Born in the Philippines, Maria Dumlao works in various combined media, including film, video, sound, photography, and installation. Her current work, History in RGB, explores individual and collective history as viewed through multiple lenses. Using images of history, popular culture, mythic folklore, landscapes, and creatures, she proposes alternatives to the systemic representations ordered by colonial narratives. Each print is a juxtaposition of images that have been stripped of color, then re-assigned with the value of a specific color based on a “tropical” Pantone palette.
Dumlao’s work has been exhibited, screened and performed at venues including Art in General, Momenta Art Gallery and Schroeder Romero Gallery in NYC, Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii, and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Vox Populi Gallery and Black Oak House, and a group show at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. She was also a recipient of a 2017 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant. Dumlao received a BA in Studio Art/Art History from Rutgers College and a MFA in Studio Art at Hunter College-CUNY. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.