Maritza first started painting shortly before her third birthday, after seeing her Father work with brushes and paint. Through Elementary, she earned many art competitions working with modeling clay, and with that, a scholarship to go to college. She graduated with a BFA in 1985 and a MFA in 1990. Since 17, she was an art instructor for several institutions and for public schools; amongst those, Magisterio Nacional, La Universidad Veracruzana and El Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura y Las Artes.
Her first works included sculptures, castings in metals, wood and linoleum carvings. Important exhibits at The Museum of Antropology in Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana, IVEC and at
many National competitions. Maritza created maquettes with themes related to childhood, community and traditions. Throughout the years Maritza became more interested in two-dimensional techniques, from which acrylic is one of her favorite mediums. Maritza's natural tendency is surrealistic, but there is no rule to that, depending on the scene, the mood or the occassion, art can take unexpected turns.
Maritza's work is collected internationally. Her artwork is found in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and all across the US and Mexico.
Recent Awards and Exhibitions:
6/1/2012-6/27/2012,”Romancing El Paso”, Solo Exhibit, El Paso City Hall, sponsored by MCAD.
Nov 2011, Maritza was awarded a grant from The City of El Paso, Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, sponsoring her solo show for June 2012, titled "Romancing El Paso."
September 2011, Painted a 13 feet lamp post donated to The Hospice El Paso and received “Best of Show” and “Top Revenue Producer” awards.
3/06/2011, “Arts of March”Exhibit 2nd. place for “Free Spirit”
11/18/2010, “El Paso Postcard”, Hal Marcus Gallery
10/1/2010, “”Plein Air Painters of El Paso”, Sunland Art Gallery
9/1/2010, “Plein Air Painters of El Paso”, The Phillips Gallery, Las Cruces, NM.
8/20/2010, “Chile Exhibit”, Sunland Park Mall
8/5/2010, “Chile Exhibit”, Cielo Vista Park Mall
7/2010, “Drawings, The Essence of Art”, Hal Marcus Gallery
7/1/2010, “America The Beautiful”, Crossland Gallery
11/5/2009, “Sunbowl Art Exhibit”, International Museum of Art, El Paso.
10/2009, “Chile Exhibit”, Sunland Park Mall
9/2009, “Chile Exhibit”, Cielo Vista Park Mall
8/8/2009, “Western Impressions”, El Paso Downtown Library
7/2009, “America The Beautiful”, Third Place, Crossland Gallery
June 2012, El Paso Scene, Featuring Maritza’s Artwork on the cover, promoting “Romancing El Paso”
2011, created three inside illustrations for the book “Angels Around Us” by L.C. Hayden.
2011, Illustrated the book cover for “Life in The Rearview Mirror” by Nancy Natalicio, an OLLI/UTEP Publication.
October 2010, Created the Book Cover for “Little Mountain”, a mystery novel by Bob Sanchez, available at Amazon.Com
September 2010, the Painting “Viva El Paso” was featured in the cover of “El Paso Scene” for the month of September, also it is part of the 2011 “El Paso Scene”calendar.
2009, 2010 & 2011, Illustrated the Cover and a some poems for “Border Tapestry”, an annual publication by The El Paso Writer's League.
Special Participations and Recognitions:
3/2011, Rio Bravo Watercolorist, Art Demo and Presentation “Thinking Outside The Box”
2/2011, “Buena Vida Fundraiser”, featured artist.
2/2011, “Avance Hearts Fundraiser”
12/11/2010, El Paso Writer's League Award Presentation, Recognition
10/8/2010-10/10/2010- “Chalk The Block” "Family Portrait" projected onto the Chase Building
11/19/2010, El Paso Postcards, abc7 interview for The Hal Marcus Gallery
10/7/2010, Presentation of “Border Tapestry at “The Percolator”, Recognition for creating the cover for Annual magazine "Border Tapestry". also illustrated other five paintings included to illustrate the EPWL poetry.
9/11/2010, “Color Las Cruces”, Pleain Air Painting Competititon
9/10/2010,”Hospice El Paso”, Chile event Fundraiser, auction of painted chiles.
7/27/2010, Interview promoting “Hospice El Paso” Chile Event.
6/12/2010, Art Demo for El Paso Writer’s League
2/13/2010, KCOS Art Days, On Air Auction- art commentator.
11/12/2009. KCOS “Chef Showcase” Auction
11/29/2009, Hospice El Paso”, Fundraiser and Chile’s Auction.
8/2009 - Chaired one of the biggest Art Shows in El Paso, the "Western Impressions Art Show", held at the El Paso Main Library.
2/2009, “KCOS Art Days”, Art Commentator
12/7/2008, EPAA Installation, Re-Elected as 2009 VP for Promotions.
12/5-6/2008, EPAA Christmas Fair, Crossland Gallery
11/13/2009, KCOS, Created poster for “Wine Cheese and Chocolat” event
6/21/2008, “Chalk The Block” featured artist.
5/11/2008,”Celebrate The Arts, El Paso Public Library, downtown.
3/29/2008, “El Paso Artists and Writters Showcase” –Saddleblanket El Paso
NOAPS, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society
RBW, Rio Bravo Watercolorists,
PSEP, Pastel Society of El Paso ,
PAPS, Plein Air Painters of El Paso ,
EPWL, El Paso Writer's League,