Born and raised in VT. Chinòn Maria attended the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, undergraduate programs through the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA from Montana State University. She began her artistic career on the walls of her home painting a mural that spanned her entire childhood. At 24 she retired from her professional career as an alpine ski racer and continued her passions as an artist. Her art is steeped in rich history and ancient world cultures, allowing a feminist narrative to weave into the stories to retell them through her lens. The abundant use of color and floral patterns is an ode to her Colombian heritage and the wonderful fabrics that adorned her families home. A nostalgic fascination with previous eras and styles, such as the Golden Age of Animation, with it`s playful and definitive character can be seen throughout Chinon`s work. Her life long advocacy work for child education, gender equality, and immigrant rights are an essential pillar to her artistic mission. Her vibrant works teeming with positivity has resulted in reviews in the New York Times, New York Magazine, HBO, Vice News, NowThis, ABC, CBS, and NBC and has led to partnerships with the United Nations, nationally recognized non-profits and leading art industry publications and projects. Her work has been shown in galleries and walls throughout North and South America and Europe. She splits her time living in NYC, VT and Mexico City with her husband and manager Sebastian Mitre and rabbit Professor Walnut. In 2018 they co-created Sokoki Studios and travel the globe giving lectures, workshops and uniting communities through public art.
WHAT IS SOKOKI STUDIOS
Our philosophy is simple.
ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
Sokoki Studios is where creativity and advocacy thrive.
Sokoki inspires a lifestyle to create and follow your own path.
Sokoki raises your awareness to critical global issues.
Sokoki empowers you to take action.
We dream of a world that can be united through the language of art.
Sokoki Studios is composed of 3 unique HUBS:
Sokoki FINE ART
WE ARE UNAFRAID TO BE BOLD, TO BE COLORFUL, AND TO BE POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES.
For prices, inquires, commissions, how we can come to your community or questions please fill out the form at the bottom of page with your personal message. THANK YOU! Spreading smiles with buckets of paint.
ALL IMAGES © CHINON MARIA