Maria Paz (b. 1989) is a Chilean-born artist based in Oakland, CA. Paz works primarily in ceramics, creating illustrative sculptures that are deeply personal while also reflective upon the collective traumas of the globally oppressed. Her illustrations on ceramics aim to archive global events in addition to her personal encounters with dictatorship, migration, and Otherness. Paz believes that ceramic works serve as tombstones for their creators, whose bodies of work, even in fragments, survive the millennia. In 2015, Paz began to work as a lab technician in the ceramics department at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. In 2018, Paz joined a sustainable ceramic collective called Mutual Stores in Oakland, CA. Paz is currently showing at Someth1ng Gallery in London, Britain and preparing for her solo show at Naming Gallery(Oakland, Ca) in March of 2018.