SOFIA MARIA PAZ
To survive is to find meaning in the suffering. This is the core value that has fueled my multidisciplinary practice since receiving my printmaking MFA degree from Arizona State University. As an Argentine-American artist, currently residing in South Beach, Florida, I seek my art to provoke a new profound form of viewer engagement that can evoke compassion, raise awareness, and instigate social change.
Having lived across three different continents, my mind’s eye is heavily driven to superimpose visual elements from diverse sources—including 18th century art, social media, 1970’s horror films, fairy tales, and crime scene photography—to create fantastical scenes with a symbolic narrative, portraying escapism and entrapment through the lens of a modern collective subconscious.
I began combining print media and digital photo-compositing while working alongside Professor Emeritus, John Risseeuw, on numerous cross-disciplinary mixed media collaborations with cosmologist, Dr. Laurence Krauss, philosopher Cheshire Calhoun, and Dr. Aditi Chattopadhyay from ASU’s AIMS Center. Continuing to create projects with other multidisciplinary artists—including Eric Avery, Karen Kunc, Kathryn Maxwell, Cannupa Hanska Luger, and others—lead me to focus my practice on the post traumatic effects of childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence. These being subjects of global concern, my hope is to continue exhibiting on an international platform beyond the United States and Portugal, as a means to raise awareness and collectively help stop child exploitation.
Sofia Maria Paz
Multimedia photo-compositor & printmaker
Masters in Fine Art, Printmaking
Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ
Bachelors in Fine Art in Studio Art
The University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX
University Honors: Fall 2012–Fall 2014
Printmaking & Paper Engineering
Painting & Drawing
Letterpress & Book arts
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & Powerpoint)
Mac OSX & Windows operating systems