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, sexual intimacy, criminal justice, the story of skin, the end of racism, home recipes, and the power of voice.
Mosquera received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She was granted a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1987.
Her written and visual work have been presented regionally and nationally, as well as in Ecuador, Ireland, and Chile. Her work has been funded by the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the 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 regular life.
Mosquera's current studios are in Pittsburgh and Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania.