Maria Stabio (b. San Francisco, CA) is a first-generation Filipino American interdisciplinary artist working in painting and social practice. Her pieces are narrative compositions that depict fragmented images extracted from everyday experience (e.g. a light bulb, leaf, spider, or shower head), crafted from sprayed planes of color-block acrylic, layered on top of ad hoc stencils. The images themselves emerge from overlapping screens of pigment, a confusion of positive and negative space.
Stabio graduated with a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. Her work has been shown at Fjord (PA), Pen and Brush (NY), Chasama (NY), Essex Flowers (NY), (harbor) (NY), Orgy Park (NY), and Ely Center of Contemporary Art (CT). She has been awarded artist residencies at the Hinge Arts Program, The Rensing Center, and Vermont Studio Center and was a recipient of the Artist in Residence Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
In late 2015, she began 2MF with fellow artist Sonya Derman. 2MF is series of community meetings – open and participatory experiences – hosted by a selected guest artist. 2MF has been mentioned in Artnews, Observer NY, Art in America, and Art F City. Also in 2015, she purchased and renovated the Grier City Schoolhouse, an historic four-room schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania. She uses the property as her primary residence and studio and rents out a guest room on Airbnb. Stabio also works part-time at Alexandre Gallery in New York City.