Maria is a sculptor with a Master in Fine Arts from USF in Tampa in 2005. Originally from Italy, she has lived most of her life in the U. S., and now lives in St. Pete Beach. Her early work dealt with issues of marginalization associated with being a bicultural person. Sociopolitical issues informed some of her later sculptures and video installations. Maria’s thesis project in Spring of 2005 was site specific, and aimed at the transformation of a traffic filled urban space into a friendly environment where people could meet and engage in social interaction. The intervention was mediated by the preparation and sharing of a meal on a corner parking lot and was documented through video and photography. Maria has exhibited a solo show at Raggio Verde in Lecce, Italy, where she showed bronze and wire sculptures. She has recently exhibited in Providence with an installation of her “Tropical Pods” in the entrance of the University of Rhode Island. Maria has also exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Edgezones in Miami, Little Sparrow in Atlanta, Gala Corina in Tampa, the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, and many other venues around Florida.