The Gallery, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Bergen Jaguar, Paramus, NJ

Artist Night, Newark Museum, invitational

NCJW Focus on Art 98, invitational

Art With a Heart Benefit, invitational

PCFL Art Festival, invitational

The Wilson Gallery, Mountain Lakes, NJ

City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ

New Jersey Small Works Show, Demarest, NJ

Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ

City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

The Gallery, Franklin Lakes, NJ

New Jersey Small Works, Demarest, NJ

The Glen Ridge Club, Glen Ridge, NJ

The Stable, Ridgewood, NJ

Haas Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

New Jersey Small Works Show, Demarest, NJ

The Gallery, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ

I & I Gallery, Boonton, NJ

The Barn Gallery, Ringwood, NJ

YM-YWHA of Wayne, NJ

Old Cultural Church, Demarest, NJ

Art In Focus Gallery, Hohokus, NJ

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