Maria Paz Garcia

Maria Paz Garcia works with a variety of media exploring what is real, and illusion, what matters and what does not. Making use of simulation and irony, she plays with people's preconceptions.


Real Magic – Normal Magic

Woodcut print on plywood, set of 2

Real Magic – Normal Magic

Two-panel, hand-printed woodcut print, offering an exploration of the depths of belief.

Thin to Fat

Oil paint and pencil on canvas

Thin to Fat

One of a series of paintings using gradient lines. The wiggling line manages to unify and make sense of the unfinished background, which has the words 'Thin to Fat' written in pencil.

Polite Graffiti

Oil paint on canvas

Polite Graffiti

Painting of a quote from Levi-Strauss.The quote describes how beliefs and assumptions shape ideas of the Self and the Other.


Oil paint on canvas


Maria was haunted by the image of native Americans drowning Conquistadors to find out if they had a body. She approached the canvas almost as a quicksand where she could leave traces, using her fingers to tap left-overs of oil and then the canvas in quick blind movements.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 MPG, Panam Gallery, Santiago, Chile.

2012 Little House, Kanchen House, Mysore, India.

2002 Clicks Cuts and Noises, Canvas Art Gallery, Amsterdam.

1999 Fading Views. Canvas Art Gallery, Amsterdam.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 London City Island, Resident's Art Show, Ballymore Gallery, London

2017 Fair Booth Trial, Carousel, curated by Marcel Darienzo (

2016 Slippery Surface, Harts Gallery, London

2016 DRIVE THRU, Q Park Exhibition. Cavendish Square, Curated by Roger Clarke, London

2016 Rubbish & Romance, Octavius Road, London

2015 Summer Show Clase Fine Art. 6, Georgian House, St. James, London

2015 Office Sessions 4: Beak Street, London Curated by Caitlin Mavroleon

2015 The Open West. The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham

2014 Office Sessions 3. Art exhibition and experiment in site-specific work and installation. Curated by Caitlin Mavroleon.

2012 Absorb Arts. Absorb Studio, London

2011 Creekside Open 2011, Selected by Phyllida Barlow. APT Gallery, London

2011 She Said. The Outside World Gallery, London

2011 Trans-Siberian.In the travelling space of The Trans-Siberian Arts Centre

2008 Plena Imagen. Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico

2005 Entropia, Caos y Orden. ColdCreation Gallery, Barcelona

2004 Svar /Svara, Gallery Cold Creation, Barcelona

2004 Kunst Rai, Art Fair, Amsterdam

2001 Lugares para visitar, EME3 Density. Centre de Cultura Contemporönia de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona

2001 Mirada en viaje, Centro de Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona

2000 Vano. Galeria ANIMAL, Santiago, Chile

2000 Grandes Paños, Galeria Muro Sur, Santiago, Chile

2000 Desde un mismo lugar, Galeria Tomas Andreu, Santiago, Chile

2000 III Biennal de Temuco, Sala A. Pinto, Temuco, Chile

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards

2017 Residency in La Joya Art, Spain

2016 Artist Talk. AC Cuando La Arquitectura Encuentra La Ciudad

2009 National Council for the Arts Grant, Chilean Government

1999 First prize. COSAPI Prize, GalerÕa Tomàs Andreu, Santiago, Chile

1998 National Council for the Arts Grant, Chilean Government

1996 Honorable mention, I Bienal De Arte de Temuco. Temuco, Chile

1995 National Council for the Arts Grant, Chilean Government

1995 Honorable mention. Bienal de Pintura Gunther Prize

1995 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

1994 First prize, Concurso Nacional sobre Ecologia en Chile

1994 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile