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 of textile design, the golden age of animation, urban street art and the fashion industry are present throughout her work. An advocate of child education, gender equality, and immigration rights, Chinon Maria's artistic narrative typically surrounds these topics and believes it is crucial to have communities involved in her work 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!
In Fall 2017, Chinon Maria completed One World Our Children Mural #MuralToUnite at the World trade Center Campus! Over 200 ft long and 2,400 square feet. The project was commissioned by the Downtown Alliance of New York and partnered with USA for the United Nations High Commission of Refugees. The focus of the work is to shine a light on the global refugee crisis highlighting the strength and power of young girls and women who believe in a better future. She collaborated with schools globally and locally to receive the words of children and their dreams for the future of the world.
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DELIVERING SMILES WITH BUCKETS OF PAINT
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