Maria Calderon was born in Shawnee, Kansas. She was raised in a latin folk musicians network within the Kansas City metro. Celebrations and music were built heavily within the framework of her youth as the hispanic population of the 1980’s banded together to unite and reinforce their culture. Maria grew up surrounded by South American folklore and culture from her Peruvian Father, an Andean folk musician. She studied Painting and Art History in Cortona, Italy in 2004 and in 2006 she graduated from North Park University with a Bachelors in Fine Art with a concentration in Painting. Since her studies at North Park, she has been awarded a studio residency through The Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City. She currently teaches Drawing at The University of Missouri Kansas City and was awarded a spot in the spring 2012 session of Artist INC. through the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City in association with Creative Capital. In Fall of 2011 Maria hosted a lecture and workshop at Harold Washington College. From 2008 – 2013 Maria hosted the Annual Yoga In The Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum which re-installs weekly within the Nelson-Atkins sculpture park. Maria utilizes various mediums including painting, video, and performance throughout her work. She has been creating time based narratives, 2 dimensional and performance based, which address the past, present, and the temporal. Through her installation and communal gatherings she seeks to promote energetic social exchanges between the viewer and the artist by engaging the senses. Maria’s intention is to promote personal reflection of what our life constitutes and a connection to the human soul through intentional art practices and gatherings.