María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the United States since the 1990s. Her interdisciplinary work investigates notions of female identity, sexuality, and language. She has worked with installation, video, sound, photography, and performance. Her approach to art is to engage with the surrounding space in both an architectural sense and in an intimate scale, bringing together layers of history, culture and personal experience in poetic and intellectually challenging ways.
Her work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally in university and private museums, and contemporary art venues such as The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA, the ARC gallery in Chicago, IL, the Spencer Museum Of Art, Lawrence, KS, the Paula Cooper gallery and the Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts, both in NYC.
She has exhibited her work in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Germany. Her work has been featured in Art In America and Sculpture Magazine and is driven by installation, site-specific approaches, public art and collaboration. She has received numerous awards and grants and was the first art student to obtain a grant through the Madrid-California Education Abroad program.
Other professional activities in which she has been involved include: independent curatorial projects, discussion panels, and leading workshops for artists nationally and abroad. More information about her work is available on her website.
María Velasco received her Bachelors Degree in Painting from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1989, and her Master of Fine Arts in New Genre from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. In the fall of 1995, she began her appointment at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, where she currently works as an Associate Professor of Fine Arts.