Sofia Maldonado was born in 1984 in Puerto Rico to a Cuban mother and maintains a strong identity to her Cuban roots. Her exuberant abstract paintings centre on the spontaneity and political subversion of street culture and display an urban sensibility and dynamic vitality that transcend political boundaries. Maldonado first burst onto the art scene in the early 2000s through her imaginative and distinct murals adorning the dilapidated walls of abandoned storefronts and buildings in Puerto Rico. Her work deftly bridges Latin American culture to the urban environments of major Western metropolis and creates a timeless dialogue between the ancient and the modern.
Sofia Maldonado’s painting practice encompasses highly stylized large format canvases that link the chaos of the city with her own sensibilities of conflicting identities. In Departure vertical angularities of the city juxtapose the madness of the urban milieu and its protagonists overlaid by the explosive exuberance of Maldonado’s Caribbean ancestry.
Sofia Maldonado was born in 1984 in Puerto Rico to a Cuban mother and maintains a strong identity to her Cuban roots. She completed her postgraduate studies (M.F.A) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2008 received a B.F.A at Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2006. Her first solo museum exhibition, Fever: Tropical Nostalgias & Urban Anxieties in Sofia Maldonado, curated by Carlo McCormick, took place at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, in 2012. She held a solo exhibition, Concrete Jungle Divas, at Magnan Metz Gallery in New York in 2010. In summer of 2012 she received the Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Group shows include Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Mint Museum, NC, traveling, to Museum of Art and Design, NY (2012/13); This Side of Paradise, by No Longer Empty, NY (2012); Into the Mix, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (2012); Beyond Bling, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, FL, and SFiles Biennial, El Museo del Barrio, NY (2011); Skate My Patria, 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); V Certamen de Pintura Diputación de Castellón, Spain (2008). Mural projects include Real Public, Real Arts Ways, CT (2009); Time Square Alliance, NY (2010); and the Bronx Museum, NY (2012).
Sofia Madonado lives and works in New York.