M☆M was born and raised in Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family. From a very young age, a passion for drawing, along with a background in music, classical and Afro-Cuban dance and rhythm, tongue-twisters, poetry, theater, and
a curiosity for Renaissance Masters, influenced her
M☆M's artwork is shaped by personal life experiences, an integral component in all of her work, and reflects how she occupies the world, and how the world that surrounds her impacts her life. M☆M works mainly in photography (using a traditional 4x5 large-format film camera as her main tool), as well as drawing, performance, video, sound, installation, and sculpture. As protagonist in her work, M☆M stages herself into diverse environments, interacting with the landscape and creating her own reality. Her process with photography is much like a production set, where she sketches, researches, scouts, designs, builds, hand-makes props, directs and executes all aspects of her pieces. As a whole, her work touches upon personal and universal issues of human identity, the role of women and religion, freedom and our relationship with nature, and the quest for truth and meaning. Living in a duality of cultures, Cuban and American, and merging her individual thinking with traditional beliefs, her life is often rich with contradictions that fuel her work. Within this context, she reflects upon the social norms and roles men and women play in society, and the underlying interaction with tradition, politics, and religious doctrines.
Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design,
where she attended as a full merit scholar, M☆M has exhibited
throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, including Solo exhibitions: "Facing The Woman" in Miami, FL and "Carrying Tradition" in Wynwood, FL with Leonard Tachmes Gallery,
and “Echoes From The Subconscious” at Red Eye Gallery in Providence, RI. Selected exhibits include: the Bass
Museum of Art, Miami Beach; National Museum Gallery of Costa Rica; Polk Museum of
Art, Lakeland, FL; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Art Basel Miami Beach, Contemporary Artist Program 2015; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; Frost Art Museum, Miami,
FL; Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL; Yale University
Art Gallery, CT; Chicago Latin Film Festival, IL; Miami Performance
International Festival, FL; Sagamore Art Hotel, Miami Beach, among many others. International art fairs include: The Armory
Show with Exit Art Gallery, New York; Circa Art Fair, Puerto Rico; Buenos Aires
Photo, Argentina; Lima Photo International Fair, Peru; Scope Fair New York and Scope Art Basel Miami, and others.
In 2016, M☆M's work was exhibited at: the Frank Museum of Art, the Miller Gallery, and the Fisher Gallery at Otterbein University in Columbus Ohio for the exhibit An Island Apart, Cuban Artists in Exile; as well as at Art Center South Florida, Vizcaya on the Beach, Miami Beach. Upcoming, M☆M has been selected to exhibit at the Inaugural Latin(o)
American Biennial at MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, CA in 2017, and Made in America at the National
Academy Museum, New York.
M☆M's work is featured in over
two-dozen publications including Miami Contemporary Artists book by Schiffer
Publishing; feature cover and spread in After Image Photo Magazine: "A World In Reverse: The Work of Maritza Molina"; feature spread in Ocean Drive Magazine: "Art Basel's Homegrown Flavor: Maritza Molina"; in Art Forum; and others.
Awards include: Individual Artist Fellowship from State of Florida; Cintas
Foundation Fellowship Visual Arts Finalist; FL State Artist Enhancement Grant;
multiple FL Artist Access Grants; and Resident Artist at
SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has been invited to lecture about her work at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, at University of Miami in FL, and served as Panelist for the Florida State Interdisciplinary Individual Artist Fellowship in 2009.
M☆M teaches as an
adjunct Art Professor at Miami Dade College, and in 2011 was an invited Photography
Professor at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has served as art director, curator, art consultant, and has led numerous art workshops, including at the Miami Art Museum, Miami Science Museum, Miami Children's Museum, and Miami Bridge Carnival Arts.
Her work is part of public collections at the Bass
Museum of Art in Miami Beach; Sagamore Art Hotel in Miami Beach; Sondra Gilman & Celso Gonzalez Falla in New York; Kathryn and Dan Mikesell in Miami; Julio Gallo MPAC in Miami, as
well as private collections internationally.
I observe and feel the world around me and create things, that is all. Just look at the artwork and interpret it however you like; through your own senses.©
2016(Artist's Studio / Photo by GioAlma for Ocean Drive Magazine)
Internal to External
M☆M ~ In Wonderment