Maria Schneider, What It Is And What It Was, 2019. Photographic composition on rag paper, 18 x 24 inches.
Maria Schneider reflects upon her inspiration for her photographs: "Drawing from the traditions of the Dadaist, Ed Rusche, Hip-Hop and Graffiti Art, I juxtapose images and words to set tension between what is there and what is imagined."
Schneider’s art is characterized by graphic simplicity and conceptual undertones. A native of Madrid, Spain, Schneider studied at The Arts Student League in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She became a member of NextFab, a makers-space in Philadelphia, where she works with lasers, LED lighting and other technologies which she incorporates in her artistic practice. Previously, she completed a Law Degree and an MBA, disciplines that now inform her work. Drawing and experimentation have always been central to her artistic practice. She marries art and technology using basic elements of drawing and simple lighting techniques. Her new ventures into photography use layering ideas to create mystical landscapes of color and shape. Her work is part of several corporate collections – CubeSmart, Price Waterhouse Cooper, AIMCO, Rhino Investments, Raynes-Lawn- Hehmeyer, Lincoln-Harris, myCIO, as well as private individuals. She has exhibited at the Barnes Foundation (group exhibit), Rowan University, Pennsylvania State Museum, Philadelphia City Hall, CFEVA, Philadelphia downtown galleries as well as Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Samara Gallery in Houston, Texas.