Hometown: Hong Kong
Based in: San Francisco
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Maria Lobo’s art training took her to Italy, Spain, Canada and California. Studying at the University of Santa Clara and the San Francisco Art Institute, she gained degrees in Fine Art and Painting in 1985. Maria returned to Hong Kong in 1994, having been part of the San Francisco Hunters Point Artists’ Community. In 2003 she relocated to Vancouver, Canada and she currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a result of her international perspective, Maria’s work is a balance of East and West. She combines numerous techniques and materials to create mixed media works, utilizing, patterns and symbols from a multicultural perspective.
Maria exhibits her work internationally. In addition to traditional gallery shows, she frequently works on site-specific commissioned pieces for collectors, designers, corporations, residential and hospitality clients.
“The work is East Meets West in both imagery and techniques. It is a reflection of my own background and heritage, as well as the East/West environment in which we live.”
More About Maria Lobo
What inspires you?
People of different cultures. Travel, movement, humor.
Describe your creative process.
Patterns create themselves once I start painting. I select a few colors beforehand a very limited palette. As I start to work, the images are created spontaneously. I have an idea of the painting when I start, but when I finish, it is better than my original idea.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
East West Balance
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Keep looking ahead
Where do you go for inspiration?