(Girl, may God bless you!)
by Sofia Maldonado
Sofia Maldonado is a mural painter who mixes interdisciplinary art practice with street culture. She studied at both the School of Visual Arts and La Escuela de Artes Plasticas, and in 2006 she received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Cuban Artists Fund to participate in the Vermont Studios Residency Program. Maldonado's most recent public projects have been presented by Real Art Ways, Graphopoli, The 10th Havana Biennale, The Times Square Alliance and The Rockefeller Brothers. She has given lectures and workshops at La Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rollin College and Taller Puertorriqueño, and has exhibited her work in in California, Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, France, and New York.
As an artist, Maldonado admires her country's rural landscapes, as well as the chaos of the city and the abandoned structures within them. During her undergraduate studies she painted numerous murals, with or without permission, in abandoned buildings, barrios and indoor spaces as a way to bring beauty to each site. She received recognition throughout her country by creating her own visual language with bright colors and flowing brush strokes that simulate nature. Sofia's artwork is a blend of fashion trends, the Latina female aesthetic and various street culture elements such as skateboarding, graffiti, public art, reggaeton and punk music. You can find more of her work at her website, SofiaMaldonado.com.