MARIA MIJARES is a contemporary realist painter working in New Jersey, known for conceptually 'lived-out ' stories relayed in 'psychedelic precision' and public art.
She has exhibited internationally in museum, university, corporate, and alternative galleries. A retrospective exhibition at the MORRIS MUSEUM (2013) entitled "IMMORTAL STRUCTURES: Here and There After" was followed by a solo exhibit,"Two Ships Esperando" at Galeria Siboney in Santander, Spain.
Mijares studied at New England School of Art (Boston, MA) painting at Art Students League in Woodstock, NY, and earned a BA in Fine Art from Rutgers University.
She was awarded fellowships from Puffin Foundation, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. and two from New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Mijares' 4 large-scale porcelain enamel on steel murals, "Between Manhattan and Meadowlands" are installed at Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System's Bergenline Avenue Station in Union City, NJ. Currently she is creating two paintings for a public art installation at NJ Transit Market Street Bus Station's (Paterson) and a porcelain enamel on steel, four-sided Wayfinder for the City of Worcester, MA entitled "DINERS: Then & Now."
Her work is in the collections of Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander, Spain, Newark Museum, Montclair Museum, Jersey City Museum, Morris Museum, Noyes Museum, Zimmerli Museum, NJ State Museum, the estate of John Cardinal O'Connor, New Brunswick City Hall.
She has lectured at museums, schools, hospitals, and caregiver support groups, and was an E.B. Osborn Fellow at the Purnell School, Gladstone, NJ, 2015 & 2021.
Mijares has been featured in two books-a textbook "Fearless Creating" (Dr. Eric Maisel, 1995, G.P. Putnam's Sons and "Artists Observed" Harvey Stein, 1986, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NYC.