Maria Paz (b. 1989, Quilpue, Chile), is a self-taught artist based in Oakland, California working primarily in ceramics and painting. Her practice draws from the analysis of material culture practiced in Archeology. By creating illustrative sculptures, Paz aims to archive global events, her path to familial healing, and her personal encounters with migration to the United States. She uses the symbolic imagery of her past and present life to reveal the fabric of her intersectional identity; an homage to the ceramic artifacts left before us.
In 2015, Paz began to work as a lab technician in the ceramics department at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. In 2017, Paz exhibited her work in London, Britain at Something Gallery and New Image Art in Los Angeles, CA. She has recently exhibited at The Tallest Part Of The Arch at Southern Exposure (SF) and Lavender Scented Palms at Part 2. Gallery (Oakland) and was a finalist for the 2019-2020 TOSA Studio Award.