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Sofia Maldonado  New York, NY

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About Sofia

Sofia Maldonado is a mural painter mixing interdisciplinary art practice with street culture. Born in Puerto Rico, from a Cuban mother, 1984. In 2002 she participate Sculpture and Installation Seminar at the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Between 2002 & 2006, she pursued undergraduate work in art and design at the La Escuela de Artes Plasticas. In 2006 she achieve a Painting MFA from Pratt Institute, New York. In 2009 she received a scholarship by the Cuban Artist Fund to be part of Vermont Studios Residency.

The use of color in her works portrays Maldonado’s admiration to the Caribbean landscape, along with the chaos of the city and the abandoned structures within them. There is an evident blend of fashion trends, the Latina female aesthetic and various street culture elements in her visual concept.

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"this is an amazing building."

"MY REVIEWpic a; the blow of unabridged sanctitypic b; mundane posture of faith"

"I love it!"

"hey, look up mexican muralists, fresco painting, or even go further back (think Egypt, Pompeii). People have been painting on walls long before the words graffiti and vandalism existed... or for that matter even before buildings (art galleries) were constructed to contain art in rooms, away from our daily environment."

"Glorified Graffiti? Art can't be constrained to a canvas or museum. Art is expressed in whichever way seems appropriate, within the bounds of ethics. And its not defined as graffiti, when permission was given to do it. And I would bet you, that permission was granted for this work of art. Get with the times you old fogy :P"

"This is cool and It's great and expressive.."

"I absolutely love it. It is one of the best artworks of graffiti I've ever seen. The street gangs in L.A. should learn how to make graffiti like this. And Sofia, I find what you do a very good deed, and concepts of things that others won't."

"Delightful and refreshing, thinking outside the box . . ."

"This is glorified graffitti. The gang in east L.A. have this struff all over their walls, fences and streets. Ugh. Let's keep the art in the museums and on canvas where it belongs."

"so cool... i love art i would have totally painted this... so much expression"

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