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Mariana Maldonado

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Last Bloom, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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A Fine Balance, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 38 X32 © Mariana Maldonado
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Black Roses, 2005 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Celebration, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 48 © Mariana Maldonado
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Deeper, 2003 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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East West, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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Harmony & Balance, 2003 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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North of Southwest, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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Rhododendrons , 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 24 X 24
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September Morning, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 18 © Mariana Maldonado
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Still Life Afternoon, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 20 © Mariana Maldonado
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Still Fife Terracotta Vases & Flowers, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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Splendor, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 48 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Tranquility, 2002 Acrylic on Canvas 20 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Vases & Apples, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 28 X 22 © Mariana Maldonado
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Tuscan Afternoon, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 24 © Acrylic on canvas
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Meditation Series: Blue Moon, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Green Tea, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Pink Passage, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Perfect Silence, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Time After Time, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Summer Heat, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Late Fall, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Summer Nights, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Summer Days, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Seventh Heaven, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Bittersweet, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Meditation Series: Heart and Soul, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Shaman, 1999 Oil, Acrylic on Canvas 40x30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Dangerous, 1999 Oil on Canvas
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Cave Series: Solace, 1998 Oil on Canvas 24 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Taurus, 1998 Oil on Canvas 30 X 40 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Out in the Wilderness, 1998 Oil, Pastel on Canvas 24 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Storm, 1999 Oil, Pastel on Canvas
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Cave Series: Beast of Burden, 1997 OI on Canvas 30 X40 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Wild, 1997 Oil on Canvas 20 X 24 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Alone in the Wilderness , 1998 Oil on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Wounded, 1999 Oil, Pastel on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Gentle Wilderness, 1997 Oil on Canvas 24 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Sacred Bull, 1999 Oil on Canvas 12 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: Lost, 1997 Oil on Canvas 24 X 36 © Mariana Maldonado
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Cave Series: First Woman, 1999 Oil, Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Fourth Motion, 1993 Acrylic on Paper 12 X 15 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Third Motion, 1993 Acrylic on Paper 12 X 15 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Second Motion, 1993 Acrylic on Paper 12 X 15 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Movement Within I, 1993 Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Paper 11 X 11 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Motion Within II, 1993 Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Paper 11x11 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Near and Far, 1993 Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Paper 11x14 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Near the City, 1998 Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Paper 15x11 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Texture and Rotation, 1998 Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Canvas (framed) 15x12 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Rotation, 1998 Acrylic on Paper 22x30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Field of Motion I, 1998 Acrylic on Paper 22 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: Field of Motion II, 1998 Acrylic on Paper 22 X 30 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: On the Run, 1998 Acrylic on Paper 22x15 © Mariana Maldonado
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Motion Series: No Where to Hide, 1998 Acrylic on Paper 15x22 © Mariana Maldonado
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Ecuador
Representing galleries
Gogh Gallery, Ecuador; Skyclad Gallery Boonton, NJ; Fieldstone Fine Art Ramsey, NJ
Tags
Post Cubist Still Life abstract, Color Fields painting, mixed-media, landscape, surrealism, modern, abstract
Statement

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
 

 

Honors:
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