Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist and public artist with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As a performance artist, she has performed at the Athenaeum Theater and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX, and participated in Escultura Social at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is a Core Artist with the Chicago Public Art Group and has led mosaic murals and other permanent work around Chicago, including the Garfield Park Conservatory, Marwen Foundation, and Washington Park. Upcoming shows include a collaborative installation show at the National Museum of Mexican Art and a collaborative performance piece curated by Ernesto Pujol at the Chicago Cultural Center in October.
In her artist statement she states: "My conceptual work reflects socio-cultural themes that deal with identity, gender, and display. These multi-layered associations examine women’s roles through the use of cultural iconography and other imagery associated with the female body. A corporeal sensibility initiates the basis of all the work and a performative aspect begins to be suggested. My work utilizes these materials to communicate a complex range of ideas that explore gender roles within a personal and societal narrative. My public art stems from strong community art practice, as I have led and enjoyed the creation of community public art around Chicago through mosaic art and other techniques."