b.1957, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Many of Cruz’s works read like exercises in painting clouds or landscapes, and betray the conscious desire to restrict the palette and essentialise forms. Their intensity is both palpable and somewhat off-hand, as it must be done quickly and without fuss. It is as much about learning as unlearning the automatic gestures with which images are created. There are wildcards thrown in too, disrupting any notion of an even-handed approach or restriction to one topic in the predictable passage of information:  weaving in perceptible themes and motifs, selective personal references and this other self that is not reliant on biography.  Maria has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.