ARTIST, MURALIST & CREATIVE JUNKIE
Chinòn Maria was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She first began cultivating her creative path by secretly drawing and painting on the walls of her home. She 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. Previously a professional alpine skier, Chinòn Maria began a career in the arts immediately after her retirement from competitive sports at 24. Her Colombian roots have greatly impacted her use of a vibrant colorful palette while her life long influences and fascination with feminism, textile design, the golden age of animation, drag queens, urban street art and the fashion industry are present throughout her work. Committed to global social causes and her responsibility of being an artist, much of her work sheds light on topics concerning the perceptions of gender, race and sexuality . An advocate of art education for children, world history and immigration rights Chinòn Maria regularly involves communities to be part of her murals to actively inspire others through creativity.
Chinòn Maria has exhibited her work internationally in galleries and on walls throughout North America and Europe and her works and projects have been featured in the New York Times, Now This Her, Forbes Magazine, HBO Vice News, ABC News, NBC News, Associated Press, Animal Planet, Downtown Magazine, the Korean Times, Global Street Art, Southern Vermont Living, and more!
Today, she splits her time between New York and Europe. She likes to skip, wear big bows, and sometimes red lipstick.
Starting on the 25th of September, 2017, Chinon will embark on the largest outdoor mural to ever be painted in Lower Manhattan! Over 200 ft long and 2,400 square feet! She is partnering with the USA for the United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the Downtown Alliance of New York. The focus of the work will shed light on the global refugee crisis highlighting the strength and power of young girls and women who believe in a better future. She will also be working with schools globally from 6 continents to receive the words of children and their dreams for the future of the world.
If your school would like to become involved please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to receive more information and watch this short video. We are currently looking to have 5 thousand children worldwide to participate!
For prices, inquires, commissions, or questions please fill out the form at the bottom of page with your personal message.
DELIVERING SMILES WITH BUCKETS OF PAINT
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