Maria Elena González

Associate Professor; Sculpture/Ceramics Department Chair
Sculpture/Ceramics/New Genres
Maria Elena González

Cuban-born artist María Elena González is an internationally recognized sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY, and the Bay Area, CA. González interweaves the conceptual with a strong dedication to craft in her complex installations and poetic arrangements, exploring themes like identity, memory, and dislocation. Over a career spanning thirty years she has won the Prix de Rome (2003), and more recently, the Grand Prize at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts at Ljubljana, Slovenia (2013). She was a Guggenheim Fellow (2006) and has been awarded grants from numerous foundations including Pollock-Krasner, Joan Mitchell, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Penny McCall. She has served as the Sculpture Commissioner for New York City’s Design Commission and has also taught at Cooper Union School of Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the San Francisco Art Institute among others. In 2017 González’s work was featured in Home: So Different, So Appealing, presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and organized in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston [as part of the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time exhibition program]. González’s work can be found in numerous public collections including the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; Museum voor Modern Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands; Museum of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.Maria Elena González is a Cuban American artist best known for her sculptural installations informed by architecture and personal experience. 

González’s “Tree Talk” series was selected as a single artist presentation at the ADAA Art Show Hirschl & Adler booth in 2016. Tree Talk series culminated in a traveling solo exhibition. Upcoming exhibitions: Sonidxs: Audio Culture in Latinx Art, October 2020-January 2021, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California. From Forces to Forms, March 12, 2021-May 29, 2021, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. Beyond the Sound of Silence, October 2022-January 2023, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida.

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