Maria Elena Gonzalez

Visual Arts, 2000

Maria Elena González’s work is included in public and private collections throughout the world, and has been exhibited in major museums and galleries in the United States, Switzerland and Cuba, where she was born. She has received numerous awards, including the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Maria Elena is best known for her sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed. In 1999, she received widespread acclaim for her site-specific outdoor sculpture, Magic Carpet/Home, which was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and installed first in Brooklyn and subsequently in Pittsburgh and in Los Angeles. You & Me premiered in 2010 at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, and Re: Public in 2011 at Bex Arts Triennale in Bex, Switzerland. Maria Elena has taught at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she is a board member, and the Cooper Union School of Art. She is the sculptor member of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. She earned a BFA from Florida International University and an MA in sculpture from San Francisco State University.

Galerie Gisele Linder
Hirschl & Adler

Awards and Accomplishments

2016: González receives a DEAR (Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency) Artists Residency, Oakland, CA


Gonzalez is named a 2014 NYFA Fellow

2015: González is named one of Velvetpark's Top 25 Queer Women of 2015


González won the Grand Prize at 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Gonzalez is nominated by the Fine Arts Federation and appointed by the Mayor as the sculptor member of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York


Gonzalez receives Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Artist Residency


Gonzalez receives Bogliasco Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship


Gonzalez receives grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

2006: Gonzalez receives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

2005: Gonzalez receives a faculty residency at the Skowhegan School of Art

2003: Gonzalez receives Rome Prize residency

2003: Gonzalez receives New York State Council on the Arts Grant

2003: Gonzalez receives NEA Grant