Maria Montiel is an award-winning painter and textile artist based in Spain whose works have been exhibited both nationally and in the United States. Through her art, she seeks to interpret the difficulties of preserving memories as an immigrant. Montiel’s surreal ecosystems of color and movement tell stories of lives left behind, “dancing into a new world”. She most often creates using watercolors and gouache on canvas.

With my work I want to share the way I see the world, a mix of the coconut flavor and the smell of the Caribbean Sea with landscapes of olive trees and Mediterranean breeze, impregnated with the people who have touched my soul and the nature that saw me grow. I am Maria Virginia  ( Mari ), Venezuelan (Maracucha) based in Barcelona, Spain.

In the last years of my university career in graphic design I fell in love with  illustration and from that moment I began to create my imaginary worlds. Years later I specialized in Surface design in Madrid at the Instituto Europeo di Design IED where I was seeking to mix my knowledge as a graphic designer with my love for illustration.

For many years I developed my own personal project Cayena Blanca , where I was able to experiment with my own line of ceramic and textiles for the home, stationery and custom pieces with my art. I also started offering my first watercolor workshops.

I have been collaborating with incredible brands such as Paperchase, GoDiva, RipSkirt Hawaii, Wallpops, Museo Würth La Rioja among others creating specialty pattern design that tell a story and delivering high quality print and final files.