Maria Formoso uses botanical subjects as the main manifestation of her art. She grew up in Cuba where she was surrounded by tropical foliage all year long. She lived with vivid colors, which to this day have been one of her strengths as she approaches her favorite subject: flowers. Her art has been influenced by the work of Georgia O’Keefe, the watercolors of Richard Karwoski, with whom she studied at Parsons school of design as well as Mindy Lighthipe, her teacher and mentor at the New York botanical garden.
Besides Parsons, she studied watercolor painting at various schools in New York City such as: the school of visual arts, the Art Students League and others. Her love of tropical flowers and botanical subjects in general took her to enroll in the new york botanical garden program for botanical art and illustration where she increased her skills and enjoyed the use of other mediums such as pen and ink, graphite and color pencil. Maria received her certificate from that program having completed all required courses. Besides botanical subjects she has done still life, which has included natural forms such as shells, fruits, both in realistic and abstract forms.
Maria is an exhibiting member of women in the arts organization, which seeks to promote the work of women artists in the New York City area. She is also an exhibiting member of the Riverdale Art Association, and the Rowayton arts center in Rowayton, Connecticut where she has recently been awarded 2nd prize for watercolor and an honorary award for a graphite drawing entitled “wings of love.” Maria was a member of the Art Guild in Chester, Vermont and the flat iron gallery in Peekskill, New York and other galleries and venues. She has participated in numerous solo and group shows in the SOHO New York including the art festival at the United Nations for Caribbean, Central and South American artists.
Maria has sold her work to private collectors both in the United States and abroad. She has spent long periods of time in her beloved Vermont at her home in Andover where she enjoys working on her art and participating in the cultural events in the area. She is a member of the southern Vermont art center. She recently participated in a two persons show entitled: “Just Vermont” at the Ethical Culture Society in Riverdale, New York.