Maia Cruz Palileo b. 1979


Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in the artist’s work.  Influenced by the oral history of Palileo family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines, as well as the history between the two countries, the artist infuses these narratives using both memory and imagination. When stories and memories are subjected to time and constant retelling, the narratives become questionable, bordering the line between fact and fiction, while remaining cloaked in the convincingly familiar.


Palileo has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Arts Center, Park City, Utah (2022); the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2021); the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. (2019); Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2019); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2017); and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, curated by Jordan Buschur, New York (2015). Upcoming group shows include Ghosts of Empires, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong (2022); The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (2022); Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York (2022); Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, New York (2022); Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water, Seattle Art Museum (2022). Palileo’s work has been included in exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2019); Perrotin, New York, (2019); The Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011).  Palileo is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. The artist received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and BA in studio art at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Palileo has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine; Lower East Side Print Shop, New York; Millay Colony, Austerlitz, New York; and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans. Their work is in the collections of The San Jose Museum of Art, California; The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; The Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and The Fredriksen Collection in Norway.

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