Gallerie Valerie Presents

Maria Pazos

Opening Night: Thursday, October 20th, 7-9 pm

The exhibition runs from October 20th through November 13th
628 2nd Ave., Suite 203, Crockett, CA 94525

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Maria Pazos

Artist Bio


Born in Santa Clara Cuba I came to the US in 1961 on what was called The Peter
Pan Flights. Unaccompanied minors were brought to the US in the hopes of
expediting their parent’s exit from Cuba. I was one of the lucky ones as my
parents followed me within 4 months.
I have always drawn and painted. As a child I made my own paper dolls and
solicited input from the adults as to what they would like me to draw for them. As I
grew I became very interested in illustrators like J. C. Leyendecker, Normal
Rockwell, as well as the illustrative world of Toulouse-Lautrec and Maxfield
Parrish. I hoped my career would follow in their footsteps.
I studied at San Jose State and graduated with a BA in Graphic Design with a
concentration in Illustration. A few years later, I was able to take some classes at
the S. F. Academy of Art. But the illustration aspect never fully materialized. My
education encompassed both fine as well as commercial art (as it was called back
then). I took the path more traveled (more practical, so they said) and after a long
career in graphic design, the draw of communicating on a more personal level and
expressing my vision was too great, so I connected with my fine arts roots.
Inauspicious beginnings included going back to basics to regain my drawing and
composition skills. Funny how rusty one gets! Initially, my medium of choice was
watercolor but along the way I came across alcohol inks which seduced me with
their quirky flow and vibrant colors. I discovered an emotional expressiveness with
the inks and have translated that to watercolors. Going back and forth between
the media is a great way to keep developing interesting techniques and to
continue to grow as an artist.