Sofia Maria Paz
Printmaker, Photo-compositor, & Lecturer
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
Professional Fine Artist
Established creative practice in Miami Beach, FL, dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse and human trafficking by participating in satellite fairs, fine art exhibitions, commissioned fine art works, and founding collaborative projects to help aid the efforts of non-profit organizations during the COVID pandemic. Created relations with Miami Beach’s crypto community as a certified crypto artist for her original NFT artworks and commissioned projects designing NFT collections.
Self Employed Online Lecturer
Designed and lectured live streamed art history and art theory lessons to 500-1,000 students, as a means to provide free art education to underprivileged communities globally.
Herberger Institute of Art & Design at Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ.
2D Design Instructor
Taught undergraduates the principles & media of 2D design through multimedia demonstrations & lectures on visual art vocabulary, contemporary art theory & art movements throughout history.
Teaching Assistant for Professional Practices in Design & Arts
Assisted faculty associate, Ann Morton, in grading student assignments, taking class attendance, and keeping record of students' completion on assignments and blog postings.
Color Theory Instructor
Taught undergraduates the principles of color theory & how they are formally and theoretically applied in visual art, 3D design, architecture, & installation art through the 14th to the 21st Century.
President of the Diablo Printmakers' Guild
Established ASU's first official printmaking student organization alongside creating the club's website, Facebook, and Instagram page. Organized club meetings, exhibitions, workshops, and vending tents to raise club funds in order to send members to conferences and cover travel expenses for visiting artists to make collaborative editions with our undergraduate and graduate students.
Creative Research Assistant To Professor Emeritus, John Risseeuw
Was the lead research assistant in assisting Professor Emeritus, John Risseeuw, on a perpetual portfolio project that collaborated with senior Arizona State University professors on multimedia print editions inspired by their specialized fields of study—including cosmology, theoretical physics, smart materials engineering, psychology, and social political science.
Creative Research Assistant at Pyracantha Press
Catalogued the largest typeface collection in North America. Researched undocumented type from the U.S. & Western Europe dating back to the 16th Century, & personally discovered & authenticated typefaces never before catalogued.
Lost In Eden, private viewing curated by Society.10, at 1 Hotel South Beach; Miami Beach, FL.
ArtXTech, curated by ATO Gallery, at Blockchain Center; Miami, FL.
Fractured Memory, solo exhibition, at Step Gallery; Phoenix, AZ.
Chaos Theory 19, curated by Randy Slack, at Legend City Studios; Phoenix, AZ.
1st Annual Galbut Prize Exhibit, at ASU's Harry Wood Gallery; Tempe, AZ.
Otherworldly, curated by Kenosha Drucker, at Megaphone; Phoenix, AZ.
SAVOR Showcase, hosted by RAW Artists, at The Pressroom; Phoenix, AZ.
9th International Biennial Douro 2018, international biennial curated by Nuno Canelas; Douro, Portugal.
3rd Global Print 2017, international exhibition at the Douro Museum curated by Nuno Canelas; Régua, Portugal.
Within & Out, group exhibition curated by Miguel Monzon, at Modified Arts; Phoenix, AZ.
Diablo Printmaker's Guild First National Juried Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery at Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ.
Imprint One, VAM Gallery at Austin Oaks Church; Austin, TX.
Thirty Eight Years of Printmaking With Tim High - Works from the Student Collection, VAM Gallery at Austin Oaks Church; Austin, TX.
The W Hotel, selected work Defacement; Austin, TX.
2015 Senior Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX.
Blowout X, FAB Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX.
Praxis, Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX.
Off The Beaten Path Campaign, T-shirt campaign founded by Sofia Paz in collaboration with the nonprofit organization, Operation Underground Railroad, to help rescue children from sex trafficking and aid victims of sex slavery.
Doing Valuable Time, fifty edition letterpress print (in collaboration with Philosophy Prof. Cheshire Calhoun, John Risseeuw, & Tyler Cook).
From The Dancehall To The Press, twelve artist 20 edition print exchange per invitation by Kathryn Maxwell.
Knowledge to Safety: A New Frontier, fifty edition multimedia print (in collaboration with Prof. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Aditi Chattopadhyay, John Risseeuw, Dr. Christopher Sorini, & Dr. Bonsung Koo).
Semographics III Mono-printing Marathon (in collaboration with Eric Avery, Sandra C. Fernandez, Tim High, John Hitchcock, Stephanie Hunder, Brian Johnson, Amanda Knowles, Karen Kunc, Kathryn Maxwell, David Newman, & Lenore Thomas).
Irontype, twenty-five edition print (in collaboration with ceramist Cannupa Hanska Luger, & Louise Fisher).
From Nothing to Everything, fifty edition multimedia print (in collaboration with Physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Dr. Jayden Newstead, & John Risseeuw).
35 Faces of Dr Petko, hundred-and-twenty edition letterpress print (in collaboration with Jessica Spring, Dan Mayer, & Cindi Iverson).
Blind Date, hand reduction screenprint (in collaboration with Tim High—I created the print's original digital compositing of the appropriated images).
Runwire Magenta, thirty edition screenprint (in collaboration with Muriel Magenta, Mary Hood Mac Bydalek, Janet Diaz, Emily Ritter, & Shangning Wang).
Art & Law, Christie's Education
Certified in international art law with focus on United States, United Kingdom, and Asian jurisdictions. Highly proficient in art transactional issues, artist moral and legal rights, copyright infringement, art authenticity and attribution, the import and exportation of cultural objects and artworks contenting materials of protected species, artwork restitution and repatriation, and museum deaccessioning.
AWARDS & HONORS
Top 10 Finalist In Sock It To Me sock design contest, awarded by Sock It To Me design company.
Top 10 Finalist In Sock It To Me sock design contest, awarded by New Avenues For Youth and Sock It To Me design company.
5th & 6th Finalist In Sock It To Me sock design contest, awarded by New Avenues For Youth and Sock It To Me design company.
GPSA Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by Graduate Professional Student Association in the amount of $500 in recognition for exemplary teaching at Arizona State University.
1st Place Category Lithography in New Impressions Competition, awarded by Speedball printmaking supplies.
Student Enrichment Grant, awarded by the Herberger Institute of Design & the Arts and Arizona State University'sSchool of Art to travel and secure an invitation as Semographics III's collaborative artist at the Southern Graphics Council in Atlanta, GA.
Herberger Student Scholars Award, scholarship awarded by the Herberger Institute of Design & the Arts for the 2016–2017 academic year.
Arrowmont & CBAA Joint Travel Scholarship, awarded a full-ride scholarship awarded by the College Book Arts Association and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts to attend Arrowmont's fresco painting workshop in Gatlinburg, TN, to learn & research 14th Century fresco materials & techniques.
GPSA Travel Grant, awarded by Graduate and Professional Student Association to attend the Southern Graphics Council in Portland, OR.
2nd Place Category Wildcard in New Impressions Competition, awarded by Speedball printmaking supplies.
Bob Anderson Memorial Travel Scholarship, awarded by printmaking faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, TX.
Best in Show Printmaking Portfolio at Blowout X, awarded by printmaking faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, TX.
Kay Pearson Harrison Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, awarded by the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, TX.
University Honors at the University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX.
Dean's List (2 semesters) at St. Edwards University; Austin, TX.
Permanent collection Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Janet Tuner Print museum, AP/RC (Artist Printmaker/Research Collection, Zuckerman Museum of Art permanent collections, "From The Dance Hall to The Press—Contemporary Western Women Portfolio," w invited group portfolio founded and organized by printmaker Kathryn Maxwell.
Hutchinson Collection, "Burning Ants" and "Muzzled," works purchased by William Hutchinson, Dallas, TX.
Steve & Niel Molaver Private Collection, "Catching Flies" and "Pinky Promise," works purchased by Steve Molaver, Phoenix, AZ.
Zuckerman Museum of Art SGC International archives collection, "Confines of A Rubber Duck" From The Dancehall To The Press trade portfolio, 20th edition.
The University of Texas at Austin Serigraphy Teaching Permanent Collection, "Countenance In The Storm," works selected by printmaker Timothy G. High.
The University of Texas at Austin Serigraphy Teaching Permanent Collection, "Unfolded," works selected by printmaker Timothy G. High.
"Life & Work with Sofia Maria Paz," VoyageMIA Magazine, April, 2022.
"Artist Sofia Paz Creates T-shirt Campaign to Help End Child Sex Trafficking," Miami Chronicles, April, 2021.
"Getting to Know the Superbly Talented Sofia Maria Paz," interview by Carrie Eldridge, November, 2019.
"Life and Art with Sofia Maria Paz," Voyage Phoenix Magazine, June, 2018.
Supersition [Review] online literary magazine, Issue 22, 1 December, 2018.
High, Timothy, "Imprint One," Journal of The Print World, July, 2016, pg. 19–21.
SELECTED RESEARCH SKILLS
Care & handling of books, paper, & manuscripts. Advanced skills in the handling & care of rare works on paper.
Highly proficient in art history & art practices. Professionally trained in art theory & studio practice. Highly knowledgeable in the history of art in western Europe & America, dating from the Early Middle Ages to present.
Highly proficient in research & source management. Can manage large corpuses of material (I catalogued the largest typeface collection in North America) & conduct advanced research pertaining to its local origin & design evolution.
Advanced in cultural interpretation & adaptability. Having been raised in Switzerland, Argentina, & USA, I am highly proficient in cultural interpretation when conducting research & highly adaptable in collaborative cross-disciplinary projects.
Advanced in critical thinking & creativity. Highly proficient in understanding & relaying complex art theories & am exceptionally creative in my critical thinking & research processes.
SELECTED ART SKILLS
Letterpress & Book arts
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & Powerpoint)
Mac OSX & Windows operating systems
English & Spanish: Fluent in speaking, reading, and writing.
French & Italian: Basic level in speaking, reading and writing.