“Pure, unassuming, soulful, her works give the viewer a glimpse of life’s simple but profound essences. What we like about Maria’s art is that it reminds us of what real art should be. Her art do not seek to impress through painstakingly studied techniques but are nevertheless impressive because they seem to spring spontaneously from an irrepressively hopeful heart. Viewing her work rewards one’s soul with new inspirations to see beauty in even the most ordinary of life’s occurences. And we leave with our spirits refreshed eager to see the way her heart’s eye sees the beauty of life’s moments.”(The Art Catalyst – New York, July 14, 2009).
Maria Pureza Escaño’s early works are characterized by impressionist influences which were ranked at par with the great American Impressionists. Her growing reputation in the global art scene as a notable figurative and surreal artist followed after the phenomenal success of her two shows at New York’s prestigious Ico Gallery (curated by Skylor Brummans) in March and April 2009. These were followed by numerous invitations to exhibit from galleries here in the country and in the art capitals of the world.
Maria Pureza Escaño is a self-taught artist from Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines. She started painting at the age of nine after seeing a coffeetable book on the French Impressionists. She sources her inspiration from having grown up in Sariaya, with its landscapes both colorful and dreamy and its culture rich and vibrant with its Fil-Hispanic-American infusions.
After obtaining a degree in English Literature she worked as a freelance writer and creative consultant for various magazines and organizations and became creative director of a design firm in Makati City.
Poet/artist Dalia Chako, owner of Ico Gallery, says of her art : “We think Escaño’s works have a unique sensitivity and delicate nature with an angelic perspective that we find very appealing. She makes us think of faraway worlds and beautiful dreams.”
Escaño’s well-received figurative art are characterized by soulful and lighthearted subjects and scenes which are reminiscent of her classical and impressionist exposure while her surreal art features evocative dreamscapes in vibrant patches of colors either in languid almost sinuous brushstrokes or in geometric stained-glass-looking shapes – a style uniquely her own yet universal in appeal.
She has exhibited with international artists Blake Ward, Jon Boe Paulsen, Jean Dortch, Ned Martin, Kaiser Kamal, Davor Vukovic and Tedd Barr.
Maria Pureza Escano is the commissioned artist of a mural “Beachcombers of the Cebu Channel” which now hangs at the lobby of the new Japanese-owned Mariners’ Court in Cebu. Just recently she has been commissioned to paint four other artworks for the same company to hang at their new hotel in Davao and at their main hotel in Manila.
As one of the banner artists of Ico Gallery, she is scheduled to have a one-man show in NY at Ico Gallery-Chelsea in 2010.
She is at present, thru her “Ode to the Father” exhibitions, helping raise funds for the Scholarship of Hope of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Foundation. This Scholarship aims to send the children of the "poorest of the poor" to school.
Although very active in her artistic endeavors, Maria Pureza Escano does not see herself as a professional artist. “I do not see art as work. It is rather an answer to that need in my soul to reproduce how I see things with my heart’s eye… the need to hold something raw and use it to express how the wonderful things in God’s good earth move me. Art is my praise to God.”
Maria Pureza Escano is currently preparing for Creative Energy International Art Festival which will be held in Bologna, Italy in October 2010. She was invited to join this global art event by curator Paola Trevisan who became "fascinated by her personal and powerful art research where the interaction of spaces, forms and colour connection create such intense and emotional result able to go beyond the limitations of the canvas."