Maritza Mosquera is a visual artist, poet, painter, and cook whose creations often accompany dialogues with community. Her visual works are installation “diaries” about relationships and ideas referencing personal and public desires such as the earth’s healing from fracking, intimacy, criminal justice, the story of skin, the end of racism, home recipes, and the power of voice.
Mosquera received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Massachusetts. Her written and visual work has been presented regionally and nationally, as well as in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, and Chile. Her work has been funded by the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for The Arts, The Buncher Foundation, The Snow Foundation and Arts Midwest.
She currently works with elders and youth who face special challenges such as dementia, incarceration, Alzheimer's, poverty, sexual victimization, and more. Mosquera was born in Ecuador and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.